Spotlight focused on Christmas panto

Kathleen Bate is deliciously wicked as Morgan Le Fay.

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It’s that time of year when theatrical types look forward to getting into makeup, putting on dresses and high heels – and that’s just the boys! Yes pantomime season is upon us once again and galloping into the Corran Halls next week is Camelot – the panto.

Following on from the success of Fiddler on the Roof earlier in the year, local theatre troupe Spotlight Musical Theatre Group return for Oban’s 2019 panto season.

This year the tale unfolds with the dashing Prince Arthur who is due to wed Princess Guinevere.  But evil Morgan Le Fay (booooo!) helps love-struck Valerin the Vicious (booo again!) to kidnap Guinevere with a little back-up from his mum and some hapless henchmen.

Can Nurse Connie, Laughalot, Nell, Arthur, King Uther and Teddy come to the rescue?  Will Merlin discover the secret of eternal youth or like the rest of us have to head to the nearest chemist in search of face creams and other potions?!

There is many a familiar face on stage, including Katie Robinson playing Guinevere and her real-life new husband John Robinson trying to kidnap her as the evil Valerin the Viscous. Jack Anderson plays the valiant Prince Arthur and Kathleen Bate is deliciously wicked as Morgan.

Swapping his boiler suit for a bedazzled frock is Mr Bolt n Fix himself Roddy MacEachen as Nurse Connie. Richard Baker leaves behind the “high wires” of SSE to become our intrepid, yet slightly cowardly, Laughalot, the court jester.  Other Spotlight regulars heading up the cast are Aimie Baker, Ellie Cooper, Peter MacArthur, Kate MacGregor, Michael Wall, Morven Wright and of course a huge local chorus and backstage heroes.

The show is directed by local theatre stalwart Kevin Baker, with a talented production team helping bring his vision to the stage.

Preview night is Wednesday December 4 at 7.30pm where all tickets are £6.

The magic continues on Thursday to Saturday at 7.30pm and there is a matinee performance on Saturday at 2pm. Ticket are priced £6-£12 (family ticket from £30-£35) and are on sale now at the Corran Halls Box Office on 01631 567333 or nip in to see them during opening hours.