2020 - No panto due to Covid-19
2019 - Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Nottingham
2018 - Sleeping Beauty at the Wolverhamptom Grand
2010 - Aladdin at the Grove Theatre Dunstable
2009 - Snow White at the Ferneham Hall in Fareham
2009 - Snow White at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon
2008 - Snow White at the Grove Theatre Dunstable
2006 - Snow White at the Ipswich Regent Theatre
2005 - Cinderella at the Deco Northamapton
2004 - Aladdin at the Embassy Centre Skegness
2004 - Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Windsor
2003 - Snow White at the Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent
2003 - Aladdin at the Wycombe Swan in High Wycombe
2002 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Cliffs Pavilion Southend
2002 - Cinderella at the Grand Opera House Belfast
2002 - Snow White at the Theatre Royal Darlington
2002 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Swansea Grand
2001 - Aladdin at the Theatre Royal Nottingham
2001 - Snow White at the New Theatre Cardiff
2001 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Wolverhampton Grand
2000 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Milton Keynes Theatre
2000 - Aladdin at the Alhambra Bradford
1999 - Aladdin at the Ashcroft Theatre Croydon
1999 - Aladdin at the New Victoria Theatre Woking
1999 - Aladdin at Venue Cymru
1998 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Southampton Mayflower
1997 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Birmingham Hippodrome
1996 - Aladdin at the White Rock Theatre Hastings
1995 - Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Royal Bath
1991 - Aladdin - Barnsley Civic
1987 - Aladdin - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Sooty is a glove puppet, created by Harry Corbett in 1948, a fictional bear that appears on British television. The children's television show that bears his name has continued in various forms since the 1950s.
Sooty was originally devised by Harry Corbett (nephew of Guiseley fish and chip shop chain owner Harry Ramsden), who bought the puppet as a present for his son, Matthew Corbett, from a stall when he was on holiday in Blackpool in 1948.
Sooty, a small yellow bear with black ears and nose, is mute to the audience but can communicate with his operator by apparently whispering in his ear. He first appeared on screen on the BBC in 1952 on the BBC's Talent Night. This particular show came from the TV Theatre at the annual British Radio Show held on this occasion at Belle Vue, Manchester. For ten days there had been nightly heats of hopefuls in the theatre culminating in each of the winners performing live on the Saturday night variety show transmitted nationally. Harry Corbett won his heat and then, by public vote, the overall winner on the live TV show. Sooty and Harry then became regulars on the BBC children's show Saturday Special from 1952-1955.
The original bear was completely yellow, and Harry covered his ears and nose with soot so that he would show up better on black and white television - hence the puppet's name. He would later be joined by other puppet characters Sweep (a dog who communicates by a saxophone reed type squeak), Soo (a shy and sweetly spoken panda), Kipper (a cat), Butch (another dog who occasionally plays the part of a villain), Ramsbottom (a snake), 'Enry the Robot, Cousin Scampi (another bear), Miki (another cat - this time Brazilian) and Maggie Mouse. Like Sooty, Scampi appears to talk only in a very light whisper which can be heard only when someone puts their ear close to his mouth.
Following Harry Corbett's retirement in 1976, Sooty was operated by Corbett's son Matthew, and enjoyed a new wave of popularity on stage and TV. The Sooty Show continued until 1992, evolving into a sitcom format. Like his father, Matthew took on a paternal role to the puppets, sharing a house with Sooty, Sweep, Soo (and latterly little cousin Scampi) and becoming the butt of many practical jokes. Matthew developed a well-meaning but slightly conceited screen character, whose boasting and pomposity was frequently punctured by the mayhem caused by Sooty and Sweep.
Connie Creighton, who with her husband John had worked with Harry Corbett and Sooty for many years, continued to work on the programme, and co-starred in several episodes as well as touring with the stage show.
In 1993 Sooty, Sweep, Soo, Little Cousin Scampi and Matthew all moved to Manchester for Sooty & Co., with the gang running a shop that "sells almost everything". Brenda Longman, the voice of Soo since the early 1980s, co-starred as neighbour Mo.
In May 1996, Matthew Corbett sold the rights to Sooty to the Global Rights Development Fund,(a subsidiary of the Bank of Yokohama) and HIT Entertainment, for £1.4million. Corbett commented: "I have worked hand in glove with Sooty for the past 20 years, but now it is time for him to stand on his own two feet. The plan is to use my 50th birthday in two years' time as a springboard to shoot Sooty to true international stardom."The deal included Corbett staying until 1998.
Matthew Corbett retired in 1998, bequeathing Sooty to then co-star Richard Cadell, who presented the show through another five series, at first under the name Sooty Heights, then under the name, Sooty, both set at a hotel. He was joined in these by two female co-hosts, starting with Liana Bridges from 1999-2000 who worked in Sooty & Co. in the same period he did, and then Vicki Lee Taylor from 2001–2004. Cadell, who is a lifelong enthusiast of Sooty, said it was a dream come true to be able to own the rights to Sooty.
In June 2008 it was announced that Richard Cadell had bought the rights to Sooty, which had been put up for sale by HIT Entertainment in October 2007. Plans for three new TV show formats - a sitcom-style show similar to previous series, featuring the gang working at a handyman agency, a live variety show and a pre-school game show - were under way, plus a reworking of one of Matthew Corbett's stage shows. A brand new Sooty adventure, Sooty's Big Day Out, was released on DVD and was made available via the official Sooty Show website.
A 26-part series aired in 2011 on CITV, set in a holiday camp with Richard Cadell as the caretaker.