FROM SLAPSTICK TOUR DE FORCE TO SLAP-UP FEAST
Thirty lucky diners enjoyed a banquet on the set of Dick Whittington last Sunday, in a special fundraising event that raised over £400 to support the wider work of Nottingham Playhouse.
In the company of Artistic Director Giles Croft and Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr, attenders were treated to champagne and canapes, followed by a fine three-course dinner served by CAST. Extra entertainment included a backstage tour and quiz – plus a special appearance from one of the bunnies who have popped up in our last few pantos.
Guest of honour was the Playhouse pantomime mastermind Kenneth Alan Taylor. Kenneth, who recently celebrated 60 years in showbusiness, regaled the gathering with tales of his first steps in the profession: as a member of an old-fashioned “fit-up” company which would take up residence in a rural venue (in Kenneth’s case, in Aberdeenshire) for several weeks at a time. This meant they would present a different play each evening, rehearsed the same day – to which Kenneth attributes his celebrated ability to ad-lib.
Nottingham Playhouse is a registered charity (number 1109342) and generous donations from our attenders play an important part in underpinning our work in the city and community. For details of how you can support our current campaigns, visit our Support page.
From just bucket collections during this year’s pantomime alone, we have raised over £4,000 for our SHINE appeal. Thank you to all our audience members who have been so generous this festive season.
Photography by Derek Graham