This year’s Rugby Panto is in production…


Having been fairly quiet recently about the Christmas Season, Five Star Theatre is thrilled to announce that its Rugby Panto is in production...


The script is written, the cast is in place and costumes are being stitched this very second! We are determined to bring some traditional festive joy to the families of Rugby and the surrounding areas this December and, assuming indoor performances (with or without social distancing) are still permitted, Cinderella shall go to the ball!


The cast includes Emily Jane Brooks of the D-Day Darlings (BGT runners-up) as the Fairy Godmother and award-winning Midlands drag duo The Saturnos as the Ugly Sisters.

Three things to note:

  1. We are expecting social distancing measures to be part of this year's panto experience, and the Benn Hall auditorium will be specially set-up to allow families and 'bubbles' to sit together
  2. There will be almost double the number of performances originally planned, to offer more flexibility and to enable the 'spreading' of audiences due to limited capacity
  3. We are expecting to implement distancing on-stage and behind-the-scenes and the show’s dedicated cast and production team will be well looked-after while they commit to delivering Five Star's fifth year of Rugby Panto


Writer, director and producer, Ethan J Smith, says: “We are really looking forward to Christmas this year, and to an extra special pantomime experience...after a year of much inactivity in the theatre industry, and with many entertainment venues closed until next year, we are committed to making panto happen. As a small business, we can afford to be flexible, and we are working very closely in partnership with the Benn Hall to ensure a safe but magical theatrical experience.”  


The run of Cinderella will include a Christmas Eve special performance, a Relaxed Performance and an Adults Only Night, which sold-out rapidly for last year’s Dick Whittington

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