Question: When is a pantomime not a pantomime?
Answer: When the chairman of Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion trustees decides it isn’t.
Nogal Productions Christmas show at Lowther Pavilion this year heads off to the magical world of The Arabian Nights and is filled with songs, magical stories and a great deal of laughter – but it’s not a pantomime.
“Nogal have been prevented from doing their traditional pantomime by the new trustees because it is on a week before the professional panto at the same venue,” said Sue Gallagher from Nogal Productions. “Mr Tim Lince, chairman of the trustees and also founding director of the professional panto company Pendle Productions told Nogal early last year of their decision.
“We have been fighting the decision for six months because our pantomimes bring a great deal of joy to the people of the Fylde and are our main source of fundraising for special needs youngsters in the area.
“However the trustees were adamant that we could not do our usual pantomime and so I have had to re-write the show.”
However Nogal members say the show –The Last Arabian Night – has lost none of it’s festive appeal and they are hoping it will be even better in its new format.
“Like many of the amateur societies in the area Nogal are concerned that amateur theatre may suffer at Lowther,” said Sue. “We would like to prove to the new trustees that amateur theatre is good and popular and can help keep Lowther Pavilion on the map.”
* The Last Arabian Night runs from Tuesday December 7 to Saturday December 10 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets £10 and £8 with party and family tickets available. Box office – (01253) 794221.