The nearest pantomime to the ECCO area this year is probably Cinderella, 5.30pm, Saturday 22nd December at Ruskin House, corner of Coombe Road and Park Lane Tickets £10/£5 kids from bar or www.kin.community.
For those of you are prepared to travel further, here is an extensive list compiled by Bernard Winchester.
Beckenham Theatre Centre, 46 Bromley Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 5JD
Sunday 16thDecember 2018 – Tuesday 1stJanuary 2019 at 3pm (16/29-1) or 7.30pm (17-21/27/28)
Written by Malcolm Jones; directed by Malcolm & Melanie Jones. Mother Goose is one of the earliest pantomimes seen in Great Britain and was first seen nearly two hundred years ago. The story of Mother Goose and her family and how she is tempted away from her good nature by riches and the promise of eternal beauty. But she learns that family and friends count for more than a perfect complexion.
Chipstead Players, The Courtyard Theatre, Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3QU
WENDY AND PETER PAN
Wednesday 9th– Saturday 19thJanuary 2019 (not 14/15th) at 8pm; Sat also 2pm; Sun 2pm only
Ellla Hickson’s critically acclaimed reworking of J M Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan puts the female characters in the forefront of the action. We follow Wendy on her journey of discovery from Nursery to Neverland. Both heart breaking and side splitting, this joyous adaptation takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions as the Darlings are transported to a world of pirates, crocodiles and lost children.
Box Office: open Saturdays from 10am to 11.30pm and before performances
Telephone: 01737 555680 when box office is open, or leave a message on the Answerphone
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA
Saturday 1stto Sunday 30thDecember 2018, twice daily except Mondays and Christmas Day (also 24th)
Birds of a Featherstar Lesley Joseph leads the cast of this year’s spectacular pantomime, spreading magic and festive cheer in Bromley’s must-see festive production. Audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients audiences have come to expect; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.
Tickets: £19 – £40, children £3 off, concessions/Friends £2/7.50 off on off-peak performances
Telephone: 020 3285 6000
Web site: https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/bromley-pantomime-panto-kent
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Friday 14thDecember 2018 – Sunday 6thJanuary 2019 (various times; not Tuesdays)
The legend of Jack and the Beanstalk can be traced back through many centuries. It’s a thrilling tale of adventure… magic beans… a mysterious land way up in the clouds… a hidden treasure… and the terrifying Giant – which today provides the exciting, fun-packed storyline for family-friendly pantomimes.
Panto tickets: Adults £19.50, children/families £17.50
Box Office: 01372 742555 / 742227
Web site: http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN
SNOW WHITEAND THE SEVEN DWARVES
Friday 7thto Monday 31stDecember 2018, mostly at 2pm & 5.30pm, not 11, 18, 25
Huge helpings of laughter with a generous serving of traditional pantomime audience participation, mixed with stunning scenery, spectacular costumes, a dashing prince and the fairest Snow White of all. Add in seven dwarfs full of mischief and merriment, sprinkle with Woodland Fairy magic dust and it’s all the winning ingredients for a pantomime that’s simply wicked, simply wonderful and simply must be seen!
Tickets: £17 – £23.50 (Christmas Memories £12; Supersonic 70s £19)
Box Office: 01737 276500
Miller Centre Players, The Miller Centre, 30 Godstone Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6RA
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Charles Dickens, adated by Neil Bartlett
Thursday 29thNovember to Saturday 8thDecember 2018 at 8pm (not Sunday; also Saturdays at 3pm)
“Oh, but he was a squeezing, wrenching, scraping, grasping kind of a Scrooge; a clutching, covetous old sinner…” Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, this is a bold theatrical reimagining of a classic Christmas story.
Tickets: £11 (first night £9)
Box Office: 01883 349850 (open 10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-12 Sat)
Mitre Players, TMWA Clubhouse, Lime Meadow Avenue, Sanderstead, CR2 9AS
A CHRISTMAS CRACKER
Wednesday December 12thto Saturday December 14th2018 at 7.30pm
Box office: 0845 2255799
New Addington Salvation Army Community Church, Addington Community Centre, Central Parade, New Addington, CR0 0JB
Scrooge, Sleeping Beauty and the Christmas No 1!
Saturday & Sunday 8th& 9thDecember 2018 at 2pm & 6pm (TBC)
Box office: 07531 666362
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QG
Saturday 8thDecember 2018 to Sunday 6thJanuary 2019 at 1/2pm and 5.30/7pm (not 10/17/25/1)
Paul Merton leads the cast in this year’s high-flying pantomime as Widow Twankey, joined by Magician Pete Firman who will be on hand to spread a little magic over SW19 and help Aladdin overcome the evil Abanazar. Packed with all the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.
Tickets: £16 – £55 plus £2.85 transaction fee; no fee/reductions for Theatre Card Members
Box Office: 0871 297 5474
North Wood Morris Men
“They who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music”
CHRISTMAS DAY OF DANCE
Saturday 8thDecember 2018, South Bank, London Bridge from 11am to 4pm
BOXING DAY TOUR
Wednesday 26thDecember 2018, The Harrow Inn, 309 Farleigh Road, Warlingham, CR6 9EL, 12.45pm
On this day in 1899, Cecil Sharp first met the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers at Sandfield Cottage, Headington, Oxford. From that meeting grew the revival of interest in English Morris dancing.
Orpheus Centre, North Park Lane, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8ND
ORPHEUS CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Tuesday 4thDecember 2018 at 7.30pm
Hosted by Sir Richard Stilgoe, Orpheus Carols at St John’s Church, Redhill is the perfect opportunity to start the season off with a captivating celebration of Christmas. This special fundraising concert will feature carols by candlelight, performances by the inspirational Orpheus students, the beautiful voices of St John’s Church Choir and seasonal readings by celebrity guests. A traditional Christmas reception with mince pies and mulled wine will follow within the beautiful setting of St John’s new community centre.
Tickets: Premium (rows 2-6) £20; Standard £15; Concession £7.50
Box office: 01883 741414 (Monday-Friday, 9-5pm)
Oxted Players, Barn Theatre, 25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0AA
Friday 11thJanuary 2019 at 7.30pm; Saturday 12thand Sunday 13that 1.30 & 5.30pm; Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17thand Friday 18that 7.30pm; Saturday 19that 2.30 & 7.30pm
A traditional fun-filled family pantomime by Jane Maisey with Robin Hood outwitting the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Tickets: £10; 10% on-line booking fee
Telephone: 01883 724852
Purley Pantoloons, Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Rd, Purley, CR8 2LN
Wednesday 23rdto Saturday 27thJanuary 2019 at 7.30pm; also Saturday matinee at 3pm
Tickets: adults £9, children under 16 £6
Box office: Rick Roberts
Tel: 01883 381884
St George’s Players Beckenham, St Georges Church Hall, 5-7 Albemarle Road, Beckenham, BR3 5HZ
Friday 14thand Saturday 15thDecember 2018 at 8pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm
Tickets: Adults £10; children under 18 £5
Box office: Beckenham Bookshop, 42 High Street; St George’s Parish Office, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Telephone: 07510 111 224; 020 8658 6177
St. Mark’s Players (Beckenham), St. George’s Church Hall, 25-27 Albemarle Road, Beckenham, BR3 5HZ
Saturdays 12th, 19thand 26thJanuary 2019 at 2.30 and 7.30pm; Sundays 13thand 20that 2.30pm
Can Cinders go to the Ball? Can the Ugly Sisters squeeze their size 11s into the glass slipper? … will the cast remember their lines? With jokes a-plenty (old and new), slapstick and ‘help’ from Ethel, the pantomime horse, the accent really is on FUN, FUN,FUN! There’ll be songs too and dancing from the children of Glenlyn Academy. So come, celebrate with us, as we mark the Players’ 60thTraditional Family Pantomime – the most magical fairytale of all – Cinderella.
Tickets: Adult £10; Child under 15 £8
Telephone: 07737 538 794
Sanderstead Dramatic Club, All Saints Parish Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead, CR2 9AB
Saturday 5thto Saturday 12thJanuary 2019 at 7.30pm Tuesday to Friday, 2 & 6pm Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: Adult £8, Senior >60 £7; Child <14 £5; front 9 rows, Fri/Sat/Sun each £1 more
Tel: 07864 698429
Email: Theboxoffice@sdclub.org.uk; general info email@example.com
South London Theatre Centre, Bell Theatre, Old Fire Station, 2A Norwood High St, West Norwood, SE27 9NS
THE SNOW QUEEN
Saturday 8thto Saturday 15thDecember 2018 at 7.30pm (not 9th– 12th; also Sats/Sun 9 at 2.30pm)
A magical tale for all the family, full of wonder, music and festive cheer by Matthew Davies.
Tickets (members): £12 (£7); concessions £9 (£5); family tickets £35 (£25)
Box Office: 020 8670 3474
On-line bookings: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/slt
Audience Membership: £15 per year
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Enquiries: email@example.com
Stanley Halls, Main Hall, Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB
THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
Saturday 8thDecember 2018 to Saturday 5thJanuary 2019 (times TBA)
A good-hearted Shoemaker is amazed when he awakes one morning to discover his work has been magically finished. For on his workbench sit the most magnificent pair of shoes he has ever seen.
But who are his mysterious midnight helpers and how can the Shoemaker repay their kindness?
Award wining theatre company Skewbald bring this charming Christmas tale to life for all ages, using colourful storytelling and enchanting shadow puppetry!
Christmas Cinema at the Halls
Sunday 16thDecember 2018 at 2.30 and 7pm
- Frozen Sing A Long(PG|2003|USA|108 mins)
- Love Actually(15|2013|USA|145 mins)
Tickets: £5 (Frozen); £6, concessions £4 (Love Actually); Elves TBA
Box Office: 0333 666 3366
Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Rd, Coulsdon, CR5 3BE
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sat 8th, Thurs 13th, Fri 14th, Sat 15thDecember 2018 at 8pm; Sat 15th, Sun 9th& 16that 3pm
Theatre Workshop Coulsdon’s Christmas 2018 production is the classic story of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – or a Beast by its horrid, hairy appearance! It’s not the Disney cartoon, so don’t expect dancing wardrobes and singing teapots. But we can promise you a riotous serving of full-fat traditional panto – rocket fuel for the festive season, to delight everyone from the kids to the grandparents.
Featuring a full band, oodles of audience participation, a glut of groanworthy gags, and a panoply of larger than life characters, including the lovely Beauty, her appalling ugly sisters, the extremely wicked witch, Deadly Nightshade, a walking, talking topiary bush, an assortment of bumbling guardsmen and a saucy French maid! And of course, the Beast – once a handsome prince, now a tragic recluse despised by the world. Will true love find a way to break the evil spell that binds him to his doom? Join us to find out!
Tickets: Adults £10, Children/Concessions £7, Under Fives £4
Box Office: 07709 266 728
West Wickham Pantomime Society, Wickham Hall, Sussex Road, West Wickham, BR4 0JX
Friday 4th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th, Friday 11thJanuary 2019 at 7.45pm; Saturday 5th, Sunday 6that 1.30 & 4.45pm; Saturday 12that 1.30, 4.45 & 8pm
Box Office: 07796 816806 (020 8777 9349?)
Via Spring Park N’d Watch: Dianna Fraser 020 8777 1924 firstname.lastname@example.org 30th
On line: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wwps/book/event/63895
Woldingham Players, Woldingham Village Hall, Park View Road, Woldingham, Caterham, CR3 7DN
Tuesday 1stJanuary 2019 at 5pm; Wednesday 2ndto Saturday 5that 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Written and directed by James Peacock
Box Office: Fine & County, The Crescent, Woldingham from 27thNovember (01883 653040, 9-5)
Contact: Liz Aggiss on 01883 653106