5 MIN­UTES WITH... Richard Gauntlett

He not only writes and di­rects the Nor­wich The­atre Royal pan­tomime – he wears 11 dresses in it too!

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What treats should Aladdin au­di­ences ex­pect this year?

Cer­tainly a spec­ta­cle for the eyes! Brand new sets and cos­tumes and some amaz­ing mag­i­cal ef­fects – I can’t wait!

How many dresses will you wear per per­for­mance?


How ridicu­lously over the top will they be on a scale from as­ton­ish­ing to mind-bog­gling?

It is all a bit hush-hush – suf­fice to say two of the frocks re­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion.

What do you love most about pan­tomime?

En­ter­tain­ing boys and girls from three to 103.

Is there any­thing you don’t like about panto?

Say­ing good­bye at the end of a run. One meets, re­hearses and plays with a lovely bunch of per­form­ers – at the end of a panto run, we are like a fam­ily that has to go sep­a­rate ways.

What jokes or scenes get the big­gest laughs?

One never knows! Of­ten re­hearsal laughs are not the big­gest when an au­di­ence is there – I wish I knew.

Can you re­mem­ber your first stage ap­pear­ance?

I played Bill (or was it Ben?) in a na­tiv­ity at nurs­ery school with my twin brother.

What do you like about work­ing in Nor­wich?

I con­sider my­self very lucky that I am asked to re­turn each year and per­form in front of the warm and re­spon­sive au­di­ences of Nor­folk – oh, and the shops are great!

Who do you spend Christ­mas with and how do you cel­e­brate?

The one day off we get I spend with my wife and twin boys eat­ing.

When did you play your first pan­tomime dame?

Jack and the Beanstalk in 2002 at the The­atre Royal in Nor­wich.

When did you start work­ing with the The­atre Royal?

Mother Goose in 2001 – I played Sir Jasper, the bad­die!

What brings you back ev­ery year?

I love Nor­wich! For 18 years I have spent Christ­mas in Nor­wich work­ing with friends at a the­atre that cares about pan­tomime.

What have been your high­lights of 2018 and what are you look­ing for­ward to in 2019?

ABOVE: Be­hind you! Richard in one of his many cos­tumes

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