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Oh yes it is!

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 5:41pm

For many people, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the panto, and for a long time, it looked like there would be no panto in Cork at all.

However, it’s back this year despite the global pandemic, although you will have to watch it from your own sofa...oh yes you will!

Yesterday, Cork Opera House announced that ‘Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly’ will run from 22-31 December.

It’s a brand new online show that will take a look back at the Cork Opera House panto using recorded footage from the last five years.

Cork Opera House CEO Eibhlín Gleeson said that the new addition to their festive programme is due to the demand from families across Cork.

“Since announcing our online programme, we have been inundated with requests from our loyal and valued patrons, asking us to present panto in an online form. With this new and re-imagined show, we have answered that call.

“Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the magic of panto and I have no doubt that Nanny will bring some much needed joy to families wherever they may be this festive season,” she added.

Panto Director Trevor Ryan added that the Cork Opera House Panto is an integral part of Christmas in Cork.

“We’re so happy that the Opera House have made it possible for us to present a show filled with panto highlights from the past few years,” he said.

“Nanny Nellie will regale our viewers with the stories behind some of her favourite scenes (and bloopers), while sharing a few new gags along the way.”

As well as co-writing the script with Trevor Ryan, Frank Mackey returns as the absolutely fabulous Nanny Nellie. 

With magical stories, comedy capers and wonderful memories, ‘Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly’ sounds a real panto treat for the whole family. 

Tickets go on sale exclusively via Dice FM on Thursday 19 November at 10am. For further information visit

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