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The lead performers of the Helix panto Red Riding Hood, which will be streamed this Christmas

This afternoon

Following panto cancellations across the country, The Helix and TheatreworX have announced an online version of its panto, ‘Red Riding Hood’, which will be available to stream on December 23, 27 and January 1.

Ian writes:

In a week where many Christmas pantos and festive events have had to postpone or temporarily close due to covid restrictions, The Helix Panto Online will allow families all over the country to enjoy the magic of Christmas panto during these covid times and all from the comfort of their homes.

Priced at €20.00 per household, The Helix Panto Online ‘On Demand Ticket’ will allow families to watch ‘Red Riding Hood’ at a time of their choosing on a chosen date .

Tickets here

Cancelled pantomime: ‘We gave it our best shot and it just wasn’t to be ’ (Irish Times)

This afternoon.


Myles Breen transforming into Dame Noni backstage at University Concert Hall Limerick, ahead of ‘A Lot Like Christmas’ a family Christmas show at UCH from December 27-31, featuring a screening of The Snowman with live narration and special appearances from panto pals…

…Myles (as Dame Noni) and Bubbles (Richie Hayes).

Oh yes, she did.

University Concert Hall

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Ciaran Bermingham (left) as Lola Twankey and Fionula Linehan as Wishee-Washee in The Everyman’s Christmas Panto ‘Aladdin playing at, MacCurtain Street, Cork

This afternoon.

Many of Ireland’s largest Panto producers and promoters have come together to ‘assure parents and audiences of the exemplary safety measures in place with regard to their upcoming live shows this Christmas’.

Via Everyman PR::

After a period of uncertainty regarding restrictions, they are now confident that their respective shows can proceed. Some Pantos have already opened successfully to the public, with more opening in the next week or so, all for extensive runs into mid-January, 2022.

Promoters are asking patrons of all ages to wear masks for the duration of shows, in an effort to reduce any risk to other attendee.

Panto is the highlight of the year for many patrons, but also for artists and producers. Preparation for these large productions takes 8-10 months of planning and the Panto industry is the biggest employer of large scale theatre in the country.

Pantomime represents a significant business in the Irish entertainment sector. In an average year, the Panto season is responsible for selling in excess of 310,000 tickets to patrons all over the country, bringing in approximately €9.8 million in revenue.

It provides significant employment for up to 1000 professional artists, creatives and production crews. It also impacts hugely on the economy around the venues, where restaurants, hotels, shops and bars all benefit from the productions around the country.

Eibhlin Gleeson
, – CEO, Cork Opera House
Sean Kelly – CEO, The Everyman Theatre, Cork
Michael Brady – General Manager and Claire Tighe, Producer, The Helix Dublin
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick – Producers, Aladdin at the National Stadium
Pat Egan and Stuart O Connor – Producers, The Olympia Panto
Sinead Hope, Director & Robert C Kelly, Co-Producer, University Concert Hall Limerick

Pic: Miki Barlok

The stars of The Little Mermaid, this year’s Gaiety Panto

This morning.

Oh yes they did.

Boo, hiss.


Above from left: Paul Byrom (Wicked Warlock), Chris Corroon, (Dame Lola) and Aisling Sharkey (Red Riding Hood)

This morning.

Unidentified forest, Dublin.

The launch of ‘Red Riding Hood’, the Helix Theatre panto produced by TheatreworX Productions starring tenor Paul Byrom and newcomer Asling Sharkey in the lead role. From Friday, November 26 to January 9, 2022.

Rec Riding Hood (The Helix)

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Above: Ciara Lyons as the Little Mermaid, Ariel (centre), David Crowley (Prince Eric) and Gaiety Panto Dame Joe Conlan (Chief Cook Granny Haddock)

This morning/afternoon.

King Street, Dublin 2.

This is no ordinary panto.

It’s the Gaiety Panto, which this year is The Little Mermaid and the theatre will be ‘transformed into a stunning kingdom under the sea’ from November 28 until January 9. 2022,

The Gaiety Theatre is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the official birthday coincides with this year’s panto run.

Gaiety Theatre

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This morning.

Camelot, Kingdom of Logres, Dublin 9.

Lia Stokes writes:

It wouldn’t be Christmas without panto! The Helix and TheatreworX are excited to announce an online Christmas panto of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ starring Fair City’s Amilia Stewart-Keating (top left).

Produced once again by TheatreworX Productions, The Helix Panto Online will be a new way for families all over the country to enjoy the magic of Christmas panto during these Covid times and all from the comfort of their homes. Tickets for this magical cinematic experience are on sale from tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th November at 12noon at link below

The Helix

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A scene from Cinderella at Cork’s Everyman Theatre last Christmas

This afternoon.

Cork’s The Everyman, and CADA Performing Arts Academy have called off this year’s pantomime due to tough rona public safety measures.

Indoor gatherings are currently permissible for up to 50 people, with the expectation that this will increase from August 10.

Jean Kearney writes:

Even with an easing of restrictions, it is unrealistic to successfully programme a show as complex as the annual pantomime under the 2m social distancing measures, which would allow for a maximum of 85 people in the auditorium of The Everyman at one time, including the artists on stage.

The cancellation is an incredible setback for The Everyman with far-reaching implications…and  a massive disappointment to the 31,000 audience members that come each year for their traditional family outing to the pantomime at The Everyman…

The Everyman

Pic: Miki Barlok

Cast members from The Helix Panto, The Three Musketeers with , from left: Kevin Dempsey, Corporate Fundraising Manager; Claire Tighe, CEO of TheatreworX Productions and Michael Brady, General Manger of The Helix,

This morning.

Collins Avenue, Dublin 9

The cast of The Helix Panto, The Three Musketeers announce a special designated show in aid of Barretstown Children’s Charity which will take place on Thursday, December 12, with ALL proceeds on the night going directly to the charity.

Oh yes they did.

Ian Collins writes:

Tickets for this special charity show are priced at €21.50 per seat which will help raise much needed funds for Barretstown

Earlier this year, Dublin City University [home of the Helix] announced a three-year partnership with Barretstown Children’s Charity to support their work with children and their families living with serious illness.

Tickets here

The Helix