Fans queue all night for tickets to York Theatre Royal’s pantomime Old Mother Goose

Fans queue all night for pantomime tickets

Berwick Kaler with the first ticket for Old Mother Goose the new Theatre Royal Panto, for which the queue was started by (left) Peter Newton, who was in position at 5.45 last night.

The queue for tickets for Old Mother Goose the pantomime starring Berwick Kaler stretches from the box office around the corner into Duncombe Place.

The queue for tickets for Old Mother Goose the pantomime starring Berwick Kaler stretches from the box office around the corner into Duncombe Place.

Berwick Kaler with the first three members of the public, who queued for tickets for Old Mother Goose the Theatre Royal Pantomime .

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DIE-HARD panto fans queued all night in freezing temperatures to buy tickets for York Theatre Royal’s production next Christmas.

Panto dame Berwick Kaler may have only just hung up his wig and frock after a successful run of Aladdin And The Twankeys but the theatre today put tickets on sale for his next pantomime, Old Mother Goose.

Hundreds were queuing down St Leonard’s Place and round the corner into Duncombe Place when the box office opened at 9am, and right at the front was Peter Newton, of South Bank, who started queueing at 5.45 pm yesterday, and Rita Wells, from near Boroughbridge, who joined him in the queue at 5.55pm.

After surviving a frosty night, they were greeted in person by Berwick, dressed in full panto gear.

Mr Newton said he wanted to ensure he got tickets in the right seats on the right night for the sake of his grandson Kyle, who was autistic and disliked change, and always wanted to sit in the same seat in the dress circle each year.

Rita said she was buying four tickets for herself and 20 tickets on behalf of the boss of JC Lister Farm near Boroughbridge, who wanted to treat her family with a visit to the panto.

Third in the queue was Debra Allen from Keighley, who arrived at 3am and said she came over to York every January with her family for a trip to the panto - a treat which was slightly sullied this year when her father was fined for crossing Lendal Bridge.

Berwick hailed the fans, saying: "I have just said to one lady I would have retired at 65 if it wasn't for this lot. I absolutely adore them."

• Old Mother Goose will run from Thursday December 11 until Saturday January 31, 2015. Tickets can be bought over the phone from 9am on Monday by calling 01904 623568.

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12:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Justin7 says...

Berwick Kaler and his trademark facial expression in the Press again I see.

No one under the age of 60 in that queue.
Berwick Kaler and his trademark facial expression in the Press again I see. No one under the age of 60 in that queue. Justin7
  • Score: 9

1:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

I have been going to see this chap since I was a young child, I take my kids now. I go most years and Berwick always says its the same old rubbish, and he is right, but the kids love it, I enjoy it and if it gets children used to going to the Theatre then its a double result.

Keep going Berwick.
I have been going to see this chap since I was a young child, I take my kids now. I go most years and Berwick always says its the same old rubbish, and he is right, but the kids love it, I enjoy it and if it gets children used to going to the Theatre then its a double result. Keep going Berwick. eeoodares
  • Score: 11

4:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

Thank you Berwick Khaler for your service to York - you're a legend and a hero !
Thank you Berwick Khaler for your service to York - you're a legend and a hero ! Badgers Drift
  • Score: 1

4:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

hula says...

Whatever next!!!!
Whatever next!!!! hula
  • Score: 7

5:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Pedro says...

These people must gather round to watch the traffic lights change.
These people must gather round to watch the traffic lights change. Pedro
  • Score: 21

5:43pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Lamplighter says...

They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it!
They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it! Lamplighter
  • Score: 9

7:37pm Sat 1 Mar 14

CHISSY1 says...

Last 2 posters,crawl back under your stones please.Some people like to enjoy themselves.
Last 2 posters,crawl back under your stones please.Some people like to enjoy themselves. CHISSY1
  • Score: -36

8:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Thank you Berwick Khaler for your service to York - you're a legend and a hero !
Oh get a grip!
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: Thank you Berwick Khaler for your service to York - you're a legend and a hero ![/p][/quote]Oh get a grip! Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -4

10:59am Sun 2 Mar 14

Daisy75 says...

Weirdos. Thank god they don't live in London, they'd soon end up in hospital from all the overnight panto ticket queues.
Weirdos. Thank god they don't live in London, they'd soon end up in hospital from all the overnight panto ticket queues. Daisy75
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Sun 2 Mar 14

sierrarain says...

i find this one interesting! Yeah!
i find this one interesting! Yeah! sierrarain
  • Score: -2

1:26pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Lamplighter wrote:
They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it!
Oh yes it will be........!
[quote][p][bold]Lamplighter[/bold] wrote: They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it![/p][/quote]Oh yes it will be........! pedalling paul
  • Score: -4

2:11pm Sun 2 Mar 14

O. MyLord says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Lamplighter wrote:
They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it!
Oh yes it will be........!
Oh no it won't....
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lamplighter[/bold] wrote: They'll be actors and it will be a publicity stunt. Why would anyone queue overnight when the panto runs for six or seven weeks? Is it a sell out yet? Doubt it![/p][/quote]Oh yes it will be........![/p][/quote]Oh no it won't.... O. MyLord
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Sun 2 Mar 14

non pedalling pete says...

I am not an actor and I do it for the reason stated in the article, my grandson.
As usual it was a long cold night but it is always entertaining watching the late night revellers making their way home.This year the entertainment was enhanced by watching the rats (real furry ones) that now infest the former council offices. NO CHANGE THERE THEN.This information was given to Mike Laycock from the press, let's see if they do an article on the rats.
PETER NEWTON
I am not an actor and I do it for the reason stated in the article, my grandson. As usual it was a long cold night but it is always entertaining watching the late night revellers making their way home.This year the entertainment was enhanced by watching the rats (real furry ones) that now infest the former council offices. NO CHANGE THERE THEN.This information was given to Mike Laycock from the press, let's see if they do an article on the rats. PETER NEWTON non pedalling pete
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

It's not really needed these days but the queues do show the dedication of the 'fans' - a reward for Berwick Kaler and Co. It's a crackign panto - we go every year and will be doing so until time immoral.
It's not really needed these days but the queues do show the dedication of the 'fans' - a reward for Berwick Kaler and Co. It's a crackign panto - we go every year and will be doing so until time immoral. MouseHouse
  • Score: -3

5:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

I'm still waiting for him to make a grand entrance on two wheels......!
I'm still waiting for him to make a grand entrance on two wheels......! pedalling paul
  • Score: -11

9:15am Mon 3 Mar 14

myselby says...

If people want to do this let them, the York Panto is very good- but wht not open the box office at Midnight-
If people want to do this let them, the York Panto is very good- but wht not open the box office at Midnight- myselby
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Mon 3 Mar 14

sierrarain says...

this is really cool! it is impressing me.
this is really cool! it is impressing me. sierrarain
  • Score: -1

12:17pm Mon 3 Mar 14

weeping_angel says...

Love how the article manages to shoehorn in a reference to Lendal Bridge in!
Love how the article manages to shoehorn in a reference to Lendal Bridge in! weeping_angel
  • Score: 0

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