Pantomimes are not just for children anymore

SOUTHAMPTON is getting its very own adult pantomime as Stage Door theatre put on their production of Sleeping with Beauty.

The more risque take on the classic fairytale Sleeping beauty is unlike any other regular pantomime as this time the kids are not invited.

Performances are set to start from December 6th till the 20th and will have adult humour and themes throughout.

The theatre have held three previous productions including Jack and his beanstalk, Beauty and her beast and last years Aladdin.

The cast of six will take on a variety of roles throughout the piece including Maleficent and the prince. Accredited: Stage Door
The cast of six will take on a variety of roles throughout the piece including Maleficent and the prince. Accredited: Stage Door

A traditional family friendly pantomime will be held at The Mayflower theatre as this year their production of Snow White and the seven dwarves sets to entertain those of all ages.

With both set to take place in Southampton this holiday season the public are given an array of choices.

Pantomimes have been a holiday tradition in England for over a hundred years and with the outbreak of adult pantomime those without children can have a little fun as well.

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The adult pantomimes were first held when the theatre was still a music venue.

Julianne Watley-Mccarthy, Director of this year and previous productions has stated that “ It helps follow the jokes that typically stay tongue in cheek through, making more fun for an older audience.”

Adult productions are not new as many adult comedians have had their own productions but typically they stay within London’s small theatres and comedy clubs.

The Stage Door Southampton wants to help make them accessible to those that my not of heard of them in the south.

The production will have adult themes and humour and alcohol will be available to all those that attend.
The production will have adult themes and humour and alcohol will be available to all those that attend.

This years production sees a cast of six take to the stage to create their own unique take on the tale.

To hear more about the production of the pantomime, listen below.

By Sophie White (@sophiewhitemmj)