Cambridge Arts Theatre has announced Mother Goose as this year's panto - and tickets are on sale now.

Mother Goose, written by Al Lockhart-Morley and directed by Michael Gattrell, stars Cambridge's 'number one' dame Matt Crosby as Gertie Goose, returning for his eighteenth Arts Theatre pantomime.

Matt's recent roles at the Arts Theatre include Sarah the Cook in 2022's Dick Whittington and his Cat and Widow Twanky in 2021's Aladdin.

He has also appeared in ITV's 2023 series Nolly alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Coronation Street, and stage productions of To Sir, With LoveAntigone and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Further casting for the panto is still be to be announced.

Kat Collins, head of sales and marketing at Cambridge Arts Theatre, said: "We are delighted to announce this year’s pantomime, especially as we are producing Mother Goose for the first time since 1999!

"The Arts Theatre is a firm fixture in the calendar for so many people and families across Cambridgeshire, and we love being a part of their Christmas and New Year celebrations."

Mother Goose tells the story of Gertie Goose, who lives a simple life in a little Cambridgeshire cottage with her family and best friend Priscilla, who just happens to be a talking goose!

Working as a cook in the kitchens of Eiderdowning College, Mother Goose longs to open her own bakery, but with the lovesick Squire Purchase raising rents and a cost-of-living crisis looming, money is tight and her dreams remain unfulfilled.


Caught between the forces of good and evil, Mother Goose is heading for an eggs-istential crisis of epic proportions. Will beauty, fame and fortune change her?

Director Michael Gattrell previously directed the Arts Theatre's productions of Dick WhittingtonAladdin and Dame Trott's Panto Palaver, while writer Al Lockhart-Morley has been the theatre's resident panto writer since 2014.

In 2022, the Arts Theatre welcomed more than 29,000 people for their production of Dick Whittington.

Mother Goose opens on Thursday, November 30 and runs until Sunday, January 7.

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