It is almost time… almost time for panto (Never mind Christmas). You may be pondering your panto choices:  Jack and the Beanstalk? Or maybe a touch of magical Aladdin? Is there a Snow White show nearby? Or Cinderella. Surrey may not have them all but there are great pantomimes a coming.

The Harlequin, Redhill always produce a good solid, traditional pantomime – light on dazzling pyrotechnics but for slapstick, comedy, storytelling and general ‘pantomimeness’ it cannot be beaten. James and Ola Jordan of Strictly fame are the leading lights of the 2019 season as they head up the cast for Jack and The Beanstalk.  Part of the fun (for me) is guessing how the special talents of the special stars will be incorporated into the show.  I predict the beanstalk will become a special dancing prop (bit like the lampposts used in the pro dances on SCD)  as James and Ola shimmer and glide across the Harlequin Boards. Redhill legends Neil Wheatley and Si Bashford once again return to add the fun, laughteroh and to tell the best jokes. From Saturday 6th. Tickets selling fast so don’t miss out. Details here:

Turn around Whittington, thrice Mayor of London the legend goes. Could lead to all sorts of pantomime humour involving turning around from Crawley. The Hawth’s production of Dick Whittington opens on Friday 6th December, star of the show is Charley Brooks, ex EastEnders and winner of I’m a Celebrity. Dick Whittington is the purrrfect pantomime adventure, with spectacular sets and costumes, amazing special effects and a genuinely funny script. 

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Epsom Playhouse has gone with the magical and enchanting tale of the boy who never grew up. Peter Pan. ‘Fly away with us as we take you on a swashbuckling adventure to the magical panto world of Peter Pan. Meet the Darlings, Hook and his crew of pirates, Tiger Lily and her Tribe, The Lost boys and of course the mischievous Tinkerbell in Neverland – second star to the right, and straight on till morning. From Saturday 14th December.

The Victoria Theatre Woking. This grand stately and majestic theatre has another strictly alumni starring. Brendan Cole (Perhaps there could be a Surrey dance off between the ex-strictly stars). Cole is the enigmatic genie of the lamp in ‘Aladdin’ with 80’s comic Bobby Davro as Wishee Washee. The Victoria always produce the most spectacular pantomime, a visual and auditory treat. The production team make great use of the theatres West End Stage. Woking is an easy drive around the M25 from RH and is well worth it.  The month long run starts on 6th December. Details here.

If you cannot endure the bawdiness of pantomime but crave to see a traditional story on stage during the holiday period then there is really no need to trek up to the West End. The Theatre Workshop, Coulson’s festive production is Wendy and Peter Pan – a retelling of the classic tale from the point of view of Wendy. This play was a smash hit when it premiered in the west end back in 2013. Directions, ticket prices, times and availability are all here.

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