Piratical panto fun ahoy at Rugby Theatre

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Rugby Theatre’s up-coming show Robinson Crusoe holds a special place for Rugby Theatre pantomime king Mike Allen.

It was the first panto Mike ever appeared in and the first he directed at Rugby Theatre. Now Mike is staging the family-friendly show again, with the curtain going up on Friday for the first night of a 13 performance run.

Mike, who has directed 25 pantos, said Robinson Crusoe will always be one of his favourites. He explained: “It’s the simple story of the search for hidden treasure and Robinson’s race to find it before the villainous pirate Blackbeard does. There are some lovely songs, brilliant dance routines and hilarious slapstick in this version.”

And Mike has assembled an enthusiastic cast for the show, including Kevin Wing in the title role, and experienced panto dame Steve Bradnam as his mum, Cissie Crusoe.

“It’s lovely to be back on stage at Rugby,” said Kevin. “I was in Acorn Antiques - The Musical in October, and really enjoyed that. I’ve done panto before in Coventry, but not for a few years now. I’m hopeful this one’s going to be a hit with kids and parents alike.”

The show also features a team of dancers from the Christine Anderson Theatre School, a pantomime cow, a palm tree that steals sandwiches, a shipwreck, and some typically terrible panto jokes.

The show opens on Friday and runs until the following Sunday, January 19. There are two shows Saturday January 11, Sunday January 12, and two shows on the following Saturday and Sunday. There’s no performance on Tuesday, January 14.

For more, see rugbytheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01788 541234.