Panto: A Classic British Holiday Tradition

nb_panto-thesleepingbeauty-adjTheatre Britain presents The Sleeping Beauty, a traditional British panto by Jackie Mellor-Guin, opening at 2:30 p.m., November 26, at the Cox Building Playhouse, in Plano. Performance dates through December 30 include Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 and 5 p.m. However, there are no performances December 23, 24 or 25.

The Sleeping Beauty is a traditional British panto with corny jokes, wacky characters, the dame, a ghost, a black light scene and, of course, lots of audience participation. The audience is encouraged to cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys and join in with the characters on stage.

The show works on two levels, with a story that children can follow and jokes adults can appreciate. Theatre Britain first introduced panto to the Metroplex in 1996. Many families from North Texas and beyond now consider it a holiday tradition.

Admission is $21 adults; $16 students and seniors; and $11 for those 14 and under (10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more). Location: 1517 H Ave., Plano. For tickets, call 972- 490-4202 or visit

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