Sir Ian McKellan meets his match in Doctor Who’s John Bishop as the pair star as wife and husband in riotous musical comedy panto Mother Goose
“Once they’ve seen your Twankey, a Goose will surely follow,” as Sir Ian McKellan himself described the Shakespearean actor’s return to panto for Mother Goose. The knight of the stage becomes a Dame as he stars as Mother Goose herself at Thursday at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London before embarking on an international tour. Joining him is Doctor Who’s John Bishop, playing Mother Goose’s husband Vic Goose. Described by What’s On Stage’s review as “the perfect straight man, in ever sense,” it falls to Bishop’s Vic to try and keep the couple’s feet on the ground when a whirlwind of events causes Mother Goose to become an international celebrity.
The riotous musical comedy remains at the Duke of York’s Theatre until the 29th of January before its tour of the UK and Ireland. McKellan has described it as likely his final panto, so make sure not to miss out!
The whole nation is flocking to see Ian McKellen and John Bishop as they join forces to bring you a hilarious family-friendly panto. Mother Goose is the ultimate theatrical feast – full of fun, farce and surprises that will make you honk out loud.
Meet Mother Goose (McKellen) and her husband Vic (Bishop). Running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays, they live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a magical goose comes a-knocking, will fame & fortune get the better of them?!
Will Ma’s feathers get ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their humble life about to turn fowl? Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeckably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family.
UK & Ireland Tour Dates
- London – Duke of York’s Theatre, 15th of December – 29th of January
- Chichester – Chichester Festival Theatre, 7th of February – 11th of February
- Sheffield – Sheffield Lyceum, 14th of February – 18th of February
- Liverpool – Liverpool Empire, 28th of February – 4th of March
- Oxford – New Theatre Oxford, 7th of March – 11th of March
- Dublin – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, 22nd of March – 26th of March
- Cardiff – Wales Millennium Centre, 28th of March – 1st of April
You can book your tickets now at the official Mother Goose site.