Hundreds of leaves are pouring into The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond as local knitters are responding to a request to make leaves for the Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.
The leaves will be used to decorate a giant beanstalk that will ‘grow’ through the Theatre’s reception areas during the pantomime period, which runs from Saturday 5 December until Sunday 3 January.
Over 750 leaves have been knitted or crocheted so far – in all shapes, sizes and colours – and many were made at a popular ‘knit and knatter’ event held at the Theatre earlier this month. The Theatre is still keen to receive donations of leaves, with the final cut-off date for contributions on 23 November.
A trophy has been donated by Richmond’s C J Lightfoot jewellers for the ‘Most Prolific Leaf Knitter of 2015’.
“We have been delighted by the response from the public and it is wonderful for the whole community to be involved in the pantomime. It’s a bit of a tradition at the Theatre to have a festive knitting project and in previous years we have had 1,000 knitted bananas and 3,000 wool snowball pompoms. It would be fantastic to break those records!” said Clare Allen, the Theatre’s Chief Executive.
A leaf pattern is available to download on the Theatre’s website www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk by following the pantomime link or a printed copy can be picked up from the Box Office. Alternatively, people are encouraged to make up their own designs - the more creative, the better.
Finished leaves can be handed in at the Box Office or posted to The Georgian Theatre Royal on Victoria Road, Richmond, DL10 4DW.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal from Saturday 5 December until Sunday 3 January 2016. Tickets from £7 to £21 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
PHOTO: Knitting leaves for pantomime: People of all ages and knitting abilities turned up for a ‘knit and natter event’ at The Georgian Theatre Royal.