Sleeping Beauty

5 - 27 December 2014

Sleeping Beauty

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 BOXBoxes 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

December 2014



Fri 05 2.00pm
Sat 06 2.00pm / 7.00pm
Mon 08 2.00pm
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

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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).

Captioned performance: Friday 12 December, 7pm

Audio Described performance: Friday 19 December, 2pm

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