Paignton Pantomime Productions
We are proud of our history and of all those dedicated people who, throughout our existence, have worked so hard to present a pantomime to the residents of Paignton and South Devon each Christmas from 1935 to the present day. Our first pantomime “Babes in the Wood” exceeded all expectations and played to over 5,000 patrons from all over South Devon. The first musical director was Gerald King, who was succeeded by Harry Holwell. After the war, many local and regional performers played for the society, but like all good things, the partnership between the two producers had to end. In 1959 Jack Baker was forced to retire due to the severe illness of his wife. There have been many changes since but, from an average annual attendance of 2,700 in 1996 when the refurbished Palace Theatre re-opened, our audience has now increase to almost 5,000 patrons during the run, and the Paignton Pantomime is regarded as one of the best pantomimes in South Devon.