Ian McKellen: Panto Is More Popular Than Shakespeare

Sir Ian McKellen said he would “put mime above Shakespeare in popularity” and hoped the performances would inspire younger generations to enjoy the theatre.

The stage and screen veteran says he still attends eight pantomimes a year and it’s an art form “we do very, very well in this country”.

He’ll be starring in a Mother Goose tour, alongside comedian John Bishop.

Panto tells the story of Mother Goose, played by Sir Ian, and her husband Vic, who live a healthy life running an animal sanctuary, before discovering an egg-laying goose. yellow.

Speaking on BBC’s The One Show about why he chose to star in such productions, he said: “I’ve always been a fan of mime.

“I still go to see about eight pantomimes a year, which is one of the arts that we do very, very well in this country.

“We do great theater in general – with Shakespeare, of course, but I would rank mime above Shakespeare in popularity.

“If a child goes to the pantomime and everything it has to offer, the captivating setting and costumes, the fun and the audience participation, they can be hooked for a lifetime on the stage.”


Sir Ian will star in a Mother Goose tour, alongside comedian John Bishop (Yui Mok/PA)

“They might want to go back and see other things in the theater – that’s my main reason for wanting to do that.”

Mother Goose is written by Jonathan Harvey of Coronation Street and directed by Cal McCrystal.

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It will be shown at the Royal Brighton Theater from December 3 to 11 before performing in the West End at the Duke of York Theater from December 15 to January 29.

It’s also due to comedian star Mel Giedroyc playing the goose, although it was recently announced that she had to withdraw due to “personal reasons”.

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