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!
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.
For panto we will have full houses of intergenerational audiences, all shouting and singing in the auditorium, and milling about around the building. We believe the best way to keep them and the cast as safe as possible, in the circumstances, is to know that everyone has tested negative and is wearing a mask.
Please consider the safety and reassurance of all our customers and staff by:
- Bringing proof of a negative lateral flow test from the past 24 hours, and having it ready for us to check on arrival*.
- Bringing a face covering with you and wearing it whilst in our venue and during performances (unless exempt).
- Considering your distance from others.
- Taking care over handwashing. We will continue to provide hand sanitiser around the building.
All public areas will continue to have enhanced cleaning and regular fogging. Our 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.
*What we require as proof is the email or text that is generated when you register a negative lateral flow test online, which you can do here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. If you cannot show a screenshot or printed out copy of this, we will accept a photograph of the test (from within the past 24 hours).
The test kits can be collected from most pharmacies and by post, and there is no charge for either the test or registering it on the gov.uk site. You can find your local stockists here https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/location/Guildford, or you can order tests to be posted to you from this link https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
Meet the Cast!
Find out more about the cast
Peter Gordon - Dame Sally the Cook
Peter Gordon will take on the role of our loveable Dame, Sally the Cook, in what will be his 15th Yvonne Arnaud panto appearance (oh yes it will!). PG is a broadcaster & local legend, known for his 25 years at Eagle Radio and can now be found on the airwaves of BBC Surrey and other local radio stations.
Kit Hesketh Harvey - King Rat
Get your boos, hisses and sneers at the ready for this really rotten rodent! The evil King Rat will be played by Guildford's favourite villain, Kit Hesketh Harvey, following his roles in eight previous Yvonne Arnaud pantos! As well as being outrageously evil in our pantomimes, Kit is well known on the cabaret circuit, previously as part of Kit and the Widow and now tours as part of Kit and McConnell.
James Merry - Idle Jack
Prepare for slapstick silliness aplenty as James Merry plays the very snoozy Idle Jack! James is best known for his role as Simon Brooklyn Bell in CBeebies's popular BAFTA-nominated series Waffle the Wonder Dog. James lives in Guildford and is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, having performed previously at the Yvonne Arnaud whilst studying!
Robbie Scott - Dick Whittington
Our adventurous Gloucestershire lad, Dick Whittington, is played by Robbie Scott. ArtsEd graduate Robbie's credits while training include Cats the Musical and Kipps: Half a Sixpence. He also performed at the 2019 Olivier Awards as part of the ArtsEd Choir.
Maya Elliott - Alice Fitzwarren
Fiery, hardworking shop owner and businesswoman Alice will be played by Maya Elliott. Maya has appeared in ArtsEd’s productions of Ragtime and Cats the Musical, as well as The BRIT School’s Kiss Me Kate and the British Theatre Academy’s The Color Purple.
Jake Ibelo - Tomi the Cat
Tomi the Cat, Dick’s smart and street-wise partner in crime, will be played by Jake Ibelo. Jake’s credits include King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre); Sweeney Todd and Twelfth Night (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), and Bruce in the RSC’s West End production of Matilda.
Elizabeth Rowe - Fairy Bowbells
Elizabeth Rowe is Fairy Bowbells, a friendly fairy who helps Dick along his journey with plenty of songs and sparkles. Actor-musician Elizabeth’s previous credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (New Wolsey Ipswich and Nuffield Southampton); numerous projects at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, and in the brilliantly raucous Oliver! With a Twist! (Leicester Square Theatre).
Food & Drink
Our Café and Bar will be open before this performance and during the interval.
We will be serving drinks and light snacks, as well sweets, ice creams and festive fare. We are no longer taking bookings for pre-show dining.
Beat the queues, pre-order your drinks and snacks now!
You can now order your pre-show and interval* drinks, snacks, and ice creams for this show to save you time when you visit!
Purchase in advance by clicking the link below and they will be waiting for you to collect at your chosen time and location.
We now accept Theatre Tokens!
You can now use your national Theatre Tokens to purchase tickets with us by entering your 14-digit token number and 4-digit pin on the pay screen when booking.
You can also purchase Theatre Tokens from the Box Office.
You can still also purchase and redeem our Yvonne Arnaud Gift Vouchers at the Box Office, or online, here.