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Last chance to see the hottest panto around!

December 31st, 2014

Our spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella, closes this Sunday.
If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet don’t worry, there’s a little availability left.

December
Wednesday 31st at 3pm – Last 5 seats in the Circle

January
Friday 2nd at 7.15pm – Last few in the Stalls and good availability in the Circle
Saturday 3rd at 7pm – Good availability
Sunday 4th at 1pm – Last 4 seats in the Stalls and last 2 seats in the Circle
Sunday 4th at 4.30pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls


    Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella!

    December 29th, 2014

    We’re into the final week of our spectacular pantomime Cinderella.
    With the last few shows nearly sold out here’s the rest of the availability…

    Monday 29th at 7.15pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls and last 2 seats in the Circle
    Tuesday 30th at 2pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls
    Tuesday 30th at 2pm – Good availability in the Circle
    Wednesday 31st at 11.30am – Good availability in the Circle
    Wednesday 31st at 3pm – Last few seats in the Circle

    Friday 2nd at 2.30pm – Last 4 seats in the Circle
    Friday 2nd at 7.15pm – Last few seats Rear Stalls, good availability in the Circle
    Saturday 3rd at 7pm – Good availability
    Sunday 4th at 1pm – Last 3 seats in the Stalls, Last 2 seats in the Circle

    Click on the Book Now button at the top of this page to secure your tickets!


      Latest Cinderella availability

      December 24th, 2014

      Tickets for Cinderella have flown out, with many performance’s now sold out.
      Don’t worry though, there’s still a chance to go to the ball…

      Here’s a list of our availability…

      Boxing Day at 2pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls
      Boxing Day at 6pm – Last 2 seats in the Circle
      Saturday 27th at 2pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls
      Sunday 28th at 6pm – Last Few seats remaining
      Monday 29th at 7.15pm – Last few seats remaining
      Tuesday 30th at 2pm – Last 2 seats in the Circle
      Wednesday 31st at 3pm – Last few seats remaining
      Friday 2nd at 2.30pm – Last few seats remaining
      Saturday 3rd at 2.30pm – Last 6 seats in the Circle
      Sunday 4th at 1pm – Last 2 seats in the Stalls and last 2 seats in the Circle


        Seats released for Cinderella!

        December 22nd, 2014

        We’ve just released a few seats on some of our sold out performances for Cinderella this week.

        We now have a few seats available for…

        Tuesday 23rd at 7.15pm
        Christmas eve at 11.30am and 3pm
        Boxing day at 2pm and 6pm

        Click the ‘Book Now’ link at the top of this page to secure your seats to the hottest pantomime around!


          The Clock is ticking…

          December 20th, 2014

          Don’t miss your chance to go to the ball.

          Tickets to our Christmas family pantomime, Cinderella are selling fast. If you haven’t seen it yet we have a few performances with availability. But hurry, the clock is ticking…

          December

          Sunday 28th at 6pm – Last few in the circle
          Monday 29th at 7.15pm – Last few in the circle
          Tuesday 30th at 7.15pm – Good availability
          Wednesday 31st at 11.30am – Good availability
          Wednesday 31st at 3pm – Last few in the circle

          January

          Friday 2nd at 2.30pm – Last few in the circle
          Friday 2nd at 7.15pm – Good availability
          Saturday 3rd at 2.30pm – Last few in the circle
          Saturday 3rd at 7pm – Good availability
          Sunday 4th at 1pm – Last few in the circle
          Sunday 4th at 4.30pm – Last few in the circle


            Don’t miss out on the hottest panto around!

            December 13th, 2014

            Tickets for Cinderella have been flying out with many shows now sold out. But don’t worry, you can still go the ball. We still have availability on certain performances.

            Here’s a list of the performances where we have availability…

            Sunday 14th @ 6pm – Last few in the circle
            Saturday 20th @ 7pm – Last few in the circle
            Monday 22nd @ 7.15pm – Last few in the circle
            Tuesday 23rd @ 7.15pm – Last few in the circle
            Saturday 27th @ 7pm – Last few in the circle
            Sunday 28th @ 6pm – Last few in the circle
            Monday 29th @ 7.15pm – Good availability (circle only)
            Tuesday 30th @ 2pm – Last few in the circle
            Wednesday 31st @ 11.30am – Good availability
            Wednesday 31st @ 3pm – Last few in the circle

            January
            Friday 2nd @ 2.30pm – Last few in the circle
            Friday 2nd @ 7.15pm – Good availability
            Saturday 3rd @ 7pm – Good availability
            Sunday 4th @ 4.30pm – Last few in the circle


              Read our Cinderella Reviews!

              December 11th, 2014

              REVIEW
              The Lichfield Mercury

              FORGET any misconceptions that you may have had about traditional family pantomimes – the Lichfield Garrick’s production of Cinderella is brilliantly entertaining from curtain rise to fall.
              Of course, the standard ‘oh, no it isn’t’ exchanges are thrown in for good measure, but this production is much more than a typical, predictable pantomime.
              A beautiful, colourful and glittering set, pitch-perfect singing, excellent choreography and a very funny script are the basis of the Garrick’s festive family-friendly offering.
              Add to that a wonderful live orchestra performing directly above the stage, conducted by the Garrick’s Artistic Director Adrian Jackson, and the result is an incredibly professional and polished production.
              Whisking its audience away to the most romantic city on earth, Paris, the Garrick has put an exciting twist on one of the most timeless of all fairytales.
              Poor, but ever ‘cheery’, Cinderella (Samantha Dorsey) leads a hard life of chores and more chores; always under the watchful eye of her evil step mother, Madame Fromage (Andrea Miller) and two ugly sisters Mademoiselle Brie (Kate Playdon) and Camembert (Stacey Victoria Bland).
              But, a chance meeting with her fairy godmother, Madame Zulieka, Queen of the Gypsies (Ian Adams), changes her life forever!
              A sparkling ball offers ‘Ella’ the chance to swap her rags for a beautiful ballgown and dance the night away with Prince Charming, played brilliantly by Oliver Ormson. But, when the clock strikes midnight the dream is over and reality returns for Cinderella. Will Prince Charming ever find the woman of his dreams ?
              Based on the original story by Charles Perrault, this version, adapted and directed by Garrick favourite Ian Adams is fast-paced and action-packed.
              There’s plenty of audience participation and references to popular culture to keep youngsters entertained.
              The jokes are genuinely funny too, with just the right amount of dreadful ones included to draw playful groans from adults in the audience. Listen out for gags relating to Cannock and Rugeley – and the production’s sponsors Tempest Ford and Arthur Price!
              Arthur Bostrom played the prince’s right-hand man, Count Dandini de Tartare, brilliantly, announcing his arrival on stage with two simple words ‘Gid moaning’ – a famous phrase from his years as Officer Crabtree in ‘Allo ‘Allo.
              Ian Adams excelled as the panto dame, demonstrating some impressive tap skills, and keeping the entire show together.
              Kate Playdon and Stacey Victoria Bland were also hilarious as the raunchy and unladylike not-so ugly sisters.
              Not a toe was placed out of line or a note not hit all evening by the dazzling cast, with the beautiful Samantha Dorsey and dashing Oliver Ormson’s impressive voices shown off well during some powerful singing numbers.
              High praise should also go to the adorable Cinderella Children, who had great stage presence.
              The Garrick’s take on Cinderella is exciting and fresh. It finds a great balance between drama, music, dance and comedy and is the perfect treat for theatre-goers of all ages looking to be entertained this festive season.
              Cinderella runs at the Lichfield Garrick until January 4, 2015.

              REVIEW
              The Birmingham Mail

              Aptly set in the city of Paris starring Allo Allo favourite, Arthur Bostrom, who played French policeman Crabtree for nine years, this was a professional and slick show with great props – including a spectacular carriage for Cinderella – sets and costumes.

              Ian Adams is, as always, a great pantomime dame. This year in the guise of Madame Zulieka, Queen of the Gypsies, aka Fairy Godmother, Ian, who writes and directs the show, did not fail to deliver a host of cheesy jokes and innuendos, to keep parents amused.

              Talking of cheesy, the puns didn’t end there in this classic fairytale where love conquers all.

              For the brilliant wicked stepmother, played by Andrea Miller, was Madame Fromage owner of Hotel du Fromage, and her daughters, aka the Ugly Sisters, Mademoiselle’s Camembert and Brie, were perfectly and hilariously played out by Stacey Victoria Bland and Kate Playdon.

              After last year’s record breaking run of Snow White and the Magic Mirror, the action once again played out with a live eight piece band on an upper stage overlooking the cast with the Garrick musical director Adrian Jackson at the helm.

              Add to that great singing and dancing from the cast, tickertape falling from the ceiling, a Christmas sing along, audience participation, a firework finale and lots of opportunities to shout Oh Yes You Are, this is a definite all round family winter warmer that will get you in the festive spirit.

              Cinderella will run at the Garrick until January 4.
              For tickets www.lichfieldgarrick.com or 01543 412121

              REVIEW
              PHIL PREECE

              The Garrick’s panto’s have always been good value since the theatre’s Artistic Director Adrian Jackson took them in hand, but this one tops the lot. As music supremo this year he conducts the brilliant Cinderella Band while star dame Ian Adams has authored a racy and very funny script that goes back to the original Perrault fairy tale, setting the action firmly in a traditionally English stereotyped vision of France. Julie Paton’s choreography gives the whole production a reassuringly grown-up feel while John Brooking’s ingenious sets and lavish costumes give the show a reassuring aura of luxury. The result is a West End production that’s pure theatrical joy without West End eye-watering ticket prices.

              Cinderella is always a favourite panto because it’s the most optimistic story on earth – poor girl meets, and keeps her prince against all the odds, and in this years all-new show it’s re-told so colourfully that the result is sheer laugh-out-loud enjoyment for all ages. In a marvellous hand-picked cast from tiny-tot first-time performers to seasoned old troupers some names stand out.

              Oliver Ormson really is charming as the Prince of that name, while the porcelain loveliness of Samantha Dorsey makes her the perfect choice for the ingénue Cinderella. Arthur Bostrom (’Allo ’Allo) is assured and genuinely funny as the prince’s sidekick Count Dandini de Tartare, and it’s a truly brilliant coup to have the traditional Ugly Sisters transformed into lager- swigging TOWIE ladettes. Kate Playdon as Mademoiselle Brie and Stacey Victoria Bland as Mademoiselle Camembert are the far from genteel young things their mother hopes will catch their men. Played as hysterically funny man-chasers they are gross, grotesque and grabby. But it’s Andrea Miller as their mother Madame Fromage who nearly steals the show as a real, determined fixer with a nasty edge brought on by the exasperating task of trying to find husbands for the monsters she spawned.

              But of course the brightest star in this production is Ian Adams, the most accomplished dame in all showbiz as Madame Zulieka. Never grotesque, his genial characterisation of this gypsy fortune teller is dainty, good-humoured but with a workaday common streak that shouts reality. His gags come thicker than sequins on a Strictly Come Dancing frock as he propels the show forward with the lightest of touches.

              Give yourself a treat this Christmas and celebrate your inner child, whatever your official age. This joyous Cinderella is a master class in traditional entertainment.


                It’s Panto time!

                December 5th, 2014

                Our Christmas pantomime Cinderella is now open!

                Tickets are selling fast, with shows around Christmas already selling out! But fear not, there are still tickets left. But book fast to avoid disappointment.

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                  Rehearsals are well underway!

                  November 19th, 2014

                  The Cinderella rehearsals are now in full swing.
                  Our cast and crew met each other for the first time on Monday and are now well into rehearsals.
                  Keep a look out here and on Twitter and Facebook for our rehearsal photos!

                  The Cinderella Cast during the script read through

                  The Cinderella Cast during the script read through

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                    Win the ultimate family Christmas

                    November 1st, 2014

                    We’ve teamed up with Three Spires Shopping Centre to put together the ultimate family Christmas package!

                    For your chance to win an amazing Christmas prize package worth over £650 all you need to do is…

                    Find 8 iconic Cinderella characters and props hidden in the windows of Three Spires retailers.
                    Use the competition leaflet below to collect the 8 corresponding store names and then submit your answers online at www.threespireslichfield.com

                    This fantastic prize package includes:

                    6 tickets to see Cinderella at The Lichfield Garrick and meet the cast!
                    £100 M&S shopping voucher
                    Family haircut for 2 adults and 3 children at The Francesco Group
                    Snowman Family decoration from Magical Story
                    £20 Friary Shoes voucher
                    £100 Debenhams shopping voucher
                    Arthur Price vision 76 piece, 8 person cutlery set worth £260
                    A winter service and a ‘Diamond’ valet from Tempest Ford
                    Danish design watch coutesy of Oliver’s Jewellers
                    3 day family day pass to Lichfield Golf & Country Club + a round of golf for 4 people

                    The competition will close on Sunday 30th November

                    Win the ultimate family Christmas

                    Win the ultimate family Christmas