Seven months ‘til panto time

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The countdown to Christmas has begun.

I know that’s a strange thing to say when we’re in the first half of the year and summer hasn’t even arrived yet, but I saw a word last week that instantly made me think of the time of year that is full of festive cheer.

It also raises a feeling of silly fun and laughter and the word that is ‘panto’.

Aladdin comes to the Kings Theatre in Southsea this December and recently this marvellous venue announced two of the stars that you’ll see on stage.

Antony Costa from the multi-million selling band Blue will play Aladdin and Kings Theatre favourite Marcus Patrick will be the Genie of the Ring.

I was a panto cast member last time in Sleeping Beauty and know how much they’ll enjoy being on that famous stage playing in one of the most beautiful theatres in the country.

My daughters enjoyed the panto so much they still remember many of the songs and lines from the show and keep asking when they can return, so I’m pleased that now the countdown has begun.