Who doesn’t love a good pantomime? For me, it always brings back memories of trips with my Nan (she worked at the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre in Cheltenham) and my Mum. Every Christmas, my Nan would get tickets and off we’d go to watch whatever pantomime was on offer that year.
It has been many, many years since I last went to a panto, so when the team at the Leatherhead Theatre got in touch to ask if we would like to go and see their production of Cinderella, all those childhood memories came rushing back! We were originally due to go on my son’s birthday which was the Tuesday of Christmas week, but unfortunately we had to change at last minute – the team were so accommodating and we moved our tickets to Xmas eve.
When we arrived, the staff checked our temperatures and then showed us to our seats. The Theatre is very deceptive and whilst it looks small from the outside, there is a whole tardis inside!
From the minute the show started, we were so impressed! It was a great show with lots of laughs! Not only did the cast throw in a few political jokes (‘we’ll throw a party, no let’s just invite people over for cheese and wine’) but Buttons’ improv with a trouser malfunction had us all in stitches – even my 3 year old!
Their love of acting, and their love of this theatre shone through – you could sense the passion and commitment they have not only for their craft but for making sure to support this independent theatre in what’s been an absolutely awful couple of years for the industry.
If you missed the panto, why not check out some of the wonderful shows on offer next year – starting with Aladdin from the 6th January 2022 (link below).
If you want to help keep the theatre running, you can also donate money to them, you can text LHD21 to 70970 to give £5