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New Year outing with friends

We thoroughly enjoyed the panto , never having seen Berwick before. The sets, the costumes, the... read more

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John W
Absolute Rubbish

Pure pleasure from start to finish. You need to be in the know to really get it but oh its such fun.

Reviewed 15 January 2019
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A visit to the much acclaimed York Pantomime with Berwick Kayler.
This panto seems to have a serious following, some audience members have obviously attended each year for generations it seems.
Confusing 'plot' with much spontaneous audience participation plenty laughs for all generations attending.
Well supported with hardly a seat in the house.Friendly atmospheric good clean fun for all the family with effective use of alternative technology along with gentle slap stick and ad libbing.
Will return.
The Theatre in historic part of York makes the best of its confined space but seating was comfy and vision good. Apparently has recently had a makeover and looks good looking out toward York Art Gallery.
York operates a park and ride system to reduce traffic in this historic city but strangely for some reason doesn't operate on an evening to allow folk to attend events such as this and go for a drink or meal before or after.
There are pay an display car parks within walking distance but the bus stops nearby!!!! Why not run it!!!
York is a fascinating city lots to see.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank fussy011
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Visited the Panto on 28 December. Great show but a female bigmouth in a box shouted out obscenities. Fortunately the Dame put her in her place. Drunks should not be allowed but I don't blame the staff.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Patrick Q
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Our annual family outing to see Berwick Kaler's 39th season of the usual 'rubbish' (as he calls it). We went for an evening performance just before Christmas. The theatre was full, mainly with adults who return year after year after year (rather like us).

Both Berwick and Martin Barrass have been 'in the wars' medically this last year or so, hence there were quite a few jokes about who has the biggest scar, most ribs broken etc etc. All very funny and it really is great to see these two York panto stalwarts back together playing their usual roles of Dame and 'Daft lad'.

Suzy Cooper (52 going on 18 again as Berwick delights in telling the audience) as lead girl with David Leonard at his villainous best as the ‘baddie’ Dr McCarb acted their parts fantastically, including a brilliant ‘he’s behind you’ sketch.

Coming more to prominence every year is the versatile and very talented AJ Powell, who seems to be taking root now within the team (and long may it continue). His ‘brummification’ (if that is a word) of the York panto is brilliant and he plays a great role as Jack Manley.

York Panto newcomer Luke Adamson plays a dumb but fantastic Useless Eustace.

The ensemble works well together and the choreography and stage effects are superb.

The only thing missing (as usual) was a plot, but it somehow twisted and turned its way around to have a vague stab at portraying Jack & the Beanstalk. No matter though, this is panto (without overpaid alleged ‘stars’) at its funniest and very best.

Note to self for March 2018, book the tickets for what will be Berwick’s 40th season as ‘Dame of York’.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank 320PeterS320
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Back to the YTR for a fantastic Panto. So nice to welcome back Martin Barrass after his horrific motorbike crash, and to see the theatrical family of Berwick, Martin, Suzy (still 18 years old !!), and David back together for "all the old rubbish" - all our favourites were in the script with some great new additions. Great imaginative scenery, excellent dancing and singing. The Theatre's refurbishment
has now settled in and it's very comfortable and relaxing.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank MedEngland
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Had the privilege to attend the panto again at the York Theater Royal. It was excellent as always.
All members of staff that we interacted with we very polite and helpful which made for an enjoyable evening.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank gbrow5
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