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Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre Tickets

Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre  Tickets
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Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre  Tickets

About Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre

Oh no he isn’t? Oh yes he is! Ian McKellen returns to pantomime for the first time in 17 years – alongside the hilarious John Bishop - in Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Mother Goose in London offers audiences the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Ian McKellen play a pantomime dame. The six-time Olivier Award-winning actor is best known for roles in King Lear, No Man’s Land, and Uncle Vanya. McKellen even toured the country in 2019, visiting 80 theatres as part of his octogenarian celebrations. Now, you can see McKellen rouge his cheeks and lips to play the title role in Mother Goose and spread joy. There’s plenty of comic relief too, thanks to comedian John Bishop as Mother Goose’s husband, Vic.

Like many beloved pantomime characters, the Mother Goose character is rooted in history. Mother Goose was popularised in a collection of Charles Perrault’s 18th century French fairytales, translated to Tales of My Mother Goose. Some even argue that Mother Goose stems from 10th century ancient legends, or even as early as the Bible.

Nowadays, most people are familiar with the early 20th-century adaptation of the Mother Goose story. In 1902, J. Hickory Wood created a pantomime for popular English music hall comedian Dan Leno. In the Victorian version, Mother Goose is tempted with a wealthy life by the devil. Elements of the 1902 pantomime remain in the Mother Goose play, but Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey now adapts Mother Goose with a 2022 twist, so expect side-splitting jokes and tap dancing animals.

What is the story of the Mother Goose pantomime?

Set in an abandoned department store, Mother Goose and her husband Vic run an animal sanctuary. They’re used to looking after stray animals, but suddenly a goose that lays golden eggs flies into their lap. What do you do with a goose that lays golden eggs? As Mother Goose and Vic enjoy a newfound life of fame and fortune, the pair must do all it takes to remain calm and collected.

Start date

December 15th, 2022

End date

January 29th, 2023



Recommended 3+


Audiences Say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Enchanting

30 reviews on Show-Score

Fluffy, Fun, Silly, Funny, Entertaining
86 / 100
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
100 / 100
Andy B 2106
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
100 / 100
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining
96 / 100
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Stars on stage

Mother Goose - Duke of York's Theatre cast and creative team

By: Jonathan Harvey
Director: Cal McCrystal
Cast list: Ian McKellen, John Bishop, Anna-Jane Casey, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Simbi Akande, Sharon Ballard, Karen Mavundukure, Adam Brown, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Genevieve Nicole, Mairi Barclay, Becca Francis, Shailan Gohil and Laura Tyrer
Set: Liz Ascroft
Costume: Liz Ascroft
Choreography: Lizzi Gee
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Sound: Ben Harrison


104 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4BG


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.

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