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‘Perhaps the best panto memory of all was at Darlington in the Seventies. There was a little boy in the front row, aged about seven or eight. All the way through I could see his mother whispering to him. When I called for volunteers, he was determined to come up on stage.
‘…this little boy was the funniest, most enchanting child I have ever met. The audience loved him and he went back to his seat to a storm of applause and cheers. After the show, I discovered he was blind. A little while later, I received a moving letter from his mother telling me that the experience had “made her son’s life extraordinary”.
‘…that’s what panto – often a child’s first experience of the theatre – can do and we mustn’t forget it. It brings joy and can make lives extraordinary. It’s our duty to make it the best it can be.’
Christopher Biggins, crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ in the recent I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here reality show, writing in the Daily Mail about his pantomime experiences. A noted dame, this is the first time in nearly four decades that the actor has not appeared in panto.
Originally published on R&V 18-12-07
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