Sir Ian McKellen and John Bishop arrive in Liverpool with Mother Goose pantomime

Video report by ITV Granada Reports journalist, Victoria Grimes.

In what can only be described as a marriage made in pantomime heaven, two of the nation's best loved stars are bringing their 'not just for Christmas' show to Liverpool.

Legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen is starring alongside award-winning comedian John Bishop in a new touring production of Mother Goose.

McKellen, who was born in Burnley, will play the lead role alongside the Liverpudlian as Vic Goose in a run at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, from 28 February until 3 March.

Written by Coronation Street’s Jonathan Harvey and directed by Cal McCrystal, the show has received rave reviews.

Sir Ian McKellen takes on the title role in Mother Goose Credit: Mother Goose

Speaking about the show's stint in Liverpool, John joked: "It was part of the contract. It's a fantastic theatre."

Sir Ian said "It's been thrilling to confirm that pantomime is for everyone.

"It's for the kid inside you whatever age you happen to be. We've had children of just four months old seeing this show."

Comic John Bishop plays Vic Goose, Mother Goose's husband Credit: Mother Goose

With 80 shows now done, John said: "It is without doubt the most joyful thing I have done.

"Every single night we end with people up on their feet. People really buy into it.

"It is an excuse to be silly and be joyful and that's what pantomime gives you."

The production was announced in October 2022 with a launch show which saw Sir Ian and Bishop emerging from a giant golden egg in London's Leicester Square.

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