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Panto!

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Review

John Bishop wrote and stars in this comedy drama, inspired by his own experiences on the pantomime circuit. He plays Lewis Loud, a Morecambe FM DJ making his stage debut as Jack the Lad in a run of Dick Whittington in Lancaster.

The production is in chaos because Lewis is romantically involved with Tamsin, a soap actress who’s playing principal boy Dick (Mrs Biggs’ and Gavin & Stacey’s Sheridan Smith). Not only that, but old ham Johnny Darby (Michael Cochrane) is a very reluctant pantomime Dame and The One and Only 90s chart star Chesney Hawkes is a walking disaster.


Summary

The pantomime world comes under the spotlight in this festive comedy drama co-written by and starring stand-up star John Bishop. The funnyman plays Lewis Loud, a DJ for Morecambe FM, who is about to make his stage debut as Jack the Lad in Dick Whittington, alongside token soap star Tamsin (Sheridan Smith), who he has fallen for during rehearsals. But when Lewis's ex-wife delivers his son to the stage door, he realises he must take his fatherly duties very seriously - which is easier said than done when you're surrounded by chaos and ego, in the shape of veteran actor Johnny, ambitious actress-producer Di and accident-prone 1990s chart star Chesney Hawkes, keen to prove there is more to him than The One and Only. Co-starring Samantha Spiro, Mark Benton, Kaye Wragg, Michael Cochrane and Ami Metcalf. Co-scripted by Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, Gimme Gimme Gimme).

Cast & Crew

Lewis Loud John Bishop
Tamsin Sheridan Smith
Di Samantha Spiro
Himself Chesney Hawkes
Jerry Kenneth Cranham
Francis Mark Benton
Johnny Michael Cochrane
Chantelle Ami Metcalf
Paul Daniel Bishop
Greg Dean Whatton
Finlay John Macmillan
Gina Kaye Wragg
Tony Trevor Dwyer-Lynch
Deborah Lisa Jackson
Director Christine Gernon
Executive Producer John Bishop
Executive Producer Lisa Thomas
Executive Producer Lindsay Hughes
Executive Producer Henry Normal
Producer John Rushton
Writer John Bishop
Writer Jonathan Harvey
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