How good is Harrogate Theatre's new Easter 'panto'?

The Emperors New Clothes at Harrogate Theatre.
The Emperors New Clothes at Harrogate Theatre.
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The highly successful creative team behind Harrogate Theatre’s annual festive pantomime launched their first-ever Easter 'panto' for all the family last night.

And audiences agreed the new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fun-packed hit.
Boasting a strong cast with music by Nick Lacey and Tim Cumper and stage designs by Richard Foxton, the team are hoping the new show which runs to April 15 is set to be another smash for Harrogate Theatre.
But writer and chief executive David Bown and director Phil Lowe are emphasising their new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Emperor’s New Clothes is not quite an Easter ‘panto’.
Phil Lowe said: “It has elements of panto but it isn’t the same. We’ve got a lot of the same team involved and we’re keeping the same production values and quality but panto is essentially for Christmas time only.”
The aim, said David Bown, is to update Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale for modern times in a fun way which appeals to youngsters and adults alike with original songs, jokes and stunning scenery.
David said: “Everyone knows the story. It’s still as relevant today as when it is written.
“Our version will be a bit cheeky and work on different levels so that parents can enjoy it, too. It’s a contemporary fairytale.
As well as the theatre’s ‘Lennon and McCartney’, the new Easter show will boast two regular cast members from the incredibly popular annual panto and three key members of the panto’s production team.
David said: “We are well known for presenting great touring productions but if this is successful we hope to do even more homegrown shows.”