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In a kingdom not too far away, a beautiful baby is born – the Princess Aurora. Due to an administrative error, the evil fairy Distaff is not invited to the christening. In revenge, she casts a magic spell: “On her 18th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an endless sleep”. How can she be stopped?
Expect plenty of laughs, outrageous costumes, stunning staging and hilarious entertainment for all the family when you join our hero Dick Whittington (and his faithful feline pal) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Mayor of London and overcome the evil King Rat. The perfect Christmas treat for young and old alike, this panto is paved with gold! Book early to avoid disappointment!
Fri Dec 27th: 12 noon & 4pm Sat Dec 28th: 12 noon & 4pm Sun Dec 29th: 12 noon & 4pm Mon Dec 30th: 4pm* & 7.30pm – *4pm show is Sensory Friendly Tue Dec 31st: *** No Show *** Wed Jan 1st: 4pm Thur Jan 2nd: 7:30pm Fri Jan 3rd: 7:30pm Sat Jan 4th: 12 noon & 4pm Sun Jan 5th: 12 noon & 4pm
A BEAST OF A PANTO FABULOUS, FUNNY, FESTIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY THIS CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART OF LIMERICK CITY This season's offering is a Wintery Tale as Old as Time on how; True Love can break any Curse. Everyone knows the story and love it; Add a Dame, Classic lines “Behind You“, Elaborate Costuming and a Soaring Score; You’ve a recipe for success.
Saturday 4th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of January (Evening shows at 7:30pm and Matinee's at 2:30pm)
The wicked fairy Gothel’s magic powers have somehow got tangled and fused into baby princess Rapunzel’s hair. Gothel must keep the baby hidden away in a secret tower until the hair has grown strong and long enough to get her magic powers back to full intensity.... Eighteen years later the lonely Rapunzel longs for a life outside her tower. Can the lowly village hairdresser Dame Delilah, and her son, with the help of a palace guard and his trusty horse find Rapunzel and rescue her before the fateful day when her beautiful magical hair, along with her life, is cut short? With villains and chancers, jesters and dancers, songs and laughter, NECP bring you our 2020 pantomime RAPUNZEL
Venue: The Old Court Theatre, Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6JT
Box Office: Tickets are £12 Concessions £10.00 (except Friday and Saturday.) Available from the Chelmsford Civic Theatre box office, by calling 01245 606505 or via the Chelmsford Theatres website. Tickets are also available on the door from 45 minutes prior to the performance. (Cash only.)
Tuesday 6th – Saturday 11th January 2020 (Including Saturday matinee)
Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. Performed by the students of Chelmsford Drama Centre. Heads or Tails? Flip a coin and find out! Our Heads cast are performing Tues 7th, Thurs 9th and Saturday 11th Jan in the afternoon and our Tails cast are performing Weds 8th, Fri 10th and 11th Jan in the evening. Two very different shows and each worth seeing. Try and see both if you can!
We are very excited that our first show in 2020 is the wonderful Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. With the same creative team that brought you the hugely successful and acclaimed 2018 production of ‘Company’ – Cat Nicol directing and Ana Sanderson as MD. Plus David Mallabone as choreographer. Sondheim’s mastery of emotional observation is again to the fore in this tale of three friends and how their relationship evolves. Or, one should say, un-evolves – as the time-line is reversed . We start in 1976 and the scenes move back in tim to end in 1957, in an attempt to answer the question – how did we get to there from here? The messy, complex lives of songwriter-turned-Hollywood-producer Frank, lyricist Charley and theatre critic Mary are revealed though some incredible music and lyrics of poignancy, sharpness, truth, and warm intelligence. Everything you’d expect from Sondheim & Furth’s ever-so-slightly autobiographical gem.
The Children is a new, thought-provoking play set in the near future. Robin and Hazel are retired nuclear engineers living near the plant where they used to work. The plant has suffered a meltdown. Then their ex-colleague Rose turns up from America unexpectedly. Secrets of their collective pasts come out and they discuss what might have been. Rose then reveals the real, frightening, reason behind her visit. The Children not only paints a picture of a world where a human-made environmental catastrophe could all too easily happen, it also explores the personal responsibilities people feel when things go wrong – and what they decide to do to make amends. The Children was recently nominated as one of the top three “Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century” by The Guardian newspaper. (This play contains strong language and deals with adult themes)
From TV’s Dead of Night series – It’s never absolutley dark, is it? There’s no such thing as absolute darkness ..? Dan and Margaret have come to spend Christmas with Rachel and Edmund in their renovated seventeenth century cottage in beautiful countryside. As Rachel plays the piano, she suddenly gets a sinister feeling of déjà vu … shortly afterwards the electricity fails and the phone is out of order … it is the start of a series of macabre events which mount relentlessly to a bizarre and terrifying climax. This classic ghost story set in 1972, when exorcism had more general meanings, is about a centuries old injustice, exorcised by long silent spirits and the four unfortunate people who are .. drawn .. unwillingly .. in .. Don Taylor’s play is perhaps best known for being the first in the Dead of Night TV series, broadcast on BBC in November of 1972; Mr Taylor directed the TV adaptation.
A deeply moving family drama from Laura Wade, mingles raw emotion with moments of sharply observed black humour. Myra is dying but determined to take control. She plans her own funeral: visiting possible burial sites, researching cardboard coffins and forcing her grieving family to view presentations about her ideas. Her daughters and husband are torn between grief and bemusement. Myra’s pragmatic approach forces them to recognise the need for communication both with their mother and with each other.
Thursday 9th January until Sunday 12th January 2020 7:00pm Sat & Sun Mat 2:30pm
This festive season, Theatrecraft will be casting a magic spell over Herne Bay with it's production of the spectacular family pantomime Sleeping Beauty by Paul Tate. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most traditional and popular pantomimes of all time. It tells the story of the ill-fated Princess who cursed by the wicked fairy pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls asleep for a hundred years only to be woken by the kiss of her one true love. With an astonishing talking dragon, show stopping songs and routines, larger than life characters, colourful costumes, lots of audience participation, and laughs a plenty, this year's pantomime is guaranteed to enchant both young and old alike. So come and be transported to a magical kingdom where dreams really do come true!
A Russian princess, missing for ten years, suddenly turns up at the circus with no idea who she is. Searching for this young lady are both her grandmother, Empress Maria, and the evil Rasputin, but who will find her first? Helped along the way by a hero from her past, and of course three bears, the princess seeks to find out who she really is.
Venue: Wickham Bishops' Village Hall, Essex CM8 3JZ
Box Office: Tickets available from Wickham Bishops' Village Hall (CM8 3JZ) between 10am and 11am on Saturday 7th December, 2019 or 01621 891471. Prices (Depending upon the seating row chosen) Thursday: £7.50, £8.00, £8.50 per person Friday and Saturday: £8.50, £9.00, £9.50 per person
Thurs 9th - Sat 11th Jan 2020 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
Venue: Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, CO2 7AT Colchester
Box Office: 01206 366000
15 Jan 2020 – 18 Jan 2020 7:45pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
For its first production of 2020, Colchester Theatre Group takes two contrasting one act plays and puts them in the hands of two relatively new directors to the Colchester theatre scene – with the excellent acting talents of energetic and youthful casts combined with CTG’s long pedigree of high quality production, these exciting comic plays will make for a perfect evening out to brighten up a dark January evening!
Numbers by Kieron Barry: A brutal and hilarious comedy, billed as Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies and declared one of the greatest plays of all time for women in Lucy Kerbel’s volume “100 Great Plays For Women”. A vicious battle of wills breaks out between four sixth formers at an all-girls boarding school the hour before a new Head Girl is announced. As the girls vie for the coveted position, old friendships and loyalties give way to ambition and betrayal. ‘Clever, fast-paced, witty and caustic ... well-crafted and wonderfully funny’ (Time Out)
Our Little Secret by Rollin Jewett: A comic drama and award winner in the 2016 Helen Jean Playwriting Contest. A lonely young lady is enjoying a peaceful night in her condo in Miami when she is surprised by an armed intruder breaking into her home on the run from the police. As pressure builds she finds out that the outlaw is not what he seems and as their relationship builds she must make a decision whether to help him ... or turn him in. ‘This play will delightfully surprise any audience by pleasantly tricking them into accepting an incredible, but ultimately entertaining premise’
Box Office: Tickets on sale 1st December 2019 from DanceEast
16th - 18th January 2020 7:30pm Sat Mat 2:30pm
A dream of a pantomime, become a part of the magic and fun this winter with Magpie Performers! Sponsored by GoCruise & Travel With Kevin & Hayley Aurora is the beautiful heir to the throne of Woollycombe, but when her birthday arrives, an evil fairy appears to follow through with a curse set upon her eighteen years before. With singing, dancing, zombies and even a partying rat, The Sleeping Beauty is a panto for the entire family!
Venue: Horning Village Hall, Horning, Norfolk NR12 8LF
Long John Silver may be a dastardly villain, but he’s reckoned without the ladies of the Smugglers Cove Women’s Institute. This is a madcap laugh a minute pirate adventure from start to finish. This year the Society will be supporting three local causes – Versus Arthritis, Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind and the Horning Church Organ Appeal.
Thursday 16th January, Friday 17th January and Saturday 18th January (all evening shows at 7.30pm) and Sunday 19th January (matinee at 2.30pm). Doors open 30 minutes before ‘curtain up’. Ice creams will be available to purchase during the interval.
Box Office: Tickets are priced £6 Adults and £4 Children (16 and under). Seats may be booked by calling Christine on 01692 630751 or in person at Abbotts Estate Agents in Hoveton Precinct and Tidings, Lower Street, Horning.
16 -17 Jan 2020 7:30pm Sat 18 Jan 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm Sun 19 Jan 12:00am, 3:30pm
An hilarious, brand-new version of the beloved legend, from Argosy Players. Join Robin Hood and his band of merry outlaws as they battle against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Complete with songs, dances and thrilling adventure, Robin Hood: The Panto features characters you already know and love and introduces some new favourites
Fri 17th January 2020 - Sat 25th January 2020 times vary
Heigh Ho, It’s Panto Time! From the creative team behind last year’s smash-hit pantomime adventure comes Snow White and we just know you’re going to love it to the core! A magical show for all the family, Ashford’s 10th annual pantomime Snow White promises to bring more magic, more laughs and more fun than ever before and you’re invited to join in the fun! Book now to join the beautiful Snow White alongside the fun-tastic Dame Dolly and a hilarious local cast in this fun-packed family pantomime based on one of the most cherished fairytales of all time! It truly is the FAIREST panto of them all! Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to Ashford panto we go!
Venue: St George’s Hall, Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6XQ
Box Office: 07960 676180 Tickets: £8 & £6
17/18 & 24/25 January 2020 Evening performances at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Doors open at 7pm & 2pm
Cheer the Goodies! Boo the Baddies! What do you get if you take a plucky young lady with a spirit of adventure, the wackiest tag-along mother, the maddest of hatters, and a petulant baddie that you love to hate? A fantastic traditional pantomime that’s crammed full of fun! Complete with live music, audience participation, tasty refreshments, and a chance to meet and greet the characters, we’re offering a friendly family evening to remember.
The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World – but she simply didn't realise it. In 1940s New York, she was the performer who everyone wanted to see live even though her pitch was far from perfect! Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who fell about with laughter. But this joyously happy woman was determined to show her passionate love for classical music - whatever the cost. This is a delightful, blissfully funny play; surprisingly touching - yet comically sublime. A glittering comedy with a big heart. One not to be missed!
Venue: Chapel Playhouse, Eccles Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak
Box Office: Tickets £9/£7 concessions, available from Halls Mica Hardware in Chapel, or on the door.
Evening performances 7.30pm 17th, 18th and 24th, 25th January. Matinees 2pm - 18th, 19th and 25th January
This year, the group takes you back to magical and mysterious times. “Puss in Boots”, written by Graham Barraclough, is a vim and vigour version of Charles Perrault's famous fairy story. When young Jasper (Charlotte Jodrell), a poor miller’s son, finds he has only one possession, an enchanted, clever, chatty cat, his future seems uncertain. But his feline friend isn’t one for pussyfooting around. This slyboots comes up with a plan to make his master a man of means. However, the best laid plans of cats and men often go awry, especially when the main obstacle is a witch (Helen Bates) with a terrifying band of trolls and an ogre (Dan Mason) for a brother! Will Jasper win the day, and the hand of the Princess Pamilla (Serena Gilberthorpe), for a purr-fect ending with the help of Puss (Josephine Kelly) and Fairy Girdle (Helena Jodrell)? Thereby hangs a tail!
22 to 25 Jan 2020 - with a family matinee on Saturday afternoon
Marking the 50th anniversary of the much-loved film version, SUP returns with this acclaimed production of E. Nesbit’s classic story of an Edwardian family forced to relocate to rural Yorkshire. With unforgettable characters including the central trio of children – Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis – this Olivier Award-winning adaptation enjoyed a record-breaking run at London’s Waterloo Station. 'Adults and children alike are enthralled by the clever mix of imagination and reality' – Financial Times 'Glorious adaptation… it never for a moment runs out of steam' – Guardian
Wednesday 22nd January - Saturday 25th January 2020 7:45pm (including a Saturday matinée 2:30pm)
Following the traditions of the finest ghost stories, Darker Shores is a gripping and shadowy tale of suspense: playfully intelligent, emotionally resonant and genuinely chilling. Directed by Amy Feeley, we will be using both modern and historical special effects to give out audience a night of fright they will never forget. Professor Gabriel Stokes is haunted by his experiences at The Sea House. Hoping to discover the dark truth that dwells there, he enlists the help of American psychic Dr Tom Beauregard. A tale of terror that is perfect for a winter’s night! Suitable for age 14+.
A handsome yet vain and cruel Prince lived in a magnificent Palace until a terrible curse from a wicked Enchantress transformed him into a monstrous beast. Meanwhile, beautiful Belle lives in her provincial French village with her hapless Father. She dreams of living the adventures she reads about in her books. The Prince loses all hope of breaking the curse as who could ever learn to love a beast? Featuring a hilarious, cheeky, pun-filled script, a colourful cast of characters and magnificent musical numbers, this pantomime is sure to please families and adults a-like.
Wed 22 - Sat 25 January 2020 7:30pm Sat & Thu Mat 2:30pm
Fill your heart with a story of bravery and love as Cambridge Operatic Society revive the beloved musical The Sound of Music in a sparkling new production.RAustria, 1938. Join the free-spirited, life-loving Maria as she leaves Salzburg’s nunnery Nonnberg Abbey to tutor the seven von Trapp children. Teaching them how to sing becomes the catalyst for a new way of life for the children and for their strict father, the widowed Captain von Trapp, to understand what is truly important in life. Mark Turnbull, director of CaOS’ previous production of My Fair Lady, returns to lead a multi-talented local cast in what is arguably the world’s favourite musical. The creative team also includes Musical Director Lucas Elkin and choreographer Kathie Pugh. With characters as joyful and fresh as mountain air, and featuring much loved songs such as Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, you’ll never forget The Sound of Music!
Box Office: Tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s, why pay a fortune when you have so much fun on your doorstep? Go to castleplayers.com or call 01202 912351
24th, 25th and 31st of January and 1st February 2020, including 2 matinees.
A brand new, original show, inspired by the story of Macbeth and written and directed by Linsey O'Neill, where the Bard meets the X-Factor. Duncan Blue is the King of Karaoke. But when Dave Macbeth bumps into some mysterious creatures who foretell his future, he and his wife Laydee will stop at nothing to win the Crown. Can young Marty Macduff and his mother stop them? Who will win Lytchett’s Got The Strictly Voice Pop Star on Love Island Factor? Why is Spot the Dog there? Will Will be spinning in his grave?
Sat 25th Jan 2020 to Fri 31st Jan 2020 7:45pm Sun 26th Jan 4:00pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and eight Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenwriter. Illustration courtesy of Robert Van Nutt An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
29 Jan 2020 – 31st Jan 2020 7:30pm 1 Feb 2020 at 11:00am & 4:00pm
From the writers of Downton Abbey and Mary Poppins SOS presents Wind in the Willows! So come and join Ratty, Badger, Mole and Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures driven by Toad's unquenchable need for speed. But hold on tight – it’s going to be quite a ride!
'Fickle thing, memory', Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his friend Clive to a singles’ evening. Clive, a hospital porter masquerading as a doctor, has just been left by his wife, while Malcolm is a confirmed bachelor and 'big in imports' - really a market stall trader. In the deserted hotel bar, to the depressing soundtrack of the next-door ballroom, they meet two recent divorcees; upwardly-mobile Julie and cynical, defiant Liz. Malcolm soon finds that life, like the evening, is full of surprises.
Love musicals? Love Snoopy, Linus, Schroeder and the peanuts gang? Come and see You're a good man Charlie Brown! A fab musical performed by HN2 Musical Theatre students studying at Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) Directed by D. Saunderson, Choreographed by J. Turbitt
Thursday 30th January to Saturday 1st February 2020, evenings plus matinee on Saturday
Nellie runs away from the circus and heads for the jungle, via the road to Mandalay. She is accompanied by some hilarious characters who try to help (or hinder) her on her journey. Nellie encounters some tricky situations along the way. What will happen to Nellie? Will she survive? With well known songs, awful jokes and, of course, audience participation, this is a pantomime suitable for all ages.
A group of three couples, old friends and all married on the same day in the same chapel, gather at the Helliwells’ home to celebrate their silver anniversary. When they discover that may not be legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbours think? – and all three couples find themselves re-evaluating their marriages; hovering closely over the proceedings is the Yorkshire Argus' alcohol-soaked photographer, keen to record the evening's events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper who is hoping to use the couples' mortification to her own advantage.
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My name is Ariel Dempsey and I am a masters student at the University of Oxford. I am also an aerialist performer and am looking for opportunities to perform while I am here. If you could ever make use of an aerialist in a show/project near Oxford, please don't hesitate to reach out.
I can do aerial acts on silks, lyra, pole, rope, straps, spainish web etc, and ground acts such as hooping and acroyoga.
Here is a video of a recent performance on silks: youtube.com