Oh yes it is! Panto season is nearly here

Amy Forder as Princess Jasmin and John Davis as Aladdin in the performance by Polka Dot Pantomimes. SG131017-152TW
Amy Forder as Princess Jasmin and John Davis as Aladdin in the performance by Polka Dot Pantomimes. SG131017-152TW
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Tickets are now on sale for many productions as panto time arrives.

The fun kicks off next Sunday, December 3, with the Lamphouse Theatre performing Peter Pan at Crowland Abbey, at 5pm. Tickets are £5, available from Bridge Hardware, Crowland, the Abbey itself or from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FEFLLD

Crystal Clarke (left) as Hestor Worsley in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance which will be screened live from London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday at 7.15pm.  Photo by Vaness Hills (More2Screen).

Crystal Clarke (left) as Hestor Worsley in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance which will be screened live from London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Photo by Vaness Hills (More2Screen).

Performances are also at Holbeach WI on December 17, at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets are available from the South Holland Centre in Spalding.

From December 9-31, Polka Dot Pantomimes take audiences on a magical carpet ride with Aladdin at the South Holland Centre.

And the Baytree Theatre at Weston presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, from December 9-30. Some special shows include exclusive entry to Baytree Winter Wonderland and Grotto. For more information and to book tickets visit www.baytreetheatre.co.uk or call 01775 680760.

• Theatre goers in south Lincolnshire can enjoy a live screening of Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance this Tuesday, November 28, at 7.15pm.

American actress Crystal Clarke (left) who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has gone on to win roles in films which include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Assassin's Creed and Annihilation.  
Photo supplied by London Theatre.

American actress Crystal Clarke (left) who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has gone on to win roles in films which include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Assassin's Creed and Annihilation. Photo supplied by London Theatre.

The play, which stars award-winning actress Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The King’s Speech) as Mrs Arbuthnot and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax, Dinnerladies) as Lady Hunstanton, Eleanor Bron (Alfie, The Archers) and William Gaunt (The Champions, No Place Like Home).

Dramatised by Classic Spring Theatre Company, A Woman of No Importance is the first of four plays by the Irish playwright to be staged over the next year.

Among the places to be screening the play live from London’s Vaudeville Theatre are Boston’s West End Cinema, Key Theatre in Peterborough and the city’s Showcase Cinema de Lux.

Another member of the cast is American actress Crystal Clarke who plays the role of Hester Worsley fresh from being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, as well as Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender and the new Natalie Portman film, Annihilation.

Crystal said: “I went in to read for the play’s director, Dominic Dromgoole, and we hit it off.

“We had a wonderful chat about Oscar Wilde’s tour around America and I was really excited about the America that Hester represented.

“She expresses such optimism and good intention that is easy to forget was true of the country in its infancy.”

Crystal, originally from New Jersey, trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow where she acted out a scene from Romeo and Juliet in front of Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson and her Scottish mother Phyllida Law when she graduated.

“It was such an amazing experience,” Crystal said.

“In my first year, I was performing a monologue from Emma’s adaption of Sense and Sensibility (by Jane Ausren) in class and then in my second year, I’m all of a sudden writing a speech with Professor Maggie Kinloch (deputy principal of RSAMD) to honour Emma and Phyllida.

“It was such an inspiration for me and one I certainly needed at the time.”

Crystal has also been inspired by fellow cast members from A Woman of No Importance which explores themes of gender equality, social hypocrisy and the role of women during the Victorian era.

Crystal said: “I’ve learned so much from watching them work and the rehearsal room was certainly a masterclass in how to approach theatre.

“Sharing a dressing room with Emma Fielding (Mrs Allonby) has been my favourite thing though because she’s so intelligent, kind and funny.

“I’ve learned a lot from her and we have these lovely discussions about a range of topics, from acting through to the colonisation of America.

“I think that’s one of the best things you can learn in this industry - the ability to engage with people in a genuine way.

“Oscar Wilde is just as widely known and appreciated across the pond as he is over here as great art is universal.”

For tickets to see A Woman of No Importance, visit www.OscarWildeCinema.com

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