Berwick Kaler

Why Retired Dame Berwick Will Write Sleeping Beauty Panto For Theatre Royal


By Charles  Hutchinson in The Press.   Berwick Kaler may have exited pantomime stage left in February, but the grand old dame of York Theatre Royal is taking up the call to write the script for Sleeping Beauty this coming winter. “When I said on the last night, ‘if they ask me, I’ll be back […]

Want To Join Berwick In This Year’s Panto ? Auditions Open For Youngsters


From YorkMix.   The search is on to find a dozen young people to appear in this year’s pantomime The Grand Old Dame of York which marks Berwick Kaler’s 40th appearance as York Theatre Royal’s Dame. Auditions will be held on Saturday September 22 for youngsters between eight and 11 years old, and who are under 5ft […]

Panto Daft Lad Martin Barrass Is Bouncing Back At York Theatre Royal One Year After Bike Crash


  By Charles Hutchinson in The Press.   Martin Barrass has never performed on the reconfigured York Theatre Royal stage until this week. Indeed, he has only stepped on the main-house boards once since January 31 2015, the last night of Old Mother Goose, and that was to walk gingerly towards dame Berwick Kaler‘s embrace on […]

York Panto Star Berwick Kaler Fights Back After Heart Bypass Operation

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    By Mike Laycock in The Press.   Panto legend Berwick Kaler has told how he is fighting back to health from major heart surgery as he prepares for his next show at York Theatre Royal. Britain’s longest serving pantomime dame says he is recovering well following a double heart bypass operation in July, when he […]

Chuffin’ Heck! Panto Cast Check Out Their New 1,000-Seater Home At The National Railway Museum


  Dame Berwick Kaler and fellow cast members from Dick Whittington (and his Meerkat) have paid their first site visit to the Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum – their new home for the panto season while York Theatre Royal is closed for a £4.1m redevelopment. To read the rest of this story […]

York Theatre Royal Confirms Cast For Dick Whittington


Story by Charles Hutchinson at The Press York Theatre Royal’s once-in-a-lifetime pantomime at the National Railway Museum will be fronted by the familiar four once more. For Dick Whittington (And His Meerkat), the writer, director and dowager dame Berwick Kaler will be re-joined in his 37th year by his dysfunctional panto family: daft Yorkshire lad […]

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