The Dragon of Wantley by Norman Robbins

The Amateur Premiere

Directed by Geoffrey Reed


Wednesday 15th December 2010, 7.15pm
Thursday 16th December 2010, 7.15pm
Friday 17th December 2010, 7.15pm
Saturday 18th December 2010, 2.00pm and 7.15pm

This spectacular pantomime, based on an English legend involving real people, was beloved by Victorian audiences and has now been adapted for the 21st century by that master of pantomime Norman Robbins. With vengeful fairies, knock-about bailiffs, a romantic leading lady and a handsome Principal Boy, plus the outrageous Dame, all the ingredients are here for a wonderful evening's entertainment!

The dame and his sidekick appeared on David Chadderton's Theatre Show on Canalside Community Radio (102.8FM) talking about the panto on 2nd December 2010.

You can listen to a podcast version of the broadcast here.

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This production was nominated for the following awards at the Cheshire Theatre Guild Full Length Play Awards 2010-2011 season:

  • Sophie Diss for the Rebecca Seymour Award for Most Promising Youngster (Female) for Lady Joan

  • Grace Reed and Marion Dean for Margaret Thomas
    Salver for Best Costume

Grace Reed and Marion Dean won the Margaret Thomas
Salver for Best Costume

The Cast
Mauxalinda Grace Reed
Sir Walter de Warthog Geoff Brocklehurst
Rags Caroline Lucas
Tatters Bob Wright
Squire Benjamin Moore Bex Stockton
Granny "Verruca" Gubbins Owen Le Blanc
Lady Joan Sophie Diss
Madge Merry Michele Eaton
Vendetta David Basnett
Jingo Trevor Williams
Radish Callum Tipton
Matthew Cotton
Mother Shipton Ann Goodwin
The Dragon Janet Douglas
Villagers Paul McEvoy
Marion Dean
Joan Taylor-Jones
Geoff Bowker
Alan Orme
Janet Douglas
Junior Chorus Amy Carter
Vicki Carter
Lizzie Cotton
Harry Diss
Ewan Jones
Fiona Hornby
Emily Mayer
Jerry Patch
Abby Tipton


The Crew
Director Geoffrey Reed
Assistant Director Grace Reed
Stage Manager Gordon Dean
Assistant Stage Manager Karl Douglas
Music Lee Tipton
Callum Tipton
Accompanist Doug MacDonald
Choreographer Amy Carter
Wardrobe Grace Reed
Marion Dean
Scene Painter Peter Hammond
Sound Lee Tipton
Lighting Anja Le Blanc
Technical Assistants Margaret Ellis
Bill Beton
Programme David Basnett