Two-day panto will mark theatre’s 40th anniversary

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The Theatre in Chipping Norton could not celebrate its 40th anniversary without making some tribute to the genre that has been a constant success.

So it is undertaking the silliest, most suicidal feat of daring ever attempted in the history of panto – to write, rehearse and perform a 60-minute pantomime within a single 48-hour period!

Snow White, Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Dick Whittington – all the great stories will unite in a daft and desperately chaotic one-off celebration of all things panto on Saturday and Sunday July 5 and 6.

The internationally famous Chippy panto has been at the heart of The Theatre’s story for the past four decades, with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying its tradition of ‘perfect, proper panto’ (The Times).

This year’s show Jack and the Giant was a particular hit with colourful characters such as Daisy the cow and a talented cast of actors/musicians who kept the audience highly entertained.

With writers Ben Crocker and Simon Brett, composers Peter Ponzen and Rowan Talbot and a cast including some of Chipping Norton’s favourite panto faces all working on the project, there is bound to be an edge of summer madness in the catchy songs, flying sweets and non-stop laughter.

Tickets cost £16 and £12 for under 16s.

The shows take place on Saturday, July 5 at 4pm and 7pm and Sunday, July 6 at 2pm and 6pm.

It will be suitable for ages six and over and all proceeds will go to The Theatre’s Forty Year Fund.

The event is generously supported by Savills, Banbury.

More information about The Theatre’s anniversary celebrations and other forthcoming events can be found online at