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Pirates of the Pavilion 2018 – Review

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August 8, 2018

We love a good pantomime and it has always been a Christmas treat, however, recently I have noticed that they have become a summer holiday occasion too.
This week we enjoyed our first summer pantomime – Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth and is was absolutely brilliant from start to finish.
Pirates of the Pavilion
Following the record-breaking success of last year’s Christmas Pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Made-to-Measure Productions are back with a bang with this brand new swashbuckling pantomime which sees the Pirates of the Pavilion on a mission to retrieve the Lost Loot of Lodmoor.
Robert Squire returns as the bumbling and love-lorn Captain Filibuster alongside Tegen Jones as the magical Spirit of the Seas, but it was Seadog Billy (Liam Mellor) who really stole the show with his slapstick comedy, impeccable timing and pure silliness that had adults and kids in stitches.

Seadog Billy

Image Credit: Weymouth Pavilion

Of course, any good pantomime needs a good villain and this one was in the form of evil Captain Blackhead (Lee Neal) and the Sea Empress who conspire to transport the pirates back in time to the Land of Dinosaurs, with world domination in mind.
Pirate Poppy

Image Credit: Weymouth Pavilion

Sebby was waiting patiently for the dinosaurs and was rewarded just before the interval when Captain Blackhead soared over heads of the audience on an impressive flying pterodactyl.
The dinosaurs for me, were a bit hit and miss – the pterodactyl and the T-Rex were very impressive but I think all the budget was spent on them as the Stegosaurus was a little naff – not that the kids cared one bit.

There was all the traditional pantomime tomfoolery, mixed up to include dinosaurs instead of ghosts and lots of “in” jokes about local towns and villages. The songs were brilliant with some modern pop-songs, old favourites and even a bit of Greatest Showman thrown in and the dancers and their many costume changes were the best I have seen in a panto.
Pirates of the Pavilion Weymouth
I was skeptical as to whether a pantomime out-of-season would be for us, but it was the perfect end to a fabulous day out in Weymouth.
For full details and to book tickets, visit or call the box office on 01305 783 225.
Tickets are priced at £16.00 for adults and £14.00 for concessions, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £56.00
Disclaimer: We were invited to watch a performance of Pirates of the Pavilion in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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    Alex Gladwin

    August 9, 2018

    This sounds like it was a really good panto. My boys would love the dinosaurs! We haven’t been to a pantomime in ages, but we’ve booked one for later this year and I’m really excited to take the boys. x

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    August 9, 2018

    I had no idea they did them at this time of year! It looks a great show x

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    Nikki Thomas

    August 9, 2018

    I didn’t realise that you could watch pantos in the summer, that’s a great idea! That looked like a really great show

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    Rhian westbury

    August 9, 2018

    I haven’t even seen a pantomime over Christmas in a long time never mind out of season but this doesn’t look like your traditional pantomime x

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    August 9, 2018

    I think anything that introduces kids to theatre such as pantomimes is a great thing.

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    Fashion and Style Police

    August 10, 2018

    Looks like a great performance. Never been to a theatre before. Need to visit one ASAP.

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    August 10, 2018

    Ah brilliant, we love a good panto so I’m really pleased that they’re starting them at other times of the year. This one sounds great.

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    August 11, 2018

    Would you believe I have never seen a pantomime? I need to remedy this! This looks like a great show that the kids would love.

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    August 11, 2018

    That is such a cool show, both for parents and for children. I actually never been to a pantomime show before. This one sounds fabulous, especially that dinosaurs are involved.

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    Cath - BattleMum

    August 11, 2018

    I used to love pantomimes. We used to go for my birthday shortly after Christmas. I’d love to bring my son to one and its a great idea to have them on during the summer.

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    August 14, 2018

    Oh my nieces and nephews would love this! You can’t beat a good panto can you 🙂

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    What Mum Loves

    August 14, 2018

    Pantomime is a wonderful way to introduce kids to theatre. I can not wait till my son gets little older, and we can start going to the theatre together 🙂

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    August 17, 2018

    Oh wow this sounds great. Mine love the theatre but don’t get to go often. Bet they’d love this x

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