Panto players put on the Mother of all productions

AN EGG-CEPTIONAL production is promised at Wickenby’s Broadbent Theatre this month, when the annual pantomime takes to the stage.

Broadbent pantos are always full of traditional ingredients: baddies to hiss at, goodies to cheer, an inept duo, a tender love scene, an outrageous dame and a principal boy with a cracking pair of legs.

And this year is no egg-ception, with Mother Goose the seasonal offering.

Directing her fourth pantomime at the theatre, Abi Wright uses the Jan Allen script to bring the Hollywood treatment to the story of the goose that laid the golden egg.

Meet three talking geese, add Jack, the happy-go-lucky guy who breezes through life with a cheery smile and the evil Baron Holdfast, with a desire for gold, who is aided and abetted by his two dim but well-meaning henchmen, Smurf and Turf.

Then there is love’s young dream, Donald Fortune, and his lady-love, dizzy, dozy Alice Holdfast.

And don’t forget Dame Fanny Fortune herself. But wait, who is this she has her eye on? It’s an HYM, handsome young man, and American Private Eye Coppitt Malone.

But what can he be doing in a sleepy English Village?

And why do the portraits in Holdfast Hall come to life?

And does Esmerelda the Dancing Cow manage to land a part in the new moosical Cows?

Find out all the answers by shelling out for some tickets to the pantomime which runs over three weekends, from January 28 to February 12, with evening and matinée performances.

Tickets cost £6.50, £5 concession, or a family ticket for two adults and two children at £20.

Call the box office on 01673 885500 or book on-line at