We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of ‘Pirates of the Pavilion’ in Weymouth and it will certainly be a night to remember! My husband was unable to come with us so I took my nearly 3 year old son and his Nanny. Myself and my Mum hadn’t seen a Panto since I was a child and it’s was a first for my son Sam. I was a little nervous that my son wouldn’t be able to sit still long enough but I carefully planned a fun filled afternoon followed by him zonked out in the car for a long nap so by the time we got to the Pavilion he was sooo excited!
The Pavilion itself is a lovely theatre and all of the staff are very friendly and helpful (thank you to the lovely steward who had my son giggling away during the interval). You can buy some great merchandise and a programme from the foyer plus any drinks and snacks you need for the show. There is also Baby Change facilities in the foyer and booster seats in the theatre for small children if required.
Whilst waiting for the show to begin I kicked myself for not dressing Sam up as I watched all of these cute little pirates coming in with their families. When the show started I couldn’t help watching my son as he sat there in complete and utter amazement. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of the ‘boos’ and ‘cheers’ and myself and my Mum were giggling away when he enthusiastically joined in without prompting. There is a lot of audience participation which all of us loved and I couldn’t help but reminisce about Panto’s I’d been to as a child and how happy they’d made me feel.
The humorous Cast are very talented and Seadog Billy had us in stitches (I will admit I came home and googled him to see his audition on ‘Britain’s got Talent’ and I recognised him straight away). The story continues on from last year and now Morgiana knows the treasure is on the Saucy Sally ship she wants it back! Now I obviously can’t tell you any details without ruining it and I’m itching to write about one certain scene which literally had my Mum and I crying but it would be a complete spoiler alert so I’ll stay shtum and just say you’ll be laughing pretty much nonstop.
The show was much longer than I was expecting but we certainly weren’t bored. My darling toddler did get a little fidgety in the second half but we only needed to take him out briefly once and considering he suffers from severe ants in his pants I’m actually quite surprised how long he did stay sitting for. You could tell all of the children were enjoying it and I loved listening to the odd child heckling when Billy did something silly.
So if you live near Weymouth or are planning a holiday near here soon then I recommend you get your tickets quick because it really is a great family Panto and you won’t want to miss it!
The show is running on selected dates between now and the 31st of August with 2 performances a day. Tickets are £14 for Adults, £12 for Seniors and Children under 12 or you can buy a Family Ticket for £48. Please visit the Weymouth Pavilion for full details.
Thanks Weymouth Pavilion and the Cast and Production team of Pirates of the Pavilion, we really did have a great night and look forward to bringing the family back at Christmas time.