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

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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 […]

Britain’s Longest-Serving Panto Dame Berwick Kaler Faces Final Curtain

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    By Charles Hutchinson in The Press. BERWICK Kaler is not retiring. However, Britain’s longest-running pantomime dame has confirmed that tonight’s performance of The Grand Old Dame Of York will be the last time he pulls on the dame’s trademark boots and red and yellow stockings after 40 years at York Theatre Royal. The […]

The Verdict: Dame Berwick Kaler’s Grand Exit After 40 Years Of York Pantomimes

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  By Charles Hutchinson in The Press.   It began as a celebration of 40 years of the Grand Old Dame of York, and it still is, but York’s favourite adopted son from Sunderland has now called time on pantomime at 72, and so the impromptu standing ovation for Berwick Kaler was inevitably suffused with sadness too. Ever the […]

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

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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 […]

The Secret Garden Blossoms In York

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  By Andrew Liddle in The Yorkshire Times.   York Theatre Royal have a winner here for the next month with a magical summer show they have imported from the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Jessica Swale’s splendidly free adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Edwardian classic children’s novel, A Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, […]

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

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  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 […]

Dismay As Plan To Demolish Part Of York’s History Is Revealed

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  By YorkMix.   A building which features a unique piece York theatrical history dating back nearly 200 years is under threat of demolition. A notice has appeared on number 79 Fulford Road to announce that an application to knock it down has been submitted to City of York Council. This has caused widespread dismay […]

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

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  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 […]

£4.1 Million York Theatre Redevelopment To Feature In BBC Documentary

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A story by Mike Laycock in The Press. York Theatre Royal is to star in a BBC documentary about its £4.1 million redevelopment and huge community production, In Fog and Falling Snow. The programme, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, is being shown next month as part of the BBC’s On Stage series, which celebrates Britain’s […]

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