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Andrew Pepper in Robin Hood. © Ric Mellis

Chipping Norton Theatre Panto

Celebrating its 43rd year, the Theatre Chipping Norton sets sail this season with Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen – a charismatic twist on the well-loved Daniel Defoe classic
Celebrating its 43rd year, the Theatre Chipping Norton sets sail this season with Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen – a charismatic twist on the well-loved Daniel Defoe classic

"This year sees the return of a few familiar faces"

Tuesday 15th November 2016-Sunday 8th January 2017

 

This year’s swashbuckling panto-adventure at the Theatre Chipping Norton takes our strapping hero Robinson Crusoe buccaneering across the high tides on the most daring and vibrant voyage yet to find a stash of long-lost treasure.

Accompanied by the ship-shape crew of the Saucy Nancy, his mum Cammie and a whole host of colourful characters he meets along the way, Robinson must find the treasure before it reaches the evil clutches of the Pirate Queen, Betty Babcock and her band of pillaging pirates!

Chipping Norton’s secret panto recipe rustles together toe-tapping original music from Ollie Birch, a side-splitting script from playwright Andrew Pollard and hilariously clever direction from The Theatre’s very own Artistic Director, John Terry. Striking set designs by Russell Craig along with magnificent costumes by designer Emily Stuart complete the mix which promises to be an uproarious escapade. So splice your main braces, buckle your swash and get ready for one of the most exciting and colourful pantos of the year.

This year sees the return of a few familiar faces from Chipping Norton’s panto past. The treasure trove of talent includes Craig Rhys-Barlow as Robinson Crusoe (last here as Ali Baba, 2011) and Andrew Pepper for his second year of Dame. Emilia Williams returns as Polly Perkins along with Robert Maskell as Captain Wallace Windblower (both previously here in Mother Goose, 2014) and Jessica Dyas as Saucy Nancy, the ships figurehead (last here in Jack and the Giant, 2013). We welcome new faces Lizzy Dive as this year’s villain, Betty Babcock the Pirate Queen and Jean-Luke Worrell as Man Friday.

 

Top Image - Andrew Pepper in Robin Hood. © Ric Mellis

 

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