Our 2021-2022 pantomime:

Dick Whittington


Join us for a pussycat and rat-packed panto party!

Dick Whittington’s heading to seek his fame and fortune in that there London - he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there he can’t see the gold beneath the grime, and the evil King Rat is out to get him! With his loyal cat by his side will he be able to save the city? He’s going to need a little help from you to win the day.

Book now for this purrfect Christmas treat - this panto will be a Whitting-tonne of fun!

A blue square with Kit Hesketh Harvey dressed in a rat costume.


The evil King Rat will be played by Guildford's favourite villain, Kit Hesketh Harvey, following his roles in eight previous Arnaud pantos!

A blue square with Peter Gordon dressed in a pink dame costume.


Peter Gordon will take the role of our loveable Dame, Sally the cook, in what will be his 15th Yvonne Arnaud panto appearance (oh yes it will!). 

A blue square with James Merry dressed as Idle Jack.


We're pleased to introduce James Merry as Idle Jack. James is best known for his role as Simon Brooklyn Bell in CBeebies’ popular BAFTA-nominated series Waffle The Wonder Dog.

Further casting to be announced.

Panto Costumes for King Rat & Sally the Cook by Jamie Attle from previous productions.


Visiting the theatre safely

As we welcome you back to the Yvonne Arnaud, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

How we can all work together to stay safe:

  • We ask that you consider others and continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst in our venue.
  • Please consider your distance from others and follow the one-way system around the building.
  • Please take care over handwashing. We will continue to provide hand sanitiser around the building.
  • All public areas will have continue to have enhanced cleaning and regular fogging.
  • All staff, performers, and volunteers will continue to be regularly tested and will wear face coverings.

We ask that whatever your views on social distancing and mask wearing, you respect everyone in the theatre and their choices.

Making a booking.

To reduce contact, tickets will only continue to only be available via email. You will not be able to collect tickets from the Box Office. If you are able to open your tickets, from your email, on your mobile phone or tablet, you can just show them to us on this device rather than printing them at home.

We are now selling all performances at full capacity, even if they were originally sold as socially distanced. You are now able to book for groups of any size and with those outside of your household.

If you would prefer not to be too close to other visitors, please contact the box office and we will do our best to recommend a performance or seats which may offer more space. 

Book with confidence!

Rest assured, should you have to isolate due to Covid-19 when you are due to come to a booked event, we will happily help you out.

Where possible, we will move you to a different performance of the same show. If this isn't possible, we will give you a gift voucher for the price of your ticket, valid for 12 months from date of issue, so that you can come and see something else when your isolation is over!

Please contact the Box Office with as much notice as possible before the show to arrange this. We are unable to do this retrospectively after a show.

As is always the case, should an event be cancelled we will issue a full refund.

Whilst you are at the theatre.

We ask that if you, or any of your party, meet any of the following criteria on the day of the performance, that you do not attend:

  • In the last 10 days, have developed Covid-19 symptoms.
  • In the last 10 days, have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • In the last 10 days, have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • In the last 10 days, have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace system and told to self-isolate.

You are no longer required to undergo a temperature check, or to check-in on the NHS Test and Trace app.

There will be multiple hand sanitiser stations set up around the building. We ask that you continue to take care over handwashing, consider your proximity to others, and consider the safety of others and wear a face covering (unless exempt) when in our venue.

Our Café will be open before each event. We serve a range of alcoholic, hot, and soft drinks, as well as snacks and light meals. You can find out more about our food and drink offer, and view our current menu here.

We ask that you consider paying via contactless or card to help limit contact.

The cloakroom will continue to be closed. You will be able to take your belongings into the auditorium with you, but please bring the minimum number of personal items needed.


Prices from £23.50 - £32.00

Prices for our relaxed performance (Sat 18 Dec, 10:30am): £14.50

Children Under 16 - £3 off all seats and performances excluding the relaxed performance.

Groups of 10+ - £3 0ff for red performances. 

School Groups - All seats for red performances £12 each +1 free teacher ticket per 10 students

Prices include all applicable fees & levies.
Only one concession per ticket applies.


Venue: Main House

Running Time: To Be Confirmed

Show Times

Fri 3 Dec - 7pm
Sat 4 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Sun 5 Dec - 1pm | 5pm
Tue 7 Dec - 1pm | 7pm
Wed 8 Dec - 10:30am | 2:30pm
Thu 9 Dec - 10:30am | 7pm
Fri 10 Dec - 1pm | 7pm
Sat 11 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Sun 12 Dec - 1pm | 5pm
Tue 14 Dec - 1pm
Wed 15 Dec - 10:30am | 2:30pm | 7pm*
Thu 16 Dec - 10:30am | 2:30pm
Sat 18 Dec - 10:30am** | 2:30pm | 7pm
Sun 19 Dec - 1pm | 5pm
Mon 20 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Tue 21 Dec - 10:30am | 2:30pm | 7pm
Wed 22 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Thu 23 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Fri 24 Dec - 1pm | 5pm
Sun 26 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Mon 27 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Tue 28 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Wed 29 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Thu 30 Dec - 2:30pm | 7pm
Fri 31 Dec - 1pm | 5pm
Sun 2 Jan - 1pm | 5pm
Mon 3 Jan - 10:30am | 2:30pm
Wed 5 Jan - 7pm
Thu 6 Jan - 1pm | 7pm
Fri 7 Jan - 7pm
Sat 8 Jan - 2:30pm | 7pm
Sun 9 Jan - 1pm | 5pm

* British Sign Language Interpreted performance
**Relaxed Performance


Access tickets available.
Please contact the Box Office to book.
For more info on Accessibility, click here.

British Sign Language Interpreted Performance - Wed 15 Dec, 7pm

Relaxed Performance - Sat 18 Dec, 10:30am
Our Relaxed Performance is adapted in a variety of ways for customers who may benefit from a more relaxed environment which allows you to make noise and come and go from the Auditorium if you need to take a break.

To book for the Relaxed Performance, please contact the Box Office.