Christmas may have come and gone quicker than an audience sitting down to watch the Cats film, but pantomime hasn’t yet finished for the season. While most of us have had our fill of Dick and the like, there are still some productions yet to be staged, believe it or not.
One of those is the Tamworth pantomime, which runs from January 18-26. And while other pantomimes will try their hardest to secure a Krankie, or a Melinda Messenger, or someone else of that ilk, the Tamworth panto has decided to stay local, by casting the town mayor in its production of Aladdin.
In a case of art imitating life, mayor Richard Kingstone will be joining the Tamworth Pantomime Company in the role of the Mayor of Old Peking. And it’s something of a return to performance for Kingstone, who used to be a children’s entertainer and magician before giving it up to become a teacher 20 years ago.
“You get so many unique opportunities as mayor and you have to grab them with both hands, so when this opportunity presented itself, I had to say yes,” he gushed, adding: “Although it’s been a long time since I performed, I’m looking forward to it. Audiences can expect to see me in the thick of the action at the Emperor’s Palace (Town Hall) and in one of the most well-known panto scenes ever.”
Well, good on you, Mr Mayor and who knows where this will lead you. This year, Tamworth, next, the London Palladium with Julian Clary? One can dream.
Tabard is The Stage’s resident gossip and diarist. firstname.lastname@example.org