Booking to 29 January 2023
Ian McKellen and John Bishop star in Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End this Christmas.
Everyone is flocking to see Ian McKellen and John Bishop as they join forces to bring you the hilarious family-friendly panto Mother Goose.
Mother Goose is the ultimate theatrical feast – full of fun, farce and surprises that will make you honk out loud. Guaranteeing a gaggle of laughs, the tale of Mother Goose is brought to life by a cast of comedy legends and a stellar creative team, including direction by the award-winning Cal McCrystal.
This hilarious family-friendly mother of all pantos is the ultimate theatrical feast full of fun, farce and more than a couple of surprises that will make you honk out loud.
Mother Goose will play the Duke of York’s Theatre from 15 December 2022 to 29 January 2023.
What's the story of Mother Goose?
Mother Goose (McKellen) and her husband Vic (Bishop) run an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays and live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a goose flies in, will fame and fortune get the better of them?! Will Ma’s feathers be seriously ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their fair life about to turn fowl? Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeccably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family.
Who is in the cast of Mother Goose?
Mother Goose stars Ian McKellen as Mother Goose, John Bishop as Vic Goose, and Anna-Jane Casey as Cilla The Goose.
They are joined by Oscar Conlon-Morrey as Jack, Simbi Akande as Jill, Sharon Ballard as Evil Fairy Malignia and Karen Mavundukure as Good Fairy Encanta, plus Adam Brown, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming and Genevieve Nicole.
The cast is completed by Mairi Barclay, Becca Francis, Shailan Gohil and Laura Tyrer.
Who are the creative team of Mother Goose?
The panto is written by Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, 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.
Reviews of Mother Goose★★★★★ "Sir Ian delivers eye-rubbing wow-factor as the greatest of panto dames" - Telegraph
★★★★ "What sauce! Dame Ian McKellen is in fine feather for this classic panto" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Ian McKellen delivers knockabout fun in a cheerfully chaotic show" - The Times
★★★★★ "A solid gold hit - Flawless writing, excellent design and matchless performances" The Stage
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationDuke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176