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Oh yes it was...Panto Day 2012: A Huge Success!

On Wednesday 5th December panto passionistas across the world came together to celebrate the magic of pantomime. In total, over 150 theatres in the UK, America and South Africa participated, with Panto Day tweets reaching a global audience of 1.5 Million.

Throughout the day casts across the country tweeted behind the scenes pictures and posted their Panto Day photos on Facebook. Panto Day’s Six Live Tweeters shared their every move from wake-up to walkdown, providing a fascinating insight into the Industry in Panto Day’s new project for 2012: ‘A Day in the Life of Pantoland’.

Whilst Craig Glover stopped for Percy Pigs on his way to rehearsals, Craig Daniel Adams was being hoisted into the flies as Peter Pan. Tweedy the Clown shared the secrets of his warm up and as Kevin James provided a lesson in panto Villain make-up, Robert Pearce gave an insight into a pantomime technical rehearsal. Jane Deane tweeted live from the rehearsal room as she received direction and blocked her text and in addition to the ‘Panto Day Six’ Dame Sarah the Cook took over Loughborough Town Hall’s Twitter to tweet her every move.

Panto Day’s Facebook page filled with panto posts and messages and currently hosts over 200 pantomime posters and photographs, capturing the 2012 season for future generations. Theatres posted examples of their warm-up routines and set-build process and alongside all the good luck messages and behind the scenes sneak peeks, panto companies were also celebrating in true theatrical style.

Paul Holman Associates, who are producing 13 pantomimes this season, got their casts to celebrate with a Panto Day tribute inspired by Depeche Mode’s ‘I Just Can’t Enough Enough’ featuring producer Paul Holman himself, whilst the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne’s Ugly Sisters video-blogged about the day, complete with panto inspired ‘12 Days of Christmas’ . The staff at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford showed they could perform just as well as their on-stage counterparts and photographer Sally Maid launched her ‘12 Dames of Christmas’ project.

The Theatre Royal, Stratford East shared Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsal footage, whilst the cast of Snow White at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock shot their very own mini-Panto Day documentary complete with interviews and behind the scenes tour.

Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre blogged at regular intervals throughout their technical rehearsal, whilst at their 10.30am performance of Snow White, tweets from Mansfield Palace’s twitter account came every 5 minutes, offering followers a unique 'Tweet-Seat' view of the show. Twitter account @MansfieldPalace also conducted interviews with their cast online, whilst earlier in the day on ITV1 Christopher Biggins and a host of other panto stars joined This Morning's panto fun, complete with Big Fat Panto Quiz.

At 7.00pm John Barrowman and Priscilla Presley joined Matt Baker and Alex Jones on the One Show sofa to talk about their pantomimes in Glasgow and Wimbledon and throughout the day BBC Local Radio Stations Newcastle, London, Suffolk and Nottingham invited panto guests onto their shows to talk about the genre and its enduring appeal. In the evening Panto Day even enjoyed a surprise mention from Jeremy Paxman on BBC Two’s Newsnight!

Wednesday 5th December saw the launch of the Panto Advice Page with Panto Dames, Comics, writers and directors contributing articles whilst on Twitter '#panto' tweets reached over 1.2 million people. When combined with '#pantoday' tweets, the global twitter Panto Day audience peaked at 1,579,267 users with #panto trending for many with ‘tailored trend’ settings.

Theatres used the day to celebrate their pantos past and present, with many also revealing their titles for 2013.

Panto Day Co-ordinator Simon Sladen said:

"The whole of Pantoland came together on Panto Day to celebrate this glorious art form. Using social media, panto passion was shared throughout the land, with theatres and companies entering into the spirit of things; the results of which can be seen and enjoyed on celebratepanto.co.uk and facebook.com/pantoday2012. Wednesday 5th December was well and truly alive with Panto Day buzz and I'd like to thank everyone who participated and made the day such a great success. With Panto Day 2012 ‘behind us’, here’s to 2013!"

Happy #Panto Day Everyone!

Yes, it's finally here: #Panto Day 2012!

It's time for you to share your panto love with the world by tweeting us @Panto_Day using hashtag #panto, posting panto pics, memories and videos on our wall at Facebook.com/pantoday2012 and seeing what your local theatre's up to here in celebratepanto.co.uk's Panto Day: What's On listings.

Don't forget to check out our Live Tweeting page, where six panto performers share what they're up to from wake-up to walk down. And if that's not enough, today we also launch our Panto Advice Page, full of useful advice from those in the know.

Enjoy exploring celebratepanto.co.uk and be sure to check out our Twitter and Facebook pages too!

We look forward to your #Panto Day tweets and posts,

Happy #Panto Day everyone!

Panto More Popular Than Ever!

Traditional British pantomime continues to defy the world’s ongoing financial problems as theatres report their “best ever” pantomime season.

Research undertaken for the second annual Panto Day shows that panto season 2012 is set to be the most popular and lucrative yet, with the genre’s popularity still riding high centuries after its birth.

Record Breaking Box Office Figures

The Greenwich Theatre’s most successful panto year was in 2001, but they are already “well on track” to break that and are up 18% on equivalent ticket sales at this point last year.

The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill’s production of Cinderella is out-selling 2011’s Sleeping Beauty by around 10%.

In Canterbury, ticket sales at the Marlowe Theatre are set to increase from £1.4m last year by around 8.5% and it is estimated that 90,000 people in total will see this season’s pantomime starring Toyah Willcox and Gareth Gates.

At the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, 41 performances of their rock ‘n’ roll pantomimeSleeping Beauty are already sold out.

Harrogate Theatre’s 90% capacity last year was up 5% on 2010, with 2012’s Jack and the Beanstalk set to be an equally successful year. Currently 22 performances are sold out.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls has recently broken all records since box office records began and is currently up over 6% on 2011’s figures – an almost £100,000 increase in sales.

The Mayflower, Southampton is re-introducing pantomime to its programming this year, having listened to their audience who demanded its return.

The Oldham Coliseum sold £20,000 of tickets for their 2012 production of Dick Whittington on the first day Aladdin opened in 2011.

Magic Beans Productions in Sevenoaks have doubled attendance figures over the past three seasons at the Stag Theatre, with figures on target to increase again this year. An extra week has been added to meet demand and the company is now also producing pantomime in Weymouth.

In Newcastle, the Theatre Royal is retaining its extra week added due to popular demand last year and has already sold over 70,000 tickets for Aladdin which opens on Tuesday 27thNovember 2012.

Prof. Millie Taylor of the University of Winchester and author of British Pantomime Performance said:

“Music, dance, story and spectacle stimulate togetherness, and mirror neurons cause audiences to experience the excitement of happy-ever-after wonderlands. Pantomime’s popularity is undiminished by the economic crisis and increasingly stretched budgets of contemporary Britain.”

3 Weeks to go...'A Day in the Life of Pantoland'

This year, to mark Panto Day’s second birthday, we’re launching our exciting new project: ‘A Day in the Life of Pantoland.’

Using Panto Day's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/PantoDay2012), companies, theatres and individuals will be invited to post their Pantoland photos, videos and stories here on Panto Day 2012.

We want to capture a snapshot of Pantoland on Wednesday 5th December 2012 and would love to see your posts fill our Facebook wall!

Before Panto Day itself, we'll be releasing a steady stream of images across the Facebook Page, starting with posters, which you can now view in the album 'Panto Posters.'

But don't forget, Facebook is only one aspect of Panto Day. We still want you to get involved on Twitter by following @Panto_Day and Dame @HettieHashtag and tweeting us all the latest panto news from around the country using hashtag #panto.

Less than one month to go until #Panto Day 2012!

Pantomime has been a traditional part of the British arts calendar for over 300 years and with the season soon upon us, the nation is being invited to celebrate #Panto Day on Wednesday 5th December.

#Panto Day is a day to celebrate everything panto related, in any fitting way. Many theatres, actors, audiences and enthusiasts are already showing their interest in joining the celebrations, and we'd love you to get involved too! If you're planning a #Panto Day event, let us know. Contact Simon by emailing simon@celebratepanto.co.uk.

Although only its second year, Panto Day has gone from strength to strength, with over 100 theatres and companies already pledging their Panto Day support.

Panto fans are invited to join our online panto celebrations on 5th December by tweeting anything and everything panto related using the official hashtag #panto

Plans are also under way for a very special "Day in the Life of Pantoland" project, which will take place on #Panto Day itself: Wednesday 5th December. More details to be revealed soon...

Some #Panto Day Info:

* The very first Panto Day was celebrated on December 1st 2011.
* Panto Day's official website can be found at celebratepanto.co.uk
* You can follow the latest Panto Day news on Twitter @Panto_Day
* The face of Panto Day is Dame Henrietta (Hettie) Hashtag. You can follow her on Twitter: @HettieHashtag
*Panto Day Button Badges and T-Shirts are available. More information can be found at celebratepanto.co.uk (Scroll down for details)