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From Mother Goose to Beauty and the Beast: a collection of Oxfordshire Pantomimes for 2015
Chock full of song, dance and general merriment and promises to be a rollercoaster ride of adventure and side-splitting laughter

Mother Goose

Tuesday 18 November - Sunday 11 January
Chipping Norton Theatre

The time honoured tradition of pantomime is upon us again and everyone at Chipping Norton Theatre is preparing for this year’s extravaganza, Mother Goose.


 

Last year’s successful team, writer Ben Crocker and director John Terry, have taken the traditional story and transported it to the icy north, in a funny and fast moving Arctic adventure featuring Nordic trolls, Scandinavian snow, woolly jumpers and even the occasional moose. The show has masses of audience participation, new songs by Tony Award-winning composer Sarah Travis, puns, jokes, helium balloons, a bit of romance and, as ever, throw away sweets. Visit here or call 01608 642350 to book tickets.

 

Beauty and the Beast

The Sinodun Players
16-31 January at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. No performances Sunday or Monday
Wallingford Corn Exchange

January means panto time in Wallingford and, once again, Sinodun Players will transform the Corn Exchange into the magical world of fairytale, this time with the enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast.

This traditional panto is chock full of song, dance and general merriment and promises to be a rollercoaster ride of adventure and side-splitting laughter. The antics of comedy beauticians, Marcel and Monique, in particular, will have everyone in stitches.

Other fairytale characters include the beautiful heroine, Belle and her selfish older sisters, Ermengarde and Esmeralda, who flounce around thinking they are the bees’ knees.

Belle’s dad is eccentric scientist Alphonse, lovable but too weak to stand up to his flighty daughters. Panto dame is French maid Madame Fifi who has a dozy son Jacques. Hunky lothario Gustave is big in muscle but small in brain while Belladonna is a glamorous baddie enchantress.

But the truly jaw-dropping moment of this stupendous show will be the transformation of handsome Prince Danton into the ugly Beast before your very eyes!

Tickets are £10/£12, children £6 from here or the box office (01491 825000), between 10:00am-2:00pm Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00-8:00pm each evening.

 

Treasure Island

Didcot Phoenix Drama Group
Friday 23 January at 7:30pm - Saturday 24 January at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Didcot Civic Hall

Didcot Civic Hall is to be raided by pirates in January. Toby Bradford and Tina Webster have taken the famous Treasure Island story and adapted it to a fun and treasure filled panto suitable for children, teens and adults. Tickets are £10 (£5 conc) and can be booked by calling 07769 674927 or visiting here.

 

The Snow Queen

Faringdon Dramatic Society
Friday 30 January at 7:30pm, Saturday 31 January at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday 6 February at 7:30pm and Saturday 7 February at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Faringdon Junior School

Visit here for tickets

 

Aladdin

Stanford Drama Group
Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 February at 7:30pm with Saturday matinee at 2:30pm
Stanford Village Hall

Tickets available in January from Stanford Post Office or by calling 01367 710400

 

Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs

Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society
Saturday 31 January at 2:15pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 1 February at 2:15pm, Friday 6 February at 7:30pm and Saturday 7 February at 2:15pm and 7:30pm
Woodcote Village Hall

Visit here for tickets

 

Robin Hood

West Oxford Pantomime Association
Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 January
West Oxford Community Centre

Visit here for tickets

 

Top Image - Mother Goose, left to right; Luanna Priestman as Aurora the Fairy, J. J. Henry as Mother Goose, Martyn Dempsey as Smorg (Image Credit: Ric Mellis)

Below - Wallingford's Sinodun Players present Beauty and the Beast