Panto: Hansel & Gretel’s Big Adventure

Panto time is here and “Hansel and Gretel’s Big Adventure” is written and directed by the talented John Giller once again.

Hansel & Gretel Panto Christmas 2014Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, is back for another fairy-tale spectacular, and if you didn’t shout “Oi, Oi, Oi” then you haven’t been to the very popular Hunstanton Pantomime held every year at the Town Hall. It’s not every day you get to help the outrageous Dame Kitty Litter on her adventures in pantoland. This year promises to be bigger and better then ever before, and if you weren’t lucky enough to see last year’s sell out shows you will be pleased to hear they have added an extra performance to their run for 2014.

Hansel and Gretel, (Pearl Hawke and Kathryn Larman) and their big brother Billy (Liz Bishopp) need your help in this exciting and family-friendly panto adventure of good versus evil. With lots of audience participation this new spin on a familiar tale sees our young duo trying to help their poverty riddled mother, Dame Kitty Litter (John Giller) from becoming homeless and thrown out onto the streets by the wicked landlord Squire Shillington (Tony Bishopp) and his daft sidekick accountant Smudge (Phil Lance).

Along the way we meet King Gerald and Queen Geraldine (Simon and Carol Bower) poorly aided by their hopeless Royal Guards (Kayla Wrigley, Faith Bodenham, Josh Haycock, Lewis Cleland) and their overworked Nanny (Sharon Yates) as they try to find their daughter, the beautiful princess Genevieve (Eve Bodenham) who has mysteriously vanished. Was it something to do with a strange old Witch (Catriona Hawke) who lives in a gingerbread house in the middle of the forest or has the very scary and extremely nasty Snatcher ‘the child catcher’ (John Wrigley) got to her first? Only you and the Panto Angel (Elaine Verweymeren) can help them to succeed. Without your help our chorus of Gingerbread men (played by 14 local children) and their Baker (Lucy Douglas-De-Fenzi) and her apprentice (Tommy Hendrey) will not make it through the story to a happy ending.

This year’s show is a real treat for all the senses, with the creative and award winning writing and directing skills of John Giller and expert stage management of Alan Chesters, who has certainly come up with some original ideas, amazing sets and a new fantastic and spooky UV scene. This, together with some great toe-tapping and sing-a-long songs all dressed with flamboyant new costumes by Elaine Verweymeren will be loved by children (and adults) of all ages.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now.

Show times are:

  • Saturday, 27 December 2014 – matinee 2pm eve 7pm
  • Sunday, 28 December 2014 – matinee 2pm eve 7pm
  • Monday, 29 December 2014 – matinee 2pm eve 7pm
  • Tuesday, 30 December 2014 – matinee 2pm only

Tickets available from Cherry Tree Chocolates( in the High Street) AND Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre (in the Town Hall), are:

Adults £7.50 each
Children £5.00 each


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