Panto puts smile on face of theatre as well as audiences

Sellout panto shows at Sheringham have provided a bonus to the coffers of the town’s Little Theatre.

Nearly 8,000 people saw 43 shows of the Wizard of Oz over the festive period. Many performances were sold out and there was a waiting list for ticket cancellations.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “The panto has been a tremendous success. Takings were above budget – which is a huge help as panto and summer drama are the most commercially important seasons we have and support our other activities during the year.

“Audience feedback was that it was the best panto yet – with a brilliant script, lots of energy and magical elements such as the projection work, sets and puppets. We are sorry if people could not get tickets, but would encourage them to book early for the next panto,” she added.

The 2018 panto will be Beauty and the Beast running from December 7 to January 1 and using the same creative team as this year, headed by director Nick Earnshaw. Tickets will go on sale in March.

Now the Emerald City has disappeared from the stage, events at the venue in early 2018 range from amateur drama, an opera screening, and jazz, to magic, a romantic Valentine’s cinema supper club and a fun family show.

In March (1-3) there is also a three-day festival weekend of Ealing Comedy films (Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Passport to Pimlico, Man in the White Suit and Whisky Galore).

Other highlights include:

January 19-20 – Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions by Stage Direct

January 21 – Rigoletto screening from the Royal Opera House

January 28 – Jazz from the Red Shadow Quartet

February 6 – Morgan and West Time Travelling Magicians.

February 10 – Bowjangles music inspired by Myths and Legends

February 14 – Love Story movie (Ryan O’Neil and Ali McGraw) with optional pre-booked supper

February 15 – Rhymes for Revolting Children, cheeky songs poems and comedy for the family

February 21-24 – Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit by CSODS

For more information and tickets visit or call the box office on 01263 822347.

Fun from the successful Wizard of Oz panto at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Picture: Matt Coomber

REVIEW: Peter Pan, Sheringham Little Theatre

It’s panto time again at Sheringham Little Theatre and there’s a taste of the traditional with a modern twist as well as great fun for all ages.
This version of Peter Pan has two crocodiles, Tick and Tock, sword fights, Lost Boys and a very feisty fairy with bags of  attitude. It’s the story of the boy who never grew up, well-known by children and grown-ups alike.
The actors in this production have made it very much their own. There are clever and imaginative scenes. Wendy and Peter flying over the roof tops of London, straight on till morning following the star to Neverland, took the audience on the journey with them. Peter Pan (George Caporn) led his band of lost boys and the Darling children, Wendy (Gemma Wilson), John (Zakk Judd-Phillips) and Michae l(Mikey Fotis) into many scrapes, which in true panto spirit, was done with song and laughter.
The villainous Captain Hook (Neil Paris) had a right-hand woman, Ms Smee (James Lavender). In true panto spirit she was the dame to top all dames, very funny with an amazing wardrobe of dresses and hats but best of all had an instant rapport with the audience.
Starky (Rik Warren) the faithful but bumbling pirates mate kept the audience entertained with his merry quips. Tiger Lily, the indian princess (Rachel Feetham), is a star in the making, also no Peter Pan would be complete without a fairy Tinkerbelle (Nicola Barney) the right mixture of magic and mischief. So believe in fairies and open your mind to magic, visit the Sheringham Little Theatre, The performances are on until January 1

Kevin and Sandra Stone