Get set for a swashbuckling summer panto from the Potty Pirates

AHOY THERE: Captain Blackhead and the cast of Pirates of the Pavilion

AHOY THERE: Captain Blackhead and the cast of Pirates of the Pavilion

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Features & entertainments writer

IS that a panto taking place under a sizzling hot Weymouth sun? Oh yes it is!

Potty pirates are setting sail for Weymouth in a swashbuckling summer adventure.

Pirates of the Pavilion is coming to Weymouth Pavilion over the school summer holidays.

The drama on the high seas comes from the producers of Cinderella, the Pavilion’s most successful pantomime to date.

The audience should get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of participation as they join potty pirates on the treasure hunt adventure of a lifetime.

Meet the hilarious seadog Billy (Danny Rogers), Max the Pirate Mouse and the dependable Buccaneer Becky (played by local resident Charlotte Allen) as they set sail for Mermaid Reef in search of treasure.

Of course, no pantomime would be complete without a touch of magic, which comes in abundance from Lizzie Frances as Melody the Magical Mermaid.

Director Josh Bennett, of Ron Martin Management, said: “I am extremely excited to be bringing this fantastic brand new show to Weymouth.

“After the success of Cinderella, the natural step was to bring a quality family production to the Pavilion Theatre for the summer season.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our professional and talented cast, and can’t wait to get started.”

The plot of the pantomime involves a whole host of hilarious characters attempting to thwart the plans of the evil Captain Blackhead (Alex Anstey).

The villain has more than a few tricks up his sleeve to beat them to Mermaid Reef and claim the treasure as his own.

Pirates of the Pavilion is jam-packed with sensational songs, spectacular scenery, colourful costumes, ultra-violet puppetry and full supporting cast.

It is guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of children of all ages from three to 103!

Performances take place every Tuesday from July 15 to August 26 twice daily. Tickets are available from the box office on 01305 783 225, or by visiting and are priced at £13 for adults and £11 for children / senior citizens.

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