Ambassador Theatre Group Productions have announced that pantomime Mother Goose is coming to the West End this Christmas starring Ian McKellen.
The panto will play the Duke of York’s Theatre from 15 December 2022 to 29 January 2023.
Mother Goose stars multi-award winning actor Ian McKellen as Mother Goose, acclaimed comedian John Bishop as Vic Goose, Great British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc as the Goose, plus Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools and Horses) as Jack, Simbi Akande (The Prince of Egypt) as Jill, Sharon Ballard (Quiz) as Evil Fairy Malignia and Karen Mavundukure (The Color Purple) as Good Fairy Encanta. The cast also includes Adam Brown, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming and Genevieve Nicole, with further casting to be announced.
The show will also go on tour, playing the Theatre Royal Brighton (3 – 11 December 2022), Chichester Festival Theatre (7 – 11 February 2023), Sheffield Lyceum (14 – 18 February 2023), Wolverhampton Grand (22 – 26 February 2023), Liverpool Empire (28 February – 4 March 2023), Oxford New Theatre (7 – 11 March 2023), Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin (22 – 26 March 2023), and Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff (28 March – 1 April 2023) with further venues to be announced soon.
The panto is written by Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, Beautiful Thing, Gimme Gimme Gimme) and directed by award-winning director Cal McCrystal, with Set and Costume design is by Liz Ascroft, Choreography by Lizzi Gee, Lighting design by Prema Mehta, Sound design by Ben Harrison and Puppet Design and Creation by Chris Barlow. Casting is by Anne Vosser and the Production Manager is Ben Arkell.
Mother Goose is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Hunter Arnold, Seaview, Wessex Grove, Richard Winkler & Dawn Smalberg, Caiola Productions and George Waud for Groove International.