Wild West-Set Panto A Huge Hit In The East

Wayne Sleep in the Wild West helped make the 2016/2017 Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime a huge success. Jack and The Beanstalk, which featured a star cast headed by the renowned dancer and performer, proved popular with all ages.

61,200 people saw the show which generated a record-breaking £1,087,670 in ticket sales, an increase on last year’s previous record of £1,072,236.

The panto also won glowing praise from audiences and critics alike thanks to a strong cast starring opposite Wayne including panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett who wrote and directed the show as well as playing Dame Nigella Trottalot, comedy favourite Ben Langley as the always-energetic Silly Billy, Norwich’s own Harriet Bunton as Dolly the Fairy, popular West End performer David Burilin in the title role, and distinguished character actor David Gant as Sheriff Phil Hiccup with songstress Mira Ormala as Jolene.

The show won praise in the specialist showbiz media with distinguished theatre writer Anne Morley-Priestman saying the creative team discovered the magical pantomime formula by setting the show in the Wild West while Jackie Montague from theatre industry Bible, The Stage, praised cast-members Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley saying: “The rapport and comic timing between the pair is often brilliant.”

Meanwhile ticket sales remain buoyant for the theatre’s 2017 -18 pantomime Sleeping Beauty, which will see the return of panto favourites Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley. Over 13,000 tickets have already been sold, with further casting still to be announced.