Sleeping Beauty brings pantomime fun back to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 21:31 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:31 11 December 2014

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty


Following last year’s successful Christmas show Beauty and the Beast, the Hawthorne Theatre pantomime returns next week with Sleeping Beauty.

Guy MastersonGuy Masterson

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a beautiful Princess is born and the entire kingdom comes to celebrate her christening.

Except for the nasty Carabosse, who is bitter about being left off the invite list.

Crashing the party and bent on revenge, she places a curse on Beauty – on her 18th birthday, she will prick her finger and fall asleep for a hundred years.

Unless, that is, she is kissed by a handsome prince...

Directed by Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson, Sleeping Beauty opens at the Campus West theatre, in Welwyn Garden City, on Monday, December 15 for school performances, and runs until Saturday, January 3, 2015.

This perfect family show features husband-and-wife team Helen Crosse and Michael Totton.

Joining them this year is the sensational Nick Collett as Dame Kitty La Quiche, who has a nice line in outrageous costumes.

Theatre general manager Mark Woolman said: “I’ve always wanted to do our own version of Sleeping Beauty.

“Because it’s not as well-known as some other pantos, you can have more fun with it – but rest assured, it’ll still very definitely be a panto, with a villain to boo, a fairy to cheer, and a thigh-slapping hero!”

Based at the Hawthorne Theatre, Guy Masterson is an acclaimed actor/director well known to WGC audiences for his solo performances, most notably Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, and Shylock.

He formed his own theatre company in 1993 and has since produced, directed and/or performed in more than 80 shows.

His 2003 production of 12 Angry Men, famously starring 12 stand-up comedians, broke box office records in Edinburgh and then toured to Australia and New Zealand.

He also originated the West End production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Christian Slater, and also directed the biggest grossing show of all-time at the Edinburgh Festival, the 2005 revival of The Odd Couple, starring comedians Bill Bailey and Alan Davies.

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