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May 5, 2020


Panto 1990-1991

Paul Elliott for E&B/Triumph Pantomime Company

NEW THEATRE CARDIFF (8th Dec 1991-19th January)

Transferred to

GRAND THEATRE LEEDS (12th February -24th February 1992)


Jonathan Morris ,Dame Hilda Bracket,  Janet Dibley, Windsor Davies, Dawson Chance, Cheryl Taylor, Nigel Ellacott & Peter Robbins, Natalie Cleverley,  Frank Hennessy (Cardiff) ,Jon Sowden (Leeds) Juliet Brodie, Gary Hoof, Michelle King, Sascha Kane, Donna Lawrence, Paula Lyn, Sarah Mogg, Julian Redmond. The Olive Guppy Olivettes.(Cardiff) The Mavis Booth School (Leeds).

 Directed by Tony Craven, Choreographer Sam Spencer Lane, Musical Director David Roper, Lighting Graham McLusky, CSM Gina Webb (Cardiff) Jon Sowden (Leeds) DSM Joanna Ansdell, ASM Peter McNally, Wardrobe Elaine James.Musicians: Gareth Rees, Neil Martin, Peter Smith, Eric Clarke, Robin Hames, Fraser Lawson, Philip Girling.

The Production played Both New Theatre Cardiff and Grand Theatre & Opera House Leeds with a gap in between each Pantomime. Local BBC Radio Wales personality Frank Hennessy was replaced in Leeds by the CSM Jon Sowden.


We had a great season in Cardiff. The Dressing room Peter and I had was huge, and seemed to have a side room we turned into a Boudoir crossed with a Green room- Dame Hilda presiding in the Interval for teas and cake! The magic of Patrick onstage with Cheryl in the Kitchen scene, and then in Act Two in the “Bench” scene- “Do you love him Cinderella? Oh Yes Fairy Godmother” followed by Patrick’s operatic voice soaring into the gods- yes it was Panto Magic!

Cardiff1991Patrick Cheryl

Dame Hilda singing “The Night Is Young” to Cheryl Taylor- The “Bench Scene”

We were so lucky this season, to play two beautiful Theatres. After a brief break we opened the Pantomime at Leeds Grand & Opera House- and set up digs in the village of Kirkstall, outside the City. Two flats-The Sisters upstairs and Dame Hilda Downstairs. The Musicians next door! The Musicians all joined us in Leeds and in the heavy snow, some skied to work from Kirkstall. Dame Hilda & The Sisters took the bus!


One great adventure after another! A memory I treasure is Patrick, (Dame Hilda) Peter and I- all in our make up and wearing hard hats being given a tour of the magnificent theatre, to the very top of the building to the cellars below with old wartime signs up, an underground stream and a deserted box office with a cardboard cut out of John Hanson as “The Red Shadow” keeping silent guard!

Cardiff1991 Finale

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