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The New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s Easter pantomime is returning with The Jungle Book, running from Monday, April 13th to Sunday 19th and the audiences of the venue’s last two Easter pantomimes, The Wizard of Oz (2019) and Alice in Wonderland (2018) will be pleased to see some familiar faces.
Not only will Chris Johnson star in this year’s production as the Monkey King and Kaa but this year CBBC’s Chris will also be credited for writing the script.
When asked about coming back to Lincoln and writing the show, Chris said, “I’m delighted to re-join the wonderful NTR Presents team once again for what’s guaranteed to be a swinging time in the jungle. Lincoln holds a very special place in my heart so getting to write and perform another show here is an absolute joy!”
Chris will be joined by Michelle Morris who will get her wicked claws out as Shere Khan. Best known for her TV appearances in The Knock, Doctor Who, and Endeavour, Michelle’s theatre credits span more than two decades, including The Wicked Witch in last year’s Easter pantomime The Wizard of Oz, and Fairy Stardust in New Theatre Royal’s latest Christmas pantomime, Robin Hood.
Lincoln’s local lad, Chris Hayes, is back too. After leaving audiences in stitches as Mama Munch in the The Wizard of Oz and Friar Tuck in Robin Hood, Chris returns as the loveable Baloo Bear.
Last year’s Scarecrow Jonny Weston and The Win Women Georgia Hayes-Cowley return as Bagheera and Raksha, Mowgli’s wolf mum.
The city theatre is also very excited to introduce local young talent, Kyla Hurdley and Ruby Grayson, who will share the role of Mowgli.
Packed with high energy dance routines, popular songs and a witty script, this family-favourite story will see the theatre’s artistic director, Natalie Hayes-Cowley, produce and direct the show: “Who said pantomimes are just for Christmas?” she asks. “This will be our seventh in-house pantomime since we took over the theatre in 2016 and our Easter pantomimes are becoming increasingly popular amongst our patrons.”
“Panto brings all generations of families together and it’s rewarding to see so many people joining in, laughing and booing (at the baddies, of course), then leaving with huge smiles on their faces. I can’t wait for everyone to see The Jungle Book, it’s going to be another brilliant show!”
A relaxed performance will be held on Thursday, April 16th, at 2.30pm. Tickets start from £19.50 (adults) and £11 (child). Call 01522 519999 or visit New Theatre Royal Lincoln to book.