childrens timberland shoes Guide to the best 2017 pantomimes in Norfolk
Red is off to take cakes and sweets to her ill Granny who lives far, far away in the enchanted woods. On the way she meets a stranger who is very interested in Granny and all may not be quite as it seems. Grandma has big eyes and teeth and she’s hairy. Perfect first panto experience for little ones, babies can be fed and children play along with the action.
Dick Whittington seems to be this year’s most popular pantomime. This production at Bury Theatre Royal is a traditional blend of magic, music, fun and laughter, with Jessica Spalis as Dick, Chris Clarkson as dame Winona Whittington, and Tom Roberts as the villainous Sir Reginald Ratfiend. One of the best loved stories of all time, young Dick sets off from his home in sleepy Suffolk, to make his fame and fortune in rat infested London Town and on to Paradise Island on the good ship Leaking Lizzie. For the past 11 years Ohyesitiz Productions have staged the pantomime at the Edwardian theatre. Once again the script and direction are the work of seasoned actor Desmond Barrit who also plays one of the Ugly Sisters, with Downton Abbey footman actor Thomas Howes as the other. “Tom is 30, I’m 72,” says Des. “What a remarkable mother we must have had!” Cinderella is 21 year old Norwich City College drama graduate Laura Roome. Intrepid Jack heads off on the adventure of a lifetime as he scampers boldly up the beanstalk to do battle with Giant Blunderbore. Does Dame Trott finally get her man? Can Simple Simon work out which end of the cow needs milking? Ian Reddington, best known for his roles as Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street, leads the cast as Flesh Creep. Back for his eighth year, playing Dame Trott, is audience favourite (and show director) Ian Marr, teaming up with Scott Cripps as Simple Simon. Rebecca Lisewski is Jack. Hana Stewart plays Dorothy who with her cheeky dog Toto gets carried away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. They travel to the Emerald City along the way meeting the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them all? Packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, special effects and magic. With the help from her Fairy Godmother, can Cinderella get the chance to pursue her dreams and live happily ever after with her Prince Charming? Will the Ugly Sisters stand in her way? This traditional panto promises a high energy mix of singing, dancing and comedy,
coupled with spectacular scenery and costumes, not to mention a real magical carriage. Helen Farrell is Cinderella, Simon Hollsoi is Prince Charming, Andy Eastwood plays Buttons and Hannah Bird is the Fairy Godmother. Belle is our heroine and above all else she loves roses. One day she journeys through the woods and ends up near the Beast’s castle. She is captured and imprisoned and the rest of the story carries on. They did all live happily ever after. One day the Princess pricks her finger and falls asleep for a hundred years. But will a handsome young prince be able to save the princess? Elizabeth Carter is the beautiful Patience Midges, EastEnders actress Gillian Wright is the evil Aunt Vipera, with Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley and Derek Griffiths as the upstanding Chortwood the Butler. It’s one of the most traditional panto stories and the show will be packed full of laughter, surprises, songs and loads of audience participation. This year the team are back with their unique take on Dick Whittington, a very traditional panto favourite that they give there own spin packed full of slapstick, song and laughter. The cast includes Will Norton as Dick and Georgina Norton as Alice Fitzwarren, with Dave Higgins as King Rat and Emma Holt as Fairy Cowbells. Family fun and mayhem guaranteed. Can the street urchin Aladdin win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine who is carefully guarded by the befuddled Emperor? Can the chosen one learn the power of the lamp from the all powerful Genie? Aladdin’s washerwoman mother Widow Twankey is on hand to make sure that things stay on track in a show that promises a marvellous mix of magic, comedy, puppets, music and adventure from a professional cast. The tale of a poor boy making good thanks to his clever moggie. They promise another fast and furious romp through old London town to mysterious Morocco via exotic Kings Langley (and a shipwreck in shark infested waters) with the glamorous hero and heroine, saucy dame, singing mice, a mad Emperor and King Rat. Plus some cracking songs and lots of laughs. It will be located down Black Swan Loke, transforming the function hall of the Black Swan into a theatre space. Joseph will be starring alongside James Turner as dame Cecilia Spriggins and Jack respectively. Other actors fill the cast, supported by members of North Norfolk Youth Theatre and local group Dance For Fun as the chorus. Joseph has been writing, directing and performing professionally for 17 years and Jack and the Beanstalk will mark his 15th pantomime.
Beccles Public Hall following the success of last year’s pantomime Aladdin with a trip into Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and his merry men. The swashbuckling hero is on a mission to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and win the heart of his fair maiden, Marian. Robin Hood is led by Rebecca Jillings in the title role, Thom Bailey will play Friar Tuck and Daniel Hanton, who has hosted Sunday Night Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, will take on the role of the pantomime dame Nurse Nellie. And not forgetting Christian Manderfield,
who is expecting plenty of boos and hisses in his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham.