Sir Ian McKellen in panto date with John Bishop and Mel Giedroyc

By Barrie Hudson - 3 October 2022

Arts and Culture

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has announced his latest starring engagement - the title role in classic panto Mother Goose.

The show will be staged at Oxford's new Theatre next spring, running from Tuesday to Saturday, 7-11 March.
Sir Ian and comedian John Bishop will join forces to bring the audience what is promised to be a hilarious family-friendly spring panto. 
A theatre spokesperson said: "With Mel Giedroyc also starring as a goose with a gift, Mother Goose is the ultimate theatrical feast - full of fun, farce and surprises that will make you honk out loud.
"Meet Mother Goose (McKellen) and her husband Vic (Bishop). Running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays, they live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a magical goose (Giedroyc) comes a-knocking, will fame & fortune get the better of them?!
"Will Ma’s feathers get ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their humble life about to turn fowl? Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeccably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family."
The show is the work of Jonathan Harvey, whose credits include Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Cal McCrystal, who was hailed as Britain’s funniest director by The Guardian.
Ticket prices start at £13, and full details can be found at www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford/
 

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