5 - 27 December 2014
By Andrew Pollard
We are delighted to announce that the Watford Palace panto in 2014 will be Sleeping Beauty.
Join us at the Palace for a proper family pantomime, with live musicians onstage, stunning sets and costumes, plenty of audience participation, and song, dance and slapstick performed straight from the heart by a talented company of first-rate actors.
The perfect seasonal treat for everyone – but book now to avoid disappointment, we're anticipating sell out performances!
Green Performances: £18 (conc £15.50), £16.00 (conc £13), £12.50 (conc £12.50)
Box (4 seats): £50
School groups: £10.50 (1 teacher free for every 10 students)
Groups 11+: £15, £12
Blue Performances: £20.50 (conc £18), £18.50 (conc £15.50), £14.50 (conc £14.50)
Groups 11+: £16.50, £14.50
Red Performances: £21 (conc £19), £19.50 (conc £17.50), £16 (conc £16)
Gold Performances: £23 (conc £21), £21 (conc £19), £17 (conc £17)
Click here for a guide to the performance colours
Bringing a group of 10+: Ask our sales team about pre-ordering ice creams and programmes
CHRISTMAS BOX: Boxes seat up to 4 people. Served in your Box: confectionery, one ice cream each, merchandise and two programmes. £125 per box (Blue, Red and Gold performances only).
Card Handling fee applies: £1.50 online, £1.00 on phone/in person. No charge for cash transactions
|Sat 06||2.00pm / 7.00pm|
|Tue 09||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Wed 10||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Thu 11||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Fri 12||1.30pm / 7.00pm|
|Sat 13||2.00pm / 7.00pm|
|Mon 15||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Tue 16||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Wed 17||10.30am / 2.00pm|
|Thu 18||1.30pm / 7.00pm|
|Fri 19||2.00pm / 7.00pm|
|Sat 20||2.00pm / 6.00pm|
|Mon 22||1.30pm / 6.00pm|
|Tue 23||2.00pm / 6.00pm|
|Wed 24||11.30am / 3.00pm|
|Fri 26||2.30pm / 7.00pm|
|Sat 27||1.30pm / 6.00pm|
Co-Directors Brigid Larmour and Shona Morris
Musical Director Christopher Peake
Designer Cleo Pettitt
Lighting Designer Jenny Cane
Walter Van Dyk - The King
Walter studied singing at Trinity College of Music, and trained as an actor with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
heatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre), Insufficiency (Riverside Studios), A Flea in her Ear (Old Vic) Possessed (National Theatre Studio/Greenwich Theatre), Sindbad (Yellow Barn Music Festival and American Tour), the Narrator in The Soldier's Tale (Academy of St Martin in the Field), Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Salisbury Playhouse), As You Like It (Arundel Festival), The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine (Lively Arts in San Francisco), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, High Society, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and O Moon of Alabama (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Oliver Twist (European Tour), A Soldier's Tale (Traverse Theatre), Macbeth (European Tour), Waiting for Beethoven (Florestan Festival of Peasmarsh), Measure for Measure (National Tour), What Now Little Man? (Greenwich Theatre) and The Secret Diary of Samuel Pepys (National Tour).
Television credits include The Basil Brush Show, The Detectives, Birds of a Feather, and Can't Stop Me Dreaming (BBC), London's Burning (London Weekend Television), A Midsummer's Night (WGBH-TV Boston), and Framed (Anglia TV). Film includes Incognito (Warner Brothers).
Jill McAusland - Princess Rose
Jill previously appeared in Watford Palace Theatre's Mother Goose (2012).
Jill trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Her theatre credits include: Ghost Town – research & development (Pilot Theatre); On Reflection: Body Gossip Live (Purcell Room, Southbank Centre); Jumpy (Duke of York's, West End); Alice in Wonderland and Esme's Eggstraordinary Eggstravaganza (Northampton Royal Theatre); The Conspirators (Orange Tree Theatre); The Fumidor (Cotterell Theatre, Kingston International Youth Arts Festival for Pants on Fire Theatre Company); One Day - rehearsed reading (Made From Scratch, the Cockpit Theatre); Tits/Teeth (National Youth Theatre) and DNA (NT Connections, Brighton Dome).
Jill's most recent television credits appeared on television in Doctors and Holby City (BBC One).
Jill was a Carleton Hobbs team member in 2011.
Terence Frisch - Donna Kebab
After last year's Mother Goose Terry is delighted to be back at the Palace as Nurse Nellie.
Previous pantomimes include: Jack & the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Recent theatre credits include: Fawlty Towers, The Dining Experience (ITI); Noggin the Nog (ThirdParty); This Place Means (High Hearted); The Hit (Two Shoes and Cake); The Manual Oracle (Von Held); Nocturnal (RADA); One Snowy Night (Slot Machine); Jerusalem (Royal Court); The Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane); Romeo and Juliet (Globe); Oedipus (Actors of Dionysus); Educating Rita (Tour de Force); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Royal Exchange); Richard III and The Changeling (both Third Party); Outside Edge (Mill at Sonning) and Wait Until Dark (Southwold).
Recent television credits include: Call the Midwife, Holby City and East Enders (all BBC); Harry Hill's TV Burp (Avalon) and Small Island (Ruby Films/BBC). Film credits include: Hugo (Scorsese).
Erica Guyatt - The Wicked Fairy Arachnia
Erica trained at LAMDA. Her theatre credits include: Boeing Boeing (Vienna's English Theatre); Bugsy Malone (Future Cinema); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk); All I want for Christmas (Jermyn Street Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre, Neuss); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Dukes Lancaster); The Importance of being Earnest and Othello (RADA Enterprises); Tombstone Tales (Arcola); We All Fall Down (UK Tour); The Shelter (UK Tour); Top Girls (Royal Court). Her film credits include: Shanghai and The Video. Robin Hood is Erica's first production with Watford Palace Theatre. She is very excited about being a member of Robin's merry men this Christmas!
Sheena Patel - Good Fairy Fashionista
Sheena previously appeared in Watford Palace Theatre's Mother Goose (2012) and in Break the Floorboards (Rifco Arts) (2013).
Sheena trained at Guildford School of Acting, where she graduated with a BA (hons) in Acting. Sheena's other theatre credits include: the role of Young Soraya and Shanti in Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh Theatre and Sadler's Wells); Mrs Patel and ensemble in Britain's Got Bhangra remixed and remastered (Rifco Arts); Romonic (Soho Theatre); Vandella in Miss Lily Gets Boned (Finborough Theatre); Anita in Wuthering Heights (Tamasha Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith); Romeo in the City workshop (Theatre Centre); Mujra Girls workshop (Sadler's Wells); Hearts and Minds (Khayaal Theatre) and The Price (Walking Forward Theatre Company). Television includes: EastEnders, Holby City, Law & Order and Casualty. Sheena is thrilled to be playing the role of Shirley the Soothsayer from Sheffield in Watford Palace Theatre's production of Robin Hood.
Obioma Ugoala - Prince Alexander
Obioma trained at Drama Centre London. His recent theatre credits include: Holly Warriors (2014) and Antony and Cleopatra (2014) (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Jungle Book (2013) and Crime and Punishment (2013) (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); Neighbours (Hightide/Nuffield, 2013); The Mouse and his Child (2012) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012) (Royal Shakespeare Company); and The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse).
Andro Cowperthwaite - Darnit the Dog
Andro trained at Drama Centre London. His recent credits include: short film The Crying Game (2013) at Drama Centre London, Corpus Christi (2013) for Outfox Productions and Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Drama Centre London (2012).