Celebrating 25 Years of The Customs House Pantomime

This year, The Customs House panto celebrates its 25th anniversary and to mark the occasion, we have opened a free exhibition looking back at ‘The Little Panto with The Big Heart’.

The exhibition, which runs until 5 January 2020, traces the history of panto at The Customs House over the past 25 years.

Along with fascinating facts about the shows, performers, costumes and sets, you can learn about panto traditions and the various backstage roles, such as lighting, sound and production, which make The Customs House panto so popular.

Visitors can post their favourite joke, which may be selected and read out as part of this year’s panto, Snow White.  There is also a mirror on the wall for you to get selfies, as well as a video of Sign Support Language expert Charlie Raine which shows how the stories on stage are conveyed to people who are deaf and hearing impaired. Charlie signed throughout the pantomime last year as Cutlet the signing sheep where she won Best Pantomime Animal at The Great British Panto Awards. Her video teaches some sign language panto catchphrases and a song.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House said “We are excited to have this opportunity to join with The Word to celebrate 25 years of The Customs House panto. We hope this exhibition will give our loyal fans and people who are new to our panto a chance to understand the background in how our biggest show of the year gets from page to stage.”

We are delighted to be working hand in hand with The Customs House on this fascinating exhibition! Come along and see our FREE exhibition in the ground floor pod up until 5 January 2020.


Helen Wales, Marketing & Communications