Surrey theatres know a thing or two about great family entertainment – oh yes they do – here’s a round up of what pantos are showing over the festive period
9 – 31 December
Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN
Prices from £15
To celebrate its 30 year anniversary, the Harlequin Theatre is revisiting its first ever pantomime. Pop legend Chesney Hawkes proves he really is the one and only – the one and only Prince Charming that is, when he takes the lead role in this stunning performance of Cinderella. Redhill favourites Abigail Welford, Neil Wheatley and Simon Bashford are returning as Cinderella, Buttons and the Fairy Godmother respectively, for this classic rags to riches story. Expect horrible step sisters, pumpkin coaches and true love on this rip-roaring ride to romance.
YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE
9 December – 8 January
Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX
Prices from £20
Have your raincoats at the ready for this glittering performance of Aladdin, as Jamie Brook – in his alter-ego of Wishee Washee – will be armed with water pistols and custard pies. He’ll be joined by ultimate panto villain Kit Hesketh-Harvey as Abanazar, while fresh from her engaging performance in the West End production of War Horse, Emma Thornett will be taking on the role of Aladdin. Eagle Radio’s breakfast show host Peter Gordon will be donning an array of fabulous frocks as Widow Twankey in this story which promises to bring wishes to life.
16 December – 8 January
Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL
Prices from £16
Promising to take you to a whole new world, the enchanting tale of Aladdin is brought to life at the Epsom Playhouse.
All that’s needed to transport you to the exotic tale of Aladdin is one rub of his lamp. Expect magic and mystery to prevail in this family fun-packed show. This Genie-ous performance tells the most magical story of all – about a boy who finds a magic lamp which houses a genie, expect fun and frolics to ensue.
13 – 21 January
Bridge Road, Haslemere,
Surrey GU27 2AS
Prices from £8.50
The swashbuckling spectacle of Peter Pan sails into town and the whole family can join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they bravely take on the dastardly Captain Hook and his band of menacing pirates. Will Peter ever grow up? Will Wendy have to stay in Neverland… all will be revealed at Haslemere Hall this New Year. There will be songs, adventure and of course a generous sprinkling of fairy dust courtesy
17 – 28 December
Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG
Prices from £14.50
With fantastic sets, jokes, catchy tunes and plenty of audience participation, this family friendly performance of Dick Whittington is sure to delight all ages. Melissa Suffield – most well known for her part as Lucy Beale in EastEnders – will be appearing as Alice Fitzwarren, while CITV’s Hi-5 Presenter Chris Edgerley is set to star as Dick Whittington. There is, of course, the obligatory panto dame – expertly played with humour by Richard Aucott. Our hero Dick will be joined by his trusty cat on his journey to London to seek fame and fortune.
2 December – 8 January
The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Prices from £17
The timeless story of Sleeping Beauty will be played out at Richmond Theatre, with none other than Maureen Lipman in the role of the Wicked Fairy. With an Olivier award, two Royal Variety awards and a CBE you can be sure this year’s panto is in safe hands with Maureen at the helm. Joining her for his third year in a row at the theatre is CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis, who will be playing Chester the Jester after overwhelming popular demand. There will be plenty of big song and dance numbers to keep the audience on their feet, gorgeous fairytale costumes and of course a happily ever after.