Welwyn Hatfield pantomime 2018 tickets go on sale

PUBLISHED: 11:38 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 16 February 2018

Michael Totton as Dame Dolly in Welwyn Garden City Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell]

Michael Totton as Dame Dolly in Welwyn Garden City Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell]

Christopher Bonwell

Tickets go on sale today for this year’s Welwyn Hatfield pantomime – and producers expect them to fly out of the box office.

Laura Porter as Beauty, Briar Rose, Michael Totton as Dame Dolly and Matthew Curnier as Pano Chocolat in Welwyn Garden City 2017 Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell] Laura Porter as Beauty, Briar Rose, Michael Totton as Dame Dolly and Matthew Curnier as Pano Chocolat in Welwyn Garden City 2017 Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell]

The magical tale of Aladdin will be the 2018 pantomime at CW Entertainment in Welwyn Garden City.

It will be the third year running that the Welwyn Hatfield Council’s panto has been brought to life by the highly acclaimed team of Helen Crosse as director, and husband Mike Totton as the ever-popular Dame.

This follows the success of last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which broke the theatre’s box office records, and was described by the Welwyn Hatfield Times as “a magical production, full of Christmas cheer, romance and slapstick”.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s executive member for policy and culture, said: “We know from the fantastic feedback we received on social media and elsewhere that people of all ages loved our recent production of Beauty and the Beast, and we’re really pleased to have the same team back for Aladdin in December.

Back row (left to right): Will Guppy (Baguette), Laura Porter (Beauty, Briar Rose), Michael Totton (Dame Dolly), Sydney Stevenson (Fairy Petit Pois), Helen Crosse (director), Mike Scurfield (Professor Cassoulet). Front row (left to right): Robert Lindsay and Matthew Curnier (Pano Chocolat) after the press night performance of Hawthorne Theatre 2017 pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: CW Entertainment] Back row (left to right): Will Guppy (Baguette), Laura Porter (Beauty, Briar Rose), Michael Totton (Dame Dolly), Sydney Stevenson (Fairy Petit Pois), Helen Crosse (director), Mike Scurfield (Professor Cassoulet). Front row (left to right): Robert Lindsay and Matthew Curnier (Pano Chocolat) after the press night performance of Hawthorne Theatre 2017 pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: CW Entertainment]

“There’s bound to be a few surprises in amongst the familiar tale with its magic lamp, a Genie, Widow Twankey and a flying carpet. All in all it’s sure to be a high-flying family pantomime!”

Mike Totton, who played Dame Dolly last Christmas, will return as Widow Twankey for the 2018 panto.

It will be the second year for choreographer Fay Liberty.

Public performances of Aladdin will run at CW Entertainment’s Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West from Saturday, December 15 to Sunday, January 6, 2019, with school performances starting from Wednesday, December 12.

Michael Totton as Dame Dolly in Welwyn Garden City Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell] Michael Totton as Dame Dolly in Welwyn Garden City Hawthorne Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast [Picture: Christopher Bonwell]

And there will be an extra ‘blue panto’ performance, added by popular demand, this year.

This means there will be three adult versions of Aladdin performed from Thursday, December 27 to Saturday, December 29.

And as an early-bird bonus, anyone who booked for 2017 panto Beauty and the Beast can reserve their preferred seats for Aladdin, by phone or at the box office, and pay later (up to the end of March 31, 2018).

• Tickets are available from 12 noon on Friday, February 9 at www.cwentertainment.co.uk, by phone on 0300 303 9620, or from the box office.

Those wishing to take advantage of the ‘buy now pay later’ offer will need to reserve their seats by phone or at the box office.

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