Panto returns to Liverpool this summer

PANTO returns to the Liverpool waterfront in May when Shone Productions’ Sleeping Beauty opens at The Auditorium at the M&S Bank Arena.

Singer Gareth Gates stars as the handsome prince in Sleeping Beauty – The Pantomime of Your Dreams which runs from Saturday 29 May until Saturday 5 June 2021. He is joined by Peppa Pig’s Emma Grace Arends as the Princess, while the cast also includes comedy favourite Bippo.

When the Evil Carabosse curses Princess Beauty to die on her 21st birthday, Beauty’s Fairy ensures she only falls into a deep sleep which can be broken with a kiss from her one true love. A handsome prince must come to her rescue and save the day.

Gareth Gates shot to fame at the age of 16 when he was runner up in the first series of ITV talent show Pop Idol in 2002.

 In 2009 he took on the leading role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and his musical theatre career has also included Marius in the 25th anniversary world tour of Les Mis, Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde and Willard in Footloose.

He said: “It’s always a pleasure to perform for Liverpool audiences – people in the city really appreciate live theatre and they know how to have a good time.

“I know I can’t wait to get back on stage, and I can promise this brilliant new production of Sleeping Beauty will be a real treat for all the family.”

 Producer James Shone added: “We all deserve some fun and laughter in our lives, and what better way to celebrate the easing of Covid restrictions than with a magical panto?

“The Auditorium is a fantastic venue and I know that our audiences are going to have a happy half-term as they cheer on the handsome prince and plucky princess and boo the baddie Carabosse.”

The pantomime will be staged in a Covid-safe space which includes reduced seating capacity to allow social distancing, a one-way system around the venue, hand sanitiser stations and deep cleaning between each performance. The venue also has a ‘Book With Confidence’ policy in place, in the event of any changes to government guidance or local measures, full refunds will be given.

Tickets range from £18-£26. For listing info and booking visit www.mandsbankarena.com/