Pantoland at The Palladium to return with Donny Osmond

Producer Michael Harrison is bringing back Pantoland at The Palladium this Christmas with a line-up including Donny Osmond and Julian Clary

Pantoland Palladium 2021
The cast of Pantoland at The Palladium for 2021

Donny Osmond will join a cast including Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Jac Yarrow, Sophie Isaacs and Paul Zerdin for this year’s panto at the London Palladium.

The show, Pantoland at The Palladium, will run from 4 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 for a strictly limited five week run.

Priority booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 August, with public booking opening at 10am on Tuesday 24 August, at palladiumpantomime.com.

Osmond, whose career spans five decades as a singer, actor and TV host, will star as the Wizard of Pantomime.

Clary, Havers and Zerdin have starred in pantomimes at the London Palladium since Cinderella in 2016. Wilmot joined the line-up in 2017 and together they have performed in Dick Whittington, Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and last year’s Pantoland at The Palladium.

Yarrow, who made his Palladium pantomime debut last Christmas, is currently playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palladium.

Isaacs, who previously starred in the title role in 2019’s production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, can currently be seen in Six the musical at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End.

Australian speciality act Flame Oz will add a new dimension to the pantomime along with the return of spectacular special effects from the Twins FX.

The panto will again be directed by Michael Harrison who has reunited with choreographer Karen Bruce, set designer Ian Westbrook, costume designer Hugh Durrant, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Gareth Owen and composer and orchestrator Gary Hind.

Harrison said: “Pantoland at The Palladium was originally created for the 2020 season and was sadly cut short due to the tiering system which meant we only played six performances to a reduced capacity of just 1,000 people per performance.

“However, the reaction to the show was unlike anything any of us had seen before so the thought of bringing it back as an even bigger and better Christmas extravaganza was too good an idea to resist.

“Imagine my excitement when Donny Osmond, one of the greatest entertainers in the world, agreed to join my brilliant returning favourites as the Wizard of Pantomime.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest stars alongside the greatest performers in pantomime at the world’s greatest theatre.”

Pantoland at The Palladium is produced by Michael Harrison for Crossroads Pantomimes.

It is again being delivered in partnership with The National Lottery which last year provided support for pantomimes across the UK to make them possible when social distancing meant audience numbers were limited. The money for this initiative came from a National Lottery promotional fund.

Sign-up is open today for priority booking at palladiumpantomime.com.

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