Children show off panto artwork

Children have been showing off their artistic talents in celebration of this year’s pantomime at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal.

Inspired by the story of Pinocchio, dozens of fish, sea creatures and puppets have been carefully created as part of a competition run by the theatre with entries from children as young as three in four different categories.

“We were thrilled by the large number of fantastic creations that have poured into the theatre in recent weeks,” said the pantomime’s writer and director, Clare Allen.

“It was incredibly difficult to pick winners from such an array of wonderful and creative entries and we would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part.

“Richmond’s pantomime is embraced by the community and we love to involve everyone – both young and old – whether as a member of the audience or by taking part in our many panto-related activities, such as knitting and arts and craft,” she added.

The winner of the category for entries from children aged 6 and under was George Bainbridge (age 6) with Austin Cooper (age 5) as runner-up; the winner of the category for entries from children aged 7 and over was Katie Brice (age 13) with Oscar Sartin (age 13) as runner-up; the winner of the best coloured-in picture or 2-D artwork was George Godfrey (age 9) with Poppy Rose (age 4) as runner-up. The Director’s Prize for the most imaginative entry was jointly won by Will Clennell (age 9) and Thomas Clennell (age 5).

All of the competition artwork will be displayed in the theatre during the run of the pantomime which continues until Sunday, January 8.

Tickets are priced from £13 and are available from the box office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on the Theatre’s website: