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Beauty and the Beast, 2017

This year, fall in love with South Hill Park and the classic fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast…

France, 17th Century. Belle is clever and beautiful: a true modern princess! She and her best friend, Zut Alors (a talking horse), travel through the country and encounter some enchanted characters along the way, including a Good Fairy, self-centred Norbere, a Bad Fairy and the cursed Beast. She must fight for her friends when they are captured by the Bad Fairy and face her fears at the same time. Luckily, love sprouts even in the most unlikely of places…

From the team that brought you Cinderella (2016-2017), Sleeping Beauty (2015-2016 and Aladdin (2014-2015), Beauty and the Beast is a fun-filled adventure for all the family to enjoy!

With fan favourite Brad Clapson returning as the Good Fairy, South Hill Park present their most festive pantomime yet.

For more information, click here. Book your tickets online through the Box Office (01344 484 123).

Special Performances
ADULTS ONLY Performances – Over 18 years only

Wednesday 13th, Friday 15th and 22nd December at 7pm. Adult Night Performance Prices: £20, Conc £18 (Senior Citizens, Student, UB40) Groups 16+ £14pp. Children under 18 are not permitted to attend this performance. No family or child tickets are available for ADULT ONLY performances.

BSL (British Sign Language) signed performance

Saturday 9th December at 2pm.

Relaxed ‘Autism-friendly’ performance

Tuesday 5th December at 2pm will be a relaxed performance where the house lights are left low, pyrotechnics and sound levels reduced.

A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.

Cast Biographies

Faye Ellen is Belle

Since graduating from Italia Conti Arts Centre in 2013 Faye’s work has included; Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Epsom Playhouse), Natalie in Next to Normal (New Wimbledon Theatre), Princess So Shi in Aladdin (The Palace Theatre), Amanda Feelgood in Feelgood Academy (Stratford Circus) and Lead vocalist for P&O. Faye is represented by Russell Smith Associates and is thrilled to play the part of Belle in Beauty & the Beast this Christmas. Enjoy the show!

 

 

Matthew Houston is The Beast/Prince

After training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Matthew has worked both on screen (BBC’s The Coroner and Casualty) and on the stage (The Curing Room, Trying to Find Chinatown).
In August 2017, Matthew received the award for Best International Actor at the Seoul WebFest in South Korea, for his role as Darren in the multi-award winning comedy series Darren Has a Breakdown.
Matthew also works regularly as a voice actor from his studio in London.

 

Tom Pepper is Zut Alors

Tom trained at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) and Exeter University. Theatre Credits: European Premiere of Yank the Musical (Hope Mill Theatre & Charing Cross Theatre) London as Cohen/Tennessee, Elvis Horsepole in Andy Capp the Musical (Finborough Theatre), Deputy in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), Custus/Fight Captain in Crazy For You (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Daryl Grady in Curtains (Landor Theatre) and Patrick in Sniper (Upstairs at the Arts Theatre).

TV credits include: Drifters, Grandpa in My Pocket, Red Dwarf and Boots Summer Campaign 2017.

 

Brad Clapson is Gabby (The Good Fairie)

Brad is so happy to be returning to his hometown and his favourite Theatre! He is very happy to wave his magic wand and play the Good Fairy… His Dad is very proud!  Brad’s acting credits include: Cockatoo in the UK Tour of AnimAlphabet (Hit the Mark Productions), Ugly Sister in Cinderella (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), Man 3 in Putting it Together, Hobby in Teechers (Blackeyed Theatre Company), Wishee Washee in Aladdin (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), Swing Singer in Swingin’ in Slippers (The Hideaway), Lead Male Singer in Keep Smiling Through (Waterloo East/Edinburgh Festival) and Narrator/Cabaret Act in Le Ronde – A New Gay Musical (Homo Promos). Choreography Credits include: Oz Revisted and Oliver! (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Hit the Mark Productions) and Movement Director for Ben Hur (Reading Rep). Brad is also the Artistic Director for Omni Theatre – omnitheatre.co.uk.

 

Heather Wilson is Gobby (The Evil Fairie)

Heather’s first performance at South Hill Park was in 1992 in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as an Oompa Loompa, thankfully this typecasting has ended for her and she finally gets to be the baddie. SHP holds many happy memories for her and has played an integral part in her acting career. Heather is a Roleplay Associate for Centrestage (2015-2017) and is also a Voiceover Artist for Patten Ash Productions (2014 – 2017). Credits include: Magenta in Rocky Horror Experience (Omni Theatre), Orange Girl in SHOUT: The Mod Musical (Hit the Mark Productions) and various roles in the Netherlands Tour of Phileas Fogg (2016).

 

 

Craig Rhys Barlow is Norbere

Craig trained with National Youth Theatre of Wales and Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Theatre credits include ‘Houdini/Willie Conklin’ in Ragtime at The Landor (Winner of ‘Best Ensemble’ at Off-West-End Awards 2012), the titular roles in both Ali Baba & Robinson Crusoe at The Theatre, Chipping Norton, ‘Storyteller (Cover Adam)’ in Children of Eden at the Prince of Wales Theatre, ‘Cousin Kevin’ in The Who’s Tommy at the English Theatre Frankfurt/European Tour & the titular role in Dick Whittington at Chelmsford Civic Theatre. Craig is also a member of The Barricade Boys, The Tenors of Rock & The Fly Boys.

Onscreen appearances include Betfair’s “Tap, Tap, Boom!” advertising campaign (2016/17) & ITV Wales’ Jacob’s Ladder (2003). In the summer of 2016 Craig completed filming for Sisters from Tornado Studios & when it is released in 2018 it will mark his first appearance in a feature film.

Praise for our Pantos

South Hill Park’s pantomimes have gained a reputation by both critics and audience members as high-quality, high-energy productions, with an enthusiastic cast and creatives, as well as entertaining scripts, catch tunes and spectacular sets.

Cinderella (2016)

‘The effervescent production of Cinderella showing at South Hill Park was full of vim and verve, with a very effective feel-good factor that had the audience in raptures.’

Henley Standard

 

 ‘…this year’s Cinderella continued to impress with a very enjoyable, high quality must-see family panto that we’ve come to expect.’                                     

Maidenhead Advertiser

 

 ‘This is a solid pantomime buoyed by its vibrancy, which never wavers’

 The Stage

 

Sleeping Beauty (2015)

‘It’s a festive phenomenon! I don’t know how they do it, but do it they do! South Hill Park’s panto is once again a brilliant, fun packed family seasonal showstopper.’     Windsor Express

 

‘Another fab and funny show for families at South Hill Park… certainly one to watch.’

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‘The standard of the pantos at the Wilde Theatre have always been high over the years, but ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has raised the bar…’

Maidenhead Advertiser

 

Aladdin (2014)

‘…they provided chuckles aplenty in an evening in which the whole cast provided as much festive fun, music, dance and magic that you could wish for’

Maidenhead Advertiser

 

‘Audiences can expect one of the most original shows in all of panto land…’

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