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The World's Biggest Panto Comes To P&J Live

Posted:
29 September 2021

After amazing previous productions of Elf, Cinderella and Peter Pan, WIZARD OF OZ is the brand-new spectacular Christmas show set to lift the art of arena panto right over the rainbow to Aberdeen’s P&J Live on Friday, 17thDecember 2021.

It will be performed on the world’s biggest panto stage, (the equivalent of four London Palladiums), plus two mobile stages that travel around the arena as the yellow brick road unfolds in front of a 6,000 seat audience. Producer Jon Conway points out this is only half the normal arena capacity and with its vast foyers and high arena auditorium, he is confident it will be one of the safest covid aware performance spaces this Xmas.

‘Country File’ and ‘One Show’ star Matt Baker plays the Wizard. Matt says: “This Christmas I'm swapping the green fields of Our Farm in the Dales for the Emerald City! I'll be an acrobatic, laser wielding wizard and I might even bring the Children in Need Rickshaw along for the ride. It's a show packed with spectacular entertainment and fun with a brilliant script and cast to boot. I can't wait for my festive tour on the yellow brick road!“

Jenny Ryan is best known as ‘The Vixen’ on ITV’s hit show ‘The Chase’ but is also known for her fabulous voice on ‘Celebrity X Factor’. Jenny says: “The spectacular size of the show is breathtaking. There are giant video screens with animated computer graphic backgrounds and an ice-covered Emerald city skating scene that is magical. With a ten-metre tall roof there is plenty of flying, with cirque stars as the crows and the witch actually flies on a broomstick around the arena. What’s also fun is that I am known as one of telly’s top TV quizzers, yet I have to contend with a man with no brains at all.”

This refers to the Scarecrow played by the new comedy star Jordan Conway. Astonishingly, given the pandemic, Jordan has worked non-stop every week since May, headlining his own show at Butlins, Blackpool’s Viva cabaret and theatre tours. Jordan is the only cast member to have appeared in all four World’s Biggest Panto arena shows.

Jordan says: “I can’t wait to get started, nothing beats the sound of thousands of family members all laughing together.”

Charlie Quirke who is known for his role as Travis in the hugely popular TV Sit-Com Birds of a Feather will play the role of the Tin Man bringing an eccentric mechanical twist to the role. Charlie says: I'm excited to be performing again in another spectacular WBP production and touring to these great venues creating this wonderful character.

Louise Stewart, Head of Entertainment, Exhibitions & Marketing at P&J Live says: ”Everybody loves a panto at Christmas time and, with most of us having missed our regular Christmas visit to the theatre in 2020, we wanted to bring an extra special panto extravaganza to Aberdeen this year. With some fantastic famous faces and incredible sets, we can’t wait for the people of the North East to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Oz.”

Wizard Of Oz The Arena Spectacular will visit 8 city arenas across the UK, Cardiff Sat 4 December, Sheffield Friday 10 December, Liverpool Sunday 12 December, Aberdeen, 17 December, Leeds, Monday 20 December, Birmingham Tue 21-Friday 24 December, Glasgow Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December, Wembley Thursday 30 December, and Nottingham Sunday 2 January.

P&J Live’s venue pre-sale starts at 9am on Thursday, September 30th 2021 and tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, October 1st 2021 at www.pandjlive.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there parking available at P&J Live?

Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.

There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live

On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks.

APCOA Connect App: Up to 1 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Overground Car Park.

Is there parking charges?

Up to 3 hours - £3.50

Up to 8 hours - £10.00

Please find full details on our parking tariff here. Please pay on exit by entering your car registration

How can I pay for parking?

On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks.

APCOA Connect App: Up to 1 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Overground Car Park.

Can I drop off and pick up someone without paying parking fees?

If you are dropping off or picking someone up from an event, please note the maximum wait time in our car parks is 30 minutes. Parking charges will apply if your car is within the car park for more than 30 minutes. This also applies if you cannot find a space, you will not be charged if you exit the car park within 30 minutes.

How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?

Tickets are available from our ticketing agent Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 08444 77 9000.

P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.

What time is the Box Office open?

Our box office at P&J Live will be open on concert days only. This will be open from 17:30 on the date of the show only and closes once the main act comes on stage.

If you have any ticketing or box office queries contact [email protected]

Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?

There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.

Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.

How do I get to P&J Live from outside Aberdeen?

Getting into Aberdeen has never been easier with the completion of the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

P&J Live is located close to Aberdeen airport, six miles northwest of the city centre you can reach the venue using a range of transport options.

For more details see our Visiting page.

Are there cash machines available at P&J Live?

There will be no cash machines on site, however contactless payments are welcome.

Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?

At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. Please note we do have some cash only queues, please ensure you are in the correct queue. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.

There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.

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