This huge ‘tented palace’ is coming to York. Here’s why

How the ‘tented palace’ will look
11 Dec 2020 @ 7.36 am
| Entertainment

This ‘tented palace’ is set to be installed in York next Easter – offering an exciting new setting for a traditional family show.

It is will host a new production of favourite panto Aladdin – and will feature a ‘stellar cast’, producers said today.

Staged by The Great Yorkshire Pantomime, Aladdin is created by Chris Moreno, the producer of York’s Grand Opera House pantomimes over the last four years.

The full-length ‘theatrical spectacular’ will be staged inside a 54m diameter big top on Knavesmire, transformed into a heated theatre housing a socially-distanced audience in tiered, cushioned seats.

The tented palace complex is one of the largest to be assembled in the north of England for a theatrical performance and, says Chris, “is one of the stars of the show”!

‘Magical special effects’

Aladdin will feature ‘a stellar cast’

Normally large enough for an audience of 2,500, the theatre capacity will be reduced to 976 seated in socially-distanced pods of three, four, five or six seats, with a minimum purchase of two tickets.

The extensive stage spans 50m and will comprise ‘an impressive palace façade, stunning projected scenery and magical special effects, as well as full stage lighting and sound’.

The tented palace complex also includes a large, carpeted grand foyer with a bar and food stalls.

Times and tickets

Aladdin, The Great Yorkshire Pantomime will run from 19th March to 11th April for 36 performances. The cast of 21 will be announced in the new year.

Tickets are available in four price bands, ranging from £15-£35 for adults and £12-£29 for children/concessions, plus booking fees.

You can book online here.

Producer and director Chris Moreno said: “Having produced over 300 pantomimes and as many open-air and arena concerts, the idea of marrying the two concepts is both exciting and fabulous.

“I can’t wait to get going and am so looking forward to this unique pantomime experience, with a truly talented cast and some extraordinary special effects.

“Aladdin is the most magical pantomime ever written, and producing it in this exciting space gives me a wonderful opportunity to have some creative fun!”

Chief executive of York Racecourse, William Derby said: “We are thrilled to be the venue for the staging of Aladdin, The Great Yorkshire Pantomime, which will bring entertainment to many families who have been deprived of live entertainment at Christmas.

“The Knavesmire will make a majestic setting for The tented palace.”