NEWS

2016 Panto Breaks All Records

2016 Panto Breaks All Records

MARKET PLACE THEATRE PANTO RECORD SALES The Market Place Theatre Panto 2016 'Cinderella' has broken all records for attendance and ticket sales since the venue opened. 13,055 people snapped up their tickets to go to the ball! The magical, fun-filled, riotous extravaganza ran for 36 performances right up to Christmas Eve. The theatre pantomime, which has attracted 175,000 visitors since its first performance, this year presents the world's greatest fairytale. 'Cinderella' has captivated audiences for generations with its spellbinding story, memorable music, and unforgettable characters. Now, the story sparkles as never before as a fabulous cast of larger-than-life characters tell the tale of glass slippers, glistening carriages and glamorous gowns.

There were 36 performances of Cinderella planned for the 3-week run including 2 relaxed performances, 1 BSL-signed performance and 1 audio described performance.

Total attendance at Cinderella was 13,055, a substantial increase of 2,269 or 21% on 2015’s production.

The overall percentage attendance at the production was 93.49% which is an increase of approximately 17% on 2015.

There were 16 schools performances planned within the run. This was the same as 2014 & 2015. Attendance at the schools’ performances was 5,831 or 93.94% of available schools seats.

There were 20 public performances of Cinderella. Attendance at the public performances was 7,224 out of a possible 7757 seats. This is an increase of 1,575 on 2014. The attendance equates to a percentage attendance 93.13% which is an increase of approximately 21% on 2015.

From a financial and attendance point of view, Cinderella in 2016 has been the venue’s most successful pantomime. Its attendance of 13,964 is over 1,000 higher than the previous highest – Cinderella in 2010 had an attendance of 12,892.

The cast featured Rea Campbell [Buttons], Nicky Harley [Ugly Sister], Naomi Rocke [Ugly Sister], Eoin Mallon [Prince], Debra Hill [Cinderella], and Stephen Beggs [Dame].