The Atkinson team up with LHK Productions to announce a new Christmas Pantomime opening December 2020

The Atkinson team up with LHK Productions to announce a new Christmas Pantomime opening December 2020

Press Release: 11.11.19 (for immediate release)

The Atkinson is excited to announce Cinderella as their first Christmas Pantomime in collaboration with LHK Productions. The production will be the first Christmas Panto at The Atkinson since the iconic building re-launched in 2013 and will run from 11 December 2020 – 2 January 2021.

LHK Productions are one of the most acclaimed theatre & pantomime production companies in the UK and guarantee a spellbinding experience with a professional cast, live orchestra, lavish sets and exquisite costumes. Cinders, her wicked Stepmother, a jealous stepsister or two, the Fairy Godmother, Buttons and Prince Charming will all make an appearance in this magical new production.

You can expect to see some famous faces in this traditional panto with a modern twist. The full cast announcement will be made in Summer 2020, alongside regular panto pro’s Claire Simmo (Greatest Hits Radio), Michael Chapman (Liverpool’s favourite Dame), Lewis Pryor (Britain’s Got Talent 2016) and Holli Jo Bradley (choreographer).

Cinderella is set to be a highlight in Southport’s 2020 festive programme as Sefton celebrates its Borough of Culture year. Tickets will go on general sale in December 2019 with Family Ticket offers, generous Group Booking discounts and special offers for Schools with teachers going free.

David Eddy, Localities Team Manager North for Sefton Council said “The collaboration with LHK provides a brilliant opportunity for The Atkinson to contribute to the growth of Sefton’s economy over the festive period.”

Producer Lee Kelly said “We are delighted to be teaming up with The Atkinson to bring Cinderella to this fabulous venue for 2020. We began producing Panto here over ten years ago so it is amazing to be returning to the transformed Atkinson. We cannot wait to get started and look forward to introducing the full cast in the new year.”

Charlotte Down, Marketing & Sales Officer at The Atkinson said “The Atkinson has a fantastic relationship with local families, schools and youth groups. We are working hard to extend our family offer and Cinderella will be the first of many festive pantomimes staged in our traditional Theatre.”

“Be kind, have courage and always believe in a little magic.”Cinderella


Image L-R: Michael Chapman, Claire Simmo, Lee Kelly, Holli Jo Bradley, Lewis Pryor. Image courtesy David Nunn.

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Charlotte Down, Marketing & Sales Officer, The Atkinson

About LHK Productions

LHK Productions is one of the most acclaimed and unique theatre & pantomime production companies in the UK. Formed in 2005, LHK productions has quickly put its stamp on the UK’s theatre scene hosting countless shows in some of the biggest and most prestigious venues in the country.

The company’s ethos is about giving the audience a fun and traditional pantomime but with a fresh and current twist. It’s this unique outlook that has rapidly turned LHK into the UK’s most bespoke production company and turned the company into a global brand, landing huge deals with companies in both Dubai and Lebanon.

Since its launch in 2005, the company has produced a string of highly successful productions and seen some of the countries most famous Artists star in their productions including Jennifer Ellison, 80’s Pop Sensation Sonia, Andy Scott Lee, One of Big Brothers most renowned housemates Nikki Graham & fellow Big Brother star Dale Howard

About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history. You can find us in the middle of the iconic Lord Street and just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station.

We offer an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing our stunning 19th century buildings to create a welcoming and accessible multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

Our traditional Theatre and dynamic Studio space present an outstanding programme of music, comedy and performing arts from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies.

The Atkinson is also home to an impressive collection holding over 3,500 artworks and over 25,000 pieces of social history, which are displayed on rotation across our museum and galleries. The regularly changing exhibition programme presents work from our collection as well as contemporary art, family friendly and thematic exhibitions delivered in partnership with other cultural organisations.

Find a range of handmade items from local artists, local history information and museum & exhibition souvenirs in The Atkinson’s shop. Relax in our award-winning café A Great Little Place and enjoy great coffee and delicious fresh food. The Atkinson is also home to Southport Library which offers a range of services to the local community as well as tourist information.

The Atkinson is open throughout the year and presents a varied seasonal programme and changing exhibitions, events and lectures. Whatever time of year you visit, we offer a fun, creative and varied day out with family or friends.

Posted on 11 November 2019 under Just announced

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