The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THEATRE -

Robin Hood The Cres­set, De­cem­ber 8 to De­cem­ber 30

Folk­lore hero Robin Hood brings the good fight to Peter­bor­ough this week... and he will have a lit­tle help from a former Corona­tion Street favourite. Cres­set reg­u­lar Mitch Hewer (Skins and Ca­su­alty on TV) is the hand­some green clad hero but his comic sup­port comes in the form of Will Scar­let, one of his Merry Men, played by Nick Cochrane (Andy Mc­Don­ald in Cor­rie).

“I used to play the hero, the hand­some prince but I was much younger then,” laughed Nick, who will be tread­ing the boards in panto for the 21st time, start­ing on Satur­day. “Now I just get to play his friend, the id­iot, who has a laugh with all the kids!” So what can we ex­pect from Will Scar­let? “He is Robin’s best mate and he just wants to make sure the Sher­iff gets his come­up­pance ... and he will be re­cruit­ing help from the au­di­ence.

“That is what is great about panto – it is a fam­ily thing, the kids get in­volved and you feed back on what you get from the au­di­ence. “When some­thing goes wrong, it is not Othello, you can just go over it again - and peo­ple love it. “So you can ex­pect lots of laughs, plenty of cheer­ing, shout­ing and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, py­rotech­nics and even some magic tricks - it has got some­thing ev­ery good panto should have.”

It might be Nick’s first time at the Cres­set but Mitch, of course, is no stranger hav­ing ap­peared in Aladdin in 2014 and Snow White last year. Also re­turn­ing is reg­u­lar Dame, ZachVan­der­felt, who will play­ing it for laughs, some of them naughty no doubt, as Nurse Ger­tie Glu­cose, as well as Peter Croohan (Friar Tuck) and Ge­orge Dee (Lit­tle John). Vil­lain of the piece The Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham is an­other old favourite, Lawrence Stub­bins, while Isabelle Lock takes on the role of Pan­dora the Witch, and Maid Mar­ian will be played by all-singing, all­danc­ing Laura

Wen­ton. Tick­ets from www. cres­set.

Peter Pan Key The­atre, tonight un­til Jan 6

Si­mon Eger­ton’s new ver­sion of the JM Bar­rie clas­sic fea­tures plenty of fa­mil­iar faces for reg­u­lar Key pan­to­go­ers. Re­becca Levy plays the prin­ci­pal boy Peter Pan; Katie Prithard is Tinker Bell; Josh Haber­field is Lit­tle John­nie; and Robin John­son re­turns as Bar­na­cle Bill. New­com­ers in­clude Richard Costello as Cap­tain Hook and An­thony Hog­gins as the Dame - Nanny Gog­gins. And keep an eye on the Lost Chil­dren - played by tal­ented young ac­tors re­cruited lo­cally.

Al­ice in Win­ter Won­der­land John Clare The­atre, un­til Dec 8

There is still time to join Peter­bor­ough Play­go­ers’ world of ice, snow and fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion in their an­nual Christ­mas show Al­ice in Win­ter Won­der­land. Al­ice, falls asleep on Christ­mas Eve and wakes in a mag­i­cal land where it is al­ways win­ter. In her dream, she meets sev­eral of the fa­mous Won­der­land char­ac­ters, such as the Mad Hat­ter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and the Duchess, along with Santa’s hard­work­ing elves and, of course, good old Santa. Tick­ets from cast mem­bers and the In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, in Bridge Street.

The Jour­ney Ros­mini Cen­tre, Wis­bech, De­cem­ber 6

The Jour­ney tells the story of a mother and child flee­ing their dev­as­tated, war-rav­aged home­land for a des­ti­na­tion of per­ceived safety. To re­search the play writer and di­rec­tor Steve Lam­bert vis­ited Le­banon and camps on the Syr­ian bor­der to learn of the des­per­ate mea­sures peo­ple can be forced to en­dure as they strive to sur­vive. In the UK he worked with refugee com­mu­ni­ties and sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as poet Ghazi Hus­sain, a former Pales­tinian refugee who fled Syria to es­cape tor­ture.

Bels­haz­zar’s Feast Up­wood Vil­lage Hall, near Hunt­ing­don, De­cem­ber 7

A cel­e­brated Christ­mas show that mixes tra­di­tional folk mu­sic, sea­sonal ma­te­rial, stir­ring in clas­si­cal, pop and mu­sic hall, all topped off with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and lash­ings of wry hu­mour. Paul Sartin (of Bel­low­head and Faus­tus) and Paul Hutchin­son (of Hoover The Dog) bring their eclec­tic and ec­cen­tric mix of tunes and be­tween songs chat that al­ways sends au­di­ences home with smiles on their faces. Tick­ets at www.up­

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