Preparations under way for wealth of panto productions

The cast of Winslow Players pantomime, Ali Baba. 130120M-B580
The cast of Winslow Players pantomime, Ali Baba. 130120M-B580
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Rehearsals are going well for this year’s Winslow Players panto, which opens next Thursday in the public hall.

Ali Baba was originally written by Chris Chapman in 1972, when a young Derry French made her first appearance in the chorus.

Now Mrs Chapman is directing the production again, after rewriting the script for today’s audience.

The show promises to be a traditional family panto, with colourful costumes, music, dancing and plenty of audience participation.

Will Ali Baba manage to capture the robber chief and win the hand of the beautiful Princess Amina in marriage?

Performances are on Thursday and Friday, January 31 and February 1, at 7.30pm and on Saturday, February 2, at 1pm and 8pm.

Tickets are on sale from Jennie Wren’s Tearooms.

> The Claydon Panto Group’s Aladdin starts tomorrow, Saturday, at Steeple Claydon Village Hall.

Performances Saturday, January 26, at 2pm and 7.30pm; Friday, February 1, at 7.30pm; and Saturday, February 2, at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets £6 adults, £4 children, from Steeple Claydon Post Office or at

> Alice In Wonderland is the offering from the Weston & Weedon Drama Group at Lois Weedon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, plus a 2.30pm Saturday matinee that’s half price for children.


Tickets £6 from the Crown Inn at Weston on 01295 760310 or Tom Pomeroy on 01295 760762 or

> Paulerspury Players have also chosen Aladdin for their 23rd pantomime, at the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, February 13 to 16.

The lively script by Steve Shaw takes many twists and turns before the hero evades the bumbling palace police, Woo and Choo, defeats the wicked Abanaza and wins the hand of the princess.

Performances are at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children and concessions, from 0845 8334910 and 01327 811578.