Wacky humour, colourful costumes and a big dose of nostalgia
have helped make The Wizard Who's Odd a great success at the Astor
Community Theatre, Deal.
Former Royal Marines are back on stage for their panto for the
first time since the Walmer barracks closed in 1996 and have been
playing to packed audiences every night.
The curtain goes up for the final time tomorrow (Thursday) and
all tickets for the 10 performances were sold out - a total
of 1,700 seats.
Former Royal Marine Brian Short, the
panto's writer, director and creator, said: "It is
the resurrection of a long held tradition going back to the
"The pantomimes reached their zenith in the 1990s, running for a
three week stretch in the intimate Globe Theatre within the
barracks, before the government of the day decided to close the
"Our main aim of this production is to raise funds for local
charities and charities supporting Royal Marines currently serving
* For full story and a page of pictures of the cast see the
East Kent Mercury, January 10, which also has details of where to
buy the DVD of The Wizard Who's Odd.
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