Hundreds of Margate pupils get ready for panto at the Theatre Royal

Cllr Barry Lewis with the Theatre Royal panto cast

Four hundred primary school children will be treated to an afternoon at the theatre thanks to County Councillor Barry Lewis.

The youngsters, from Cliftonville, Drapers Mills, Salmestone and Northdown schools, will watch Jack and the Beanstalk at Margate’s Theatre Royal this Thursday (December 13) after Cllr Lewis paid for the tickets from his county council fund.

The youngsters will also be treated to food and drink from Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet, headed up by Sharon Goodyer.

Cllr Lewis said: “It is important for children to be able to visit the theatre and experience live performances. It is a good opportunity for the children to enjoy the atmosphere and fun of pantomime.”

A spokesman for the Theatre Royal added: “For many children, their first ever visit to the theatre is to see a pantomime and it’s important that this experience is as exciting and captivating as possible. So where better to come than this beautiful Georgian Theatre –  the perfect setting for a traditional pantomime.

“We’re so thankful to Cllr Lewis for making it possible for these children to come to see Jack and the Beanstalk. For some, we know this will be their first time in a theatre, but we know that once they’ve seen our wonderful show, we’ll be welcoming them back here very soon!”

Jack and the Beanstalk, performed by Wicked Productions, is on stage from now until January 2, various performances.

Tickets range from £11 to £17.50 plus booking fee. To book call 01843 292795 or go to