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1960s

What was the best selling song in the 1960s?
"She Loves You"

Between 1960 and 1969, fourteen singles sold more than one million copies in the UK, of which the biggest-selling was "She Loves You" by the Beatles.

Panto was thrilled to host a lineup of popular music stars from the 2010s. The audience was treated to an unforgettable night of music and entertainment at many locations across the country! Did you ever see one the stars below in panto?

Panto was thrilled to host a lineup of popular music stars from the 2010s. The audience was treated to an unforgettable night of music and entertainment at many locations across the country! Did you ever see one the stars below in panto?

The 1960s saw panto and the music world connect even more with pop stars taking to the stage in the hight of the music craze. 

Some stars from the 1960s however took many years to enter the panto world. Click a name to learn more...

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Billy Fury

Ronald Wycherley, better known as Billy Fury, was an English musician and actor. An early star of rock and roll, he equalled the Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart. His hit singles include "Wondrous Place", "Halfway to Paradise" and "Jealousy".
 

1965/66: AladdinNew Theatre, Oxford

Early into the run of this pantomime run it became clear that Billy was having problems, particularly ironically with the singing, he seemed unable to project his voice in these days before radio microphones he was also suffering with his health.  Rather than continue with the gruelling twice daily schedule continued over a lengthy run, the producers agreed to release Billy from the panto, and bring in another star name to play the same role of “Aladdin” - Enter Jean Bayless who took on the role after sitting in on just one performance before appearing on stage with no proper rehearsal. 

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Elaine Jill Paige OBE is an English singer and actress, best known for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Paige attended the Aida Foster Theatre School, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16.

1966/67: Babes in the WoodWimbledon Theatre

2017/18: Dick WhittingtonLondon Palladium
2020/21: Pantoland at the Palladium - London Palladium

Elaine Paige

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Video: Bows / Curtain Call from Dick Whittington 2017 with Elaine Paige

Gerry and the Pacemakers were a British beat group prominent in the 1960s Merseybeat scene. In common with the Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.

 

1963/64: Babes in the Wood - Gaumont Theatre, Stoke on Trent

1964/65: Babes in the Wood - Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich
1976/77: Jack and the Beanstalk - Empire Theatre Liverpool

1989/90: Babes in the Wood - Theatre Royal Hanley

Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden

Helen Kate Shapiro (born 28 September 1946) is a British pop and jazz singer and actress. While still a teenager in the early 1960s, she was one of Britain's most successful female singers. With a voice described by AllMusic as possessing "the maturity and sensibilities of someone far beyond their teen years", Shapiro recorded two 1961 UK chart toppers, "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness", when she was just fourteen years old.

1964/65: AladdinNew Theatre, Hull

1971/72: Goody Two ShoesForum Theatre, Billingham
1982/83: CinderellaTameside Theatre
1983/84: Dick WhittingtonWyvern Theatre, Swindon
1985/86: Dick WhittingtonAshcroft Theatre, Croydon
1987/88: CinderellaCliffs Pavilion, Southend
1988/89: AladdinCharter Theatre Preston
1989/90: Robin Hood and the Babes in the WoodHarlequin Theatre, Redhill
1992/93: 
Jack and the BeanstalkMillfield Theatre, Edmonton

Helen Shapiro

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Below: 1964 - Aladdin (New Theatre, Hull)

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Jess Conrad OBE (born Gerald Arthur James; 24 February 1936) is an English stage and screen actor and singer. As a boy he was nicknamed "Jesse" after American outlaw Jesse James; as there was already an actor named "Gerald James" in Actors' Equity, a drama teacher who was a fan of writer Joseph Conrad suggested the stage name of "Jess Conrad".

1965/66: Puss in BootsSwansea Grand

1966/67: Robinson CrusoeABC Embassy, Peterborough

1967/68: Mother GooseBarnsley Civic
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Dick WhittingtonAshcroft Theatre Croydon
1971/72: 
Dick WhittingtonWimbledon Theatre
1974/75: 
Goldilocks and the Three BearsWimbledon Theatre

1975/76: Jack and the BeanstalkNew Theatre, Cardiff

1978/79: Jack and the BeanstalkWatersmeet, Rickmansworth
1982/83: 
Babes in the WoodWyvern Theatre Swindon
1984/85: 
CinderellaTheatre Royal, Windsor
1985/86: 
CinderellaLewisham Theatre, Catford
1989/90: 
CinderellaBradford Alhambra
1990/91: 
CinderellaTameside Theatre
1991/92: 
CinderellaThe Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead
1992/93: 
AladdinHorsham Arts Centre
1993/94: 
Robin Hood and the Babes in the WoodMillfield Theatre, Edmonton
1995/96: 
CinderellaThe Wellington Theatre Norfolk
1996/97: 
CinderellaWyvern Theatre, Swindon
1997/98: Jack and the BeanstalkGordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
1998/99: Robin HoodTheatre Royal Hanley
2003/04: CinderellaFernham Hall, Fareham
2004/05: CinderellaFerneham Hall Fareham
2005/06: Peter PanVictoria Theatre, Halifax
2009/10: AladdinTheatre Royal Windsor
2010/11: CinderellaTheatre Royal Windsor

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Jess Conrad

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Lulu Kennedy-Cairns CBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie; 3 November 1948) is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality. Noted for her powerful singing voice, Lulu began her career in the UK but soon became known internationally. She had major chart hits with "To Sir with Love" from the 1967 film of the same name, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, and with the title song to the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries, she is also widely known for the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 winning entry "Boom Bang-a-Bang", and for her 1964 hit "Shout", which she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Lulu

1966/67: Babes in the WoodWimbledon Theatre

1972/73: Peter PanManchester Opera House
1975/76: 
Peter PanLondon Palladium
1976/77: 
AladdinNew Theatre, Oxford
1983/84: 
Jack and the BeanstalkLewisham Concert Hall

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The Osmonds

The Osmonds were an American family music group who reached the height of their fame in the early to mid-1970s. The group had its best-known configurations as a quartet (billed as the Osmond Brothers) and a quintet (as the Osmonds). The group has consisted of siblings who are all members of a family of musicians from Ogden, Utah, and have been in the public eye since the 1960s.

Donny Osmond

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2021/22: Pantoland at the PalladiumLondon Palladium

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2008/09: CinderellaRoyal & Derngate Northampton

2010/11: CinderellaWhite Rock Hastings

2011/12: AladdinSwansea Grand

2013/14: Peter PanSwansea Grand

2014/15: CinderellaVenue Cymru

2017/18: AladdinHis Majestys Theatre Aberdeen

2018/19: Peter PanBirmingham Hippodrome

During the 2018/19 season whilst performing the evening show on Thursday 27th December, Jimmy began to feel unwell during Act 2, despite feeling so poorly he struggled through to the end of the show and was then rushed to hospital where it was confirmed he had suffered a stroke whilst on stage.

With a month of the production left to run Darren Day was brought in to take over the role of Captain Hook for the rest of the run.

Jimmy Osmond

Video: Curtain call from Peter Pan in 2018 starring Jimmy Osmond

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