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Stage Editorial

geordiepanto19.jpg Spot the ball…

If it’s Cinderella’s ball that you’re looking for then you’ll find it at the 700-seater auditorium inside the Gateshead International Stadium. Brace yourself for the return of the Geordie Panto Company.

The Geordie Panto Company was founded by one of Tyneside’s best-loved sons in Brendan Healy and he helped it become something of an institution at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. It’s since upped sticks for Gateshead and 2019 will be the third consecutive year for the company at this purpose-built, state of the art, auditorium. Sadly, Brendan died in 2016, but, fittingly, his son is following in his footsteps. Finbar Healy will be playing one of the Ugly Sisters this year alongside another Tyneside legend, and company founder, Maxie Peters. The troupe are very proud of their north-east roots and their production of ‘Cinderella’ will have a very Geordie feel to it. Naturally, they will also find room to include their “world famous” take on the 12 Days of Christmas, which has had audiences in hysterics for more than 20 years. The auditorium itself is a real looker and built inside the stadium’s main building facility, with fantastic light show, huge stage and live band. The very definition of a family panto, which adults love just as much as the kids, get set for a month of riotous fun.

Cinderella, Friday 6-Sunday 29 December, Gateshead International Stadium, times vary, from £16. gatesheadstadiumpanto.co.uk