THEATRE staff, volunteers and performers have seen 2012 get off to a flying start with record audience numbers and top acts in the pipeline.
Stamford Pantomime Players kicked off the new year at the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre with seven performances of the fairytale classic Snow White.
More than 2,500 people turned out to watch the show.
Theatre manager Judith Mackie said: “Record numbers flocked to watch the pantomime this year with ticket sales up about 10 per cent which is fantastic news in this current climate.
“People love that the pantomime has such a large cast of local people. They had more than 70 people on stage with wonderful colourful sets and costumes.
“So much work goes into the productions - it’s quite unique in the way the show is put together.”
The pantomime was reviewed by Liz McMurray, entertainment reporter at the Mercury’s sister paper, The Spalding Guardian. She said: “The Corn Exchange provides the whole theatre experience.”
The theatre has also received high praise from some of its previous performers, including Des O’ Connor who recommended comedian Mike Harding performs there during his comeback tour this year.
Mrs Mackie said: “It’s great to have acts come to us and ask if they can perform here rather than us contacting them.
“Mike Harding hasn’t performed for many years so it’s really exciting for him to be coming to Stamford as part of his tour.”
This year’s programme has the usual mix of local performers, tribute acts, music, drama, comedy and dance.
Highlights include the Stamford Amateur Musical Society’s performance of Oliver, Jim Davidson, Roy Chubby Brown, Swan Lake by the Vienna Festival Ballet and Bootleg Abba.
Mrs Mackie said: “Our motto is to provide something for everyone and I hope that is what we are achieving.”
Volunteers are currently refurbishing the former Toreador bar at the theatre which they will manage when it reopens.
They are also offering guided tours of the building to local groups.
To find out more visit www.stamford-corn-exchange.co.uk