Panto in the Park is back!

Panto in the Park is back!

Kings Parks’ open-air stage will come alive once again this summer as TaleGate Theatre bring Panto in the Park back to Retford.

Hundreds of spectators have filled the fields of the award-winning Kings’ Park to join in the fun of previous Pantos, and this year is expected to be no different with three more magical, musical, mischievous shows coming this August. Starting with Cinderella, followed by Robin Hood and then Rapunzel.

Bassetlaw District Council’s Panto in the Park is free to attend and will open with Cinderella on Thursday the 10th of August. The Fairy Godmother sends Cinderella to the ball in a magical pumpkin carriage and a pair of sparkling glass slippers. What adventures will Cinderella take us on before the clock strikes midnight and her magic disappears?

Next up, on Tuesday the 15th of August, is the icon tale of Nottinghamshire’s very own legendary outlaw, Robin Hood. Join Hood and his band of Merry Men as they journey through Sherwood Forest!

And finally, Rapunzel, the last of the three shows, will take place on Wednesday the 23rd of August. Let down your hair and laugh out loud with this silly spin on the classic tale of the long hair princess trapped in a tall tower with seemingly no way to get down. The shows will all start at 2pm lasting approximately 50 minutes and are free for all the family to attend.

James Worthington, Artistic Director at TaleGate Theatre said: "We are thrilled to be back at King's Park and we can’t think of a better way to spend a summer’s afternoon than bringing the community together for a panto and picnic!

“Kings’ Park is such a fantastic asset to Bassetlaw and thanks to the Council we can present these wonderful shows for families to enjoy for free. Get those dates in your diary and get ready to laugh out loud with us!"

Cllr Darrell Pulk, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Panto in the Park is a huge success every year with people from all across the District making a special visit to Retford.

“We are thrilled to be working with TaleGate Theatre again to bring more of these fantastic shows to the people of Bassetlaw. Oh, yes we are!

“They are completely free to attend and whilst there, we hope that visitors can take advantage of all the other attractions Kings’ Park has to offer for a full day of fun.”

Tickets are not needed to attend any of the Panto in the Park shows, so pack your picnic and your camping chairs and get ready for a summer of slapstick, songs and silliness.

Last Updated on Thursday, July 20, 2023