Players are full of beans as date of panto launch nears
THE team behind an annual pantomime are putting the finishing touches to what they hope will be their best show yet.
The inaugural Sutton Players panto was the brainchild of Chris Davenport, with the first production, Dick Whittington, staged in 1999.
Now in its 11th year the Players try to make each annual show better than the last.
This year it is the turn of Jack and the Beanstalk, with the family show taking place at the Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club next week.
Following the traditional storyline, a hard up Dame Trott, played by Robert Barnard, is forced to sell her beloved cow Buttercup in order to pay the seven years’ rent she owes the King (Marshall Barnard).
Her son Jack (Alicia Rodgers) climbs the beanstalk to Cloudland to help beat the Giant and rescue a few of the good people taken captive during the show.
Robert Barnard said: “Ticket sales have been going well.
“This year will be our 11th production and we simply try to make it bigger and better each year.
“Professional costumes and sound and lights all help bring a polish to the show.
“Theatre goers will soon forget that they are sat in the village club.”
The Sutton Players will perform Jack and the Beanstalk at Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club from Monday, January 18 to Saturday, January 23.
Curtain goes up at 7.30pm each evening, with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 23.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children.
Contact 01260 253264 or 07970 106074 for availability.
●● Sutton Players rehearsing for Jack and the Beanstalk