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




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 Sunderland-born actor, adopted son of York and Freeman of the city, will be the subject of a series of presentations, from the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Orrell, among others, before making his farewell speech as the climax to the Songsheet routine.


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