Birmingham Theatre Photographer| Simon Hadley

Happy Christmas – Birmingham Theatre Photographer

Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley

Happy Christmas…it’s Panto Time Again!

News From Birmingham Based Freelance Photographer Simon Hadley

After another challenging year of covid lockdowns and restrictions seriously affecting my work it really was fab to be able to end the year on a high photographing one of my longstanding regular commissions, the Birmingham Hippodrome panto!

There was no panto last year of course due to the lockdown and fingers have been kept firmly crossed that this one would go ahead. Fortunately, despite the threat of Omicron and another Christmas lockdown, the show has gone on and I attended the opening night earlier this week.

This year’s festive show is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and will be the first pantomime at the Hippodrome since the venue reopened after 18 months of closure, it will also mark the panto debut of Jason Donovan.

Alongside Jason, who will be playing the Evil Ringmaster, will be Brum panto super star Matt Slack as Ringmaster, Doreen Tipton as Doreen the Lion Tamer, Andrew Ryan as Dame Betty Barnum, Alexia McIntosh as Candy Floss and Samantha Dorrance as Goldilocks.

I had photographed the cast in October at the launch event and it was great to see them all back in costume again and most importantly on stage. The picture above shows the cast taking their curtain call in front of a packed house and standing ovation.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all, hopefully next year will be a better year for everyone, so here’s to a happy, healthy and busy 2022!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs at Birmingham Hippodrome Saturday 18 December 2021 – Sunday 30 January 2022.

Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley