Panto breaks box office records

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 January 2011

Cindrella Panto Stars wave goodbye to Weston-super-Mare.

Cindrella Panto Stars wave goodbye to Weston-super-Mare.

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THE magic of Weston Playhouse's panto certainly rubbed off on residents who helped to break box office records this year.

Ticket sales for Cinderella increased by around five per cent on last year’s total and audience numbers passed the 18,000 mark – the best sales since records began.

People have been flocking to the theatre since the panto began in mid-December to watch the hilarious antics unfold.

And the cast, which included Coronation Street legend Sean Wilson as Buttons, Kelle Bryan from girl band Eternal and John Lyons, of A Touch of Frost, waved goodbye to audiences on Sunday as their run of shows came to an end.

Peter Undery, general manager, said: “It is a credit to everyone involved with The Playhouse that these figures reinforce the quality of shows and warm welcome on offer.”

Paul Holman, of Paul Holman Associates which produced the panto, said: “The Playhouse is a theatre Weston can be proud of and we cherish the strong relationship that we’ve built with the team over recent years.

“We are enormously grateful to the audiences who supported Cinderella this year and already have some very exciting plans in place for next year’s production of Aladdin.”

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