Lanterns, beanstalks and dames - it's Hertfordshire panto season!
PUBLISHED: 12:07 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013
Oh yes it is....that time again! Theatres across the county are gearing up for a busy pantomime season. Kate Everett takes a look at the Hertfordshire offerings
ALADDIN IN WATFORD
Aladdin brings Watfords festive season to life promising dazzling sets and costumes, talented actors and live music. Rough diamond Aladdin is the hero of this tale of intrigue and romance. With the help of Widow Twankey, Wishy Washy and a magic carpet, will he be able to escape the clutches of Abanazar and marry the beautiful Jasmine?
Aladdin, Watford Palace Theatre, November 25 to January 1,
STARS AT THE ARENA
The Alban Arena has secured another line-up of famous names for this years adaptation of Peter Pan with Larry Lamb (Eastenders, Gavin and Stacey) as Captain Hook, and CBeebies Katy Ashworth as Peter Pan. The theatre has teamed up with top producers Evolution to create a dazzling show.
Peter Pan, Alban Arena, December
10 to January 2, 01727 844488
JOIN IN AND SING IN TRING
Now in its 37th successful year, Court Theatres 2010 pantomime features all your favourite characters and the audience will be called on to cheer Aladdin as he battles the evil magician Abanazar. Will Widow Twankey get her man, what will Aladdins wishes be and what are Constables Toot and Ting up to?
See Aladdin, Court Theatre,
Pendley, December 31 to January 9, 01442 823130
DISNEY COMES TO EAST HERTS
After winning the 2007, 2008 and 2009 local NODA best pantomime awards, Broxbourne Theatre Company has been selected by Disneys UK agent to present the first East Herts stage production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast. The show will use the official Disney script, complete with characters and songs
from the film.
Beauty and the Beast, Broxbourne Civic Theatre, January 7 to15,
CINDERELLA IN HITCHIN
Hitchins Christmas production will be a magical and funny version of the classic childrens tale Cinderella, with its strong moral theme of friendship and triumph in adversity, and the willingness of those who have done wrong to others to repent in the end. Children are strongly involved in the storyline and will be kept
Cinderella, Market Theatre,
Hitchin, December 4 to January 8, 01462 433553
NEW PANTO TEAM AT THE RHODES
A new production team has taken over the panto reins at The Rhodes and they promise to deliver everything you expect from your annual festive treat. A fun-filled feast of family entertainment as hero Jack sells his cow, climbs the beanstalk, battles the evil giant and saves the day. Featuring pantomime favourite Phil Dale as the evil Squire.
Jack and the Beanstalk, The Rhodes, Bishops Stortford, December 10 to January 1, 01279 651746
Upstage Productions returns to the Radlett Centre with Jack and the Beanstalk, featuring dazzling costumes and scenery, live music, lots of laughs and a host of colourful characters. Expect magic beans, a giant, a brave hero, a beautiful princess and lots of audience participation as you join in the fun, songs and laughter of this popular fairytale.
Jack and the Beanstalk, The Radlett Centre, December 11 to January 2, 01923 857546
The Barn Theatre moves away from traditional pantomime with its adaptation of The Snow Queen. Alongside the Snow Queen, meet the talking Reindeer, the Robber Girl, a Prince and Princess and talking Crows, in this magical fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Snow Queen, Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, December 18 to January 1, 01707 357117
Grab your shovel and pick and beware of poisoned apples as the Gordon Craig Theatre joins forces with Jordan Productions to bring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Stevenage. Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses) as the Wicked Queen, is joined by a cast that includes Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do) and West End star Katie Rowley-Jones.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gordon Craig Theatre, November 27 to January 23, 01438 363200
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE BALL
In the county town of Hertford Cinderellas father has remarried and she now has two wicked step-sisters who will soon turn her into their slave. Add to the story a charming Prince, a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin carriage, the stroke of midnight, a glass slipper and the rest is pantomime history.
Cinderella, Hertford Theatre, December 10 to January 2,
THE BEST OF THE REST
10th-19th December Cinderella, Boxmoor Playhouse, Hemel Hempstead. 01442 234004
16th-28th December Company of Ten: A Christmas Carol, Abbey Theatre, St Albans. 01727 857861
11th December until 2nd January Sleeping Beauty, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. 01707 645005
17th-19th December The Bancroft Players: Santa in Space, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. 01462 455166
16th-19th December Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Eric Morecambe Theatre, Harpenden. 01582 767525
21st-26th December Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates, Lanternfish puppet theatre, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans. 01727 844222
7th-31st December Jack and the Beanstalk, Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth. 01923 711063
22nd-28th December, A Christmas Carol, Memorial Hall, Chorleywood. 01442 269489
9th-11th December Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society: The Babes in the Wood, Knebworth Village Hall. katsdrama.info
10th December to January 2 Aladdin, Grove Theatre, Dunstable. 01582 602080