bold theatre presents: the foreigners' panto

By Shani Erez

LOVE PANTOS? With original songs & music, comedy routine and your classic/mandatory audience participation, this show is just for you!

HATE THEM? That’s great, because THE FOREIGNERS’ PANTO is not a panto. Alongside the joy and silliness, the play offers sharp insights and questions into Britishness and immigrant experience in this country.

HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE? Wonderful! Because neither does the company. In fact, they can’t even get the dates right..

THE FOREIGNERS’ PANTO is a political musical comedy about a group of immigrants trying to put on their own version of a traditional British pantomime; both a heartwarming madcap comedy-of-errors and a sharp satire on lives of immigrants in the UK – told through their eyes.



Aliya Roberts – Zara
Amanda Vilanova – Visa
Fabrizio Matteini – Dame Foreign
Gabriel Paul – John Constable
Suzy Kohane – Benedict Bumbercatch
Vikash Bhai – Lord Villain
Leo Elso – Musical Director & understudy

"Delightfully entertaining"

Annette Waldie – Stage Manager
Tomer Run – Composer
Shani Erez – Writer
Marianne Badrichani – Co-Director & Producer
Sarah Goddard – Co-Director & Producer
Shani Erez – Co-Director & Co-Composer & Producer
Tara Young – Movement Director
Sammy Dowson – Set & Costume Design

Fiona McKeon – Assistant Designer
Leo Steele – Lighting Design
Steve Harper – Dramaturgy


“This musical meta comedy allegorising Britain’s hostility to immigrants arrives ahead of panto season but with perfect timing” The Guardian

“Delightfully entertaining” Southwark News

“It’s a quirky little show with an honest message – impressive in its bravery….There is no denying the prowess of this small and impressively international company – with some exquisite work on display and bravado moments that are genuinely funny.” What’s On Stage

“Both sharply satirical and hugely warm-hearted, I tumble hard for the charms of The Foreigners’ Panto at BOLD Theatre” Ought To Be Clowns
“Rest assured though, nothing is lost in translation here, The Foreigners’ Pantomime is a hit.” Ought To Be Clowns

“Shani Erez’s script shines through with its humour, wit, and clever political commentary..” London Theatre Review

“Packed with ridiculous humour and an unexpected punch, this production is a dream come true.” The Reviews Hub

“The Foreigners’ Panto really is a fabulous evening at the theatre with an important and timely message” London Theatre Review

“A delightfully absurd take on social matters, the piece is an ongoing explosion of good energy and ultimately, great joy” First Night Magazine

“A genuine triumph”

“Firstly, this production must be praised for its ability to, exactly as it claims, cater for both panto lovers and haters alike.” London Theatre Review

“Be prepared to split your gut in a blasting evening of fun” First Night Magazine

“a hugely powerful commentary on how wonderful is to live in BritaiM (their joke on who we are) but how horrendous and arbitrary the immigration laws are.” Sardines

“This is a production I shall remember for a long time” Sardines

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