Cur­tain up on pan­tomime

PRE­PARE TO BOO, HISS AND SING ALONG IN A GREAT CHRIST­MAS TRA­DI­TION

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Spotlight -

Oh yes it is – panto time is here again, a fes­tive tra­di­tion which gets ev­ery­one into the Christ­mas spirit.

Across Lon­don there are pan­tomimes rang­ing from big the­atre pro­duc­tions with fa­mous stars, through to those at venues right on your doorstep and am­a­teur groups too.

Peter Pan

Re­cent Celebrity Big Brother win­ner and Corona­tion Street ac­tor Ryan Thomas, who played Ja­son Grimshaw in the soap un­til 2016, takes on the part of bad­die Cap­tain Hook, in this year’s Hayes pan­tomime.

It will be the star’s third panto role - and prob­a­bly quite an ap­pro­pri­ate one con­sid­er­ing he also sur­vived Celebrity Is­land with Bear Grylls.

There will be fly­ing se­quences above the stage too in this swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture in Nev­er­land.

When it is: De­cem­ber 7 - 30

Where it is: The Beck The­atre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE

Tick­ets cost: £25 and £28.50, con­ces­sions £23 and £26.50, fam­ily tick­ets £92 (in­clud­ing fees) Book: On­line or call 020 8561 837 Dick Whittington It’s the 10th an­niver­sary of the Lyric Ham­mer­smith panto this year and it will be mark­ing the cel­e­brat­ing the oc­ca­sion on De­cem­ber 7 with a spe­cial per­for­mance of Dick Whittington.

This evening will be full of guest ap­pear­ances. Tick­ets from £30, which in­cludes a win­ter cock­tail, pre-show re­fresh­ments and a fes­tive pro­gramme. When it is: Novem­ber 17 Jan­uary 6 Where it is: The Lyric Cen­tre, King Street, Ham­mer­smith, W6 0QL

Tick­ets cost: Free first night for peo­ple who live or work in Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, £10 for pre­view per­for­mances then £15 - £42 from Novem­ber 27 (no fees)

Book: On­line or call 020 8741 6850 Aladdin Com­pass The­atre panto favourites Niall Hem­ing­way and Chris Sheri­dan re­turn as Widow Twankey and Wishy Washy to this Ick­en­ham venue for its pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion.

Join­ing them for the third year run­ning, Ick­en­ham’s own Em­met Car­rol as Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ping.

If your child doesn’t like all the loud noise and lights of panto then they might pre­fer to go to the relaxed per­for­mance on De­cem­ber 14 at 4pm.

When it is: De­cem­ber 6 - Jan­uary 5

Where it is: Glebe Av­enue, Ick­en­ham, UB10 8PD Tick­ets cost: Adults £16.50, Un­der 16s £12.50 (no fees) Book: On­line or call 01895 250615

Sleep­ing Beauty

The Questors in Eal­ing is one of the largest com­mu­nity the­atres in Europes. and has a rep­u­ta­tion for the high stan­dards of qual­ity and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism .

Ex­pect a fun fairy­tale, messy cake-bak­ing, as well as jokes and songs and the chance to shout at the wicked fairy.

When it is: De­cem­ber 14 - De­cem­ber 31 Where it is: 12 Mat­tock Lane, Eal­ing, W5 5BQ

Tick­ets cost: De­cem­ber 14 - 20: adults £16, chil­dren £8, fam­ily £44. De­cem­ber 21 31: adults £18, chil­dren £9 fam­ily £49 (no fees)

Book: 020 8567 5184 or on­line

Cin­derella

HEOS Mu­si­cal The­atre com­pany is an Eal­ing-based am­a­teur dra­mat­ics so­ci­ety well known for its high stan­dard of pro­duc­tions.

This pan­tomime, writ­ten by its chair­man, has all you ex­pect from a fam­i­lyfriendly tra­di­tional panto plus lively chore­og­ra­phy.

When it is:

De­cem­ber 29 and 30 at 2pm and 6.30pm Where it is: Ruis­lip Road, Green­ford,

UB6 9QN Tick­ets cost:

£13.50, rear stalls £8, con­ces­sions £9 (no fees)

Book: On­line or call 07758 841523

Trea­sure Is­land

Ex­pect the tra­di­tion of cus­tard pies at panto in Ruis­lip from The Ar­gosy Play­ers am­a­teur group.

Long John Sil­ver and his fear­some crew may think that trea­sure is within their grasp – but they’ve reck­oned with­out the ladies of the Smug­gler’s Cove Women’s In­sti­tute.

En­joy the fun of pan­tomime in what can be a dull month.

When it is: Jan­uary 17 - 20 Where it is: Manor Farm, Pinn Way, Ruis­lip, HA4 7QL Tick­ets cost: Full price £15, con­ces­sions £12.50, group tick­ets avail­able (no fees) Book: On­line or call 01895 250615 or 0845 838 9058

And one more for luck...

Robin Hood

Join the leg­endary tights-wear­ing hero for a swash­buck­ling, ar­row-sling­ing ad­ven­ture! Laugh-out-loud rou­tines, show-stop­ping songs and heaps of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

When it is: De­cem­ber 7 to 30

Where: The Arts Cen­tre, Houn­slow, TW3 1ES Tick­ets cost: £10 to £13 Book: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Dick Whittington at the Lyric Ham­mer­smith

Ryan Thomas is Hook at the Beck The­atre’s Peter Pan

PHOTO: CLIVE THOMP­SON

The Com­pass The­atre hosts Aladdin

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