Panto Bills and Posters

 

Babes in the Wood

 

1966-7 - The Regal Theatre, Edmonton

The Regal Cinema opened in 1934 at at the time was one of the largest, with a seating capacity of 3,000, and room for a further 1,000 standing. Built for “Cine-Variety” it had its own café and ballroom, and a ten ton Christie Cinema Organ.

It was a house for not just films, but presented pantomimes, ice-shows, symphony and Jazz concerts, and was the first cinema in the country to have a stage show televised- “Cinderella” starring Derek Roy and Jean Kent. Lionel Bart’s “Oliver” and “Blitz” musicals were staged here pre-West End.

The Hughie Green pantomime “Babes In The Wood” was cashing in on the television success of Green’s show “Opportunity Knocks!”. Apart from Hughie himself (as Baron Batman!) his television assistant Monica Rose appeared as “Mistress Monica”. Monica Rose had first appeared on the Hughie Green  show “Double Your Money” as a contestant, and after floods of letters poured in, was employed as Hughie’s “right hand girl” on that quiz show.

From “Opportunity Knocks” the young Bobby Bennett appeared as one of the “Babes”- he was fourteen when he first appeared on the show, and the girl babe was played by another “Op Knocks” discovery, Deano- a fourteen year old singer.

Tony Holland, the “Musical Muscle Man” made a guest appearance in this pantomime, flexing his muscles to the tune “Wheels” as he had done on the television so often.

From the world of pantomime and variety, Billy Whittaker (of Billy Whittaker and Mimi Law) played Dame Trot, whilst variety veterans Desmond and Marks played the Robbers.

Yvonne Marsh played Robin Hood- she had previously appeared as Dick Whittington on television, and had at this time appeared in the bond film “Casino Royale”.

 

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