Panto serves up su­gary treats and wicked witch

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - WHAT’S ON - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

DE­TAILS of this year’s fes­tive pan­tomime at Derby The­atre have been an­nounced.

Re­hearsals are un­der way for the fam­ily-friendly pro­duc­tion of Hansel & Gre­tel, which is de­scribed as a mag­i­cal show with lash­ings of live mu­sic per­formed by a band of ac­tor­mu­si­cians.

The show will run from Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 un­til Satur­day, Jan­uary 5 and tick­ets are on sale now.

Play­ing the ti­tle char­ac­ters will be Craig An­der­son (as Hansel) and Yana Pen­rose (as Gre­tel).

New to Derby au­di­ences, Craig’s pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude Mac­beth at Cen­tre­point The­atre; Cin­derella at Ha­zlitt The­atre and pro­duc­tions of Jack and the Beanstalk at Gate­house The­atre, Stafford and The­atre Cl­wyd.

Yana’s cred­its in­clude Phoenix and Tur­tle at the Lit­tle An­gel The­atre and A Christ­mas Carol and Jack for Derby The­atre.

Join­ing them will be a host of fa­mil­iar faces in­clud­ing Chris Price, play­ing the iconic role of the witch. Chris has ap­peared in a number of pro­duc­tions at the The­atre be­fore in­clud­ing The Odyssey, A Christ­mas Carol and Cin­derella, and his other re­cent cred­its in­clude Jim Cartwright’s TWO at Gala The­atre and Scrooge at Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre.

Chris also played The Rid­dler in the in­ter­na­tional tour of Bat­man Live.

Also fa­mil­iar to Derby au­di­ences will be Esme Sears (Peter Pan, Cin­derella and A Christ­mas Carol); Jack Quar­ton (Peter Pan, Great Ex­pec­ta­tions and Alice in Won­der­land) and Liz Eaves (Peter Pan and Alice in Won­der­land).

Join­ing the adult cast will be 18 tal­ented young ac­tors from the re­gion – in­clud­ing Ari­ana Botch­way, Ge­orge Thomp­son, Rosie Austins, Mil­lie Den­ney, Jaiya Dhillon, Harry Tal­lis, Leo Fox-white, Lot­tie Stone, Madi­son Nay­lor, Scar­lett Al­litt, Wil­liam Brown, Amelie Turner, Maisie Gore, Fred­die Phillips, Thomas Moore, Roxy Wright, Prim­rose Cole and Freya Young­man.

The cre­ative team is Sarah Brigham; Mike Kenny; Neil Ir­ish; Ivan Stott; Tim Hey­wood and Emma Jones.

A spokesman for the the­atre said: “Fol­low our trail of bread­crumbs into the woods this Christ­mas for a de­li­ciously fes­tive treat, per­fect for ages seven and above, and their fam­i­lies and friends.

“Hansel and Gre­tel need to get back home in a hurry, but in the en­chanted woods there’s a cot­tage made en­tirely of su­gary sweets and gor­geous gin­ger­bread – not to men­tion a wicked witch to con­tend with.

“Can Gre­tel save the day and res­cue her brother? And can Hansel leave the lol­lipops alone and ac­tu­ally help?

“Derby The­atre’s Christ­mas pro­duc­tion team bring an­other mag­i­cal and en­chant­ing tale to the stage.

With lash­ings of live mu­sic, heaps of colour­ful cos­tumes and a su­per scrump­tious tal­ented team of ac­tor-mu­si­cians, Hansel & Gre­tel cooks up a mag­i­cal, mouth-wa­ter­ing show.”

Tick­ets range from £12.50 to £28.50, with fam­ily ticket, school, con­ces­sion and group rates avail­able.

To find out more or to book tick­ets for one or both shows call 01332 593939 or visit www.der­bythe­atre.co.uk A MU­SI­CAL duo who prom­ise an evening of songs, gags and sur­prises will be the next act to hit the stage at Al­stone­field Vil­lage Hall, or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced.

Dave Pegg and AJ Clarke will be ap­pear­ing as part of the vil­lage’s con­cert series on Fri­day, Novem­ber 29 from 8pm and tick­ets are on sale now.

Bas­sist Dave Pegg and singer An­thony John “AJ” Clarke met nearly two decades ago and reg­u­larly tour as a duo, of­fer­ing a mu­si­cal evening with a comic twist.

Al­stone­field Events or­gan­iser Martin Sn­odin said: “Dave Pegg is best known as the long­est-serv­ing mem­ber of the pre-em­i­nent folk rock band Fair­port Con­ven­tion and he’s been the bas­sist for a number of im­por­tant folk and rock groups, in­clud­ing Jethro Tull.

“As well as be­ing a highly dis­tinc­tive bass player, he’s also a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and record pro­ducer.

“He’s played on a huge number of al­bums for other per­form­ers in­clud­ing Ralph Mctell, John Mar­tyn, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Richard Thomp­son.

“AJ Clarke is an en­gag­ing, very hu­mor­ous and gifted singer and com­poser who first be­came known for his songs about Ire­land. He has toured with Fair­port Con­ven­tion and has been a reg­u­lar MC of their an­nual fes­ti­val at Cro­predy, which Dave Pegg has or­gan­ised for many years.

“Ex­pect great tunes, great songs, great gags and sur­prises ga­lore.

“The guys strongly rec­om­mend you bring all your med­i­ca­tion!”

The event will fea­ture a li­censed bar and tick­ets, priced £12, are avail­able by vis­it­ing www.we­gottick­ets.com, or by call­ing 01335 310121.

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Craig An­der­son (as Hansel) and Yana Pen­rose (as Gre­tel).

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