Meet the Cast
Just What The Doctor Ordered!
Well, where to start? Perhaps on this occasion we might just say that tonight you will get the opportunity to see many of our finest performers all in one place at one time.
The evening will be compered by Richard Weller & Tony Creasey with contributions throughout the evening from Mike Byrne, Sacha Blackwood, Alan Thornhill, Tony Carpenter, Sally Waghorn, Kim Seymour, Jo Weller, Vicki Gavin, Matt Fowler, Rob Lloyd , Helen Phillips, Jude Perrett, Caroline Thompson, Adrian Stent, David Greenwood and Jon Foster.
The show will be directed by Sally Waghorn
Jack & The Beanstalk
Jack: Gemma Bowles. Our favourite thigh slapping principal boy is back in the shorty shorts and ready to save the day again.
Simple Simon: Naomi Robertson. Fresh from playing the title role in "Puss in Boots", Naomi will be entertaining everyone in Old Windy Bottom.
Dame Dotty Dimple: Tony Creasey. There's certainly no one like this Dame as the greatest of them all returns once again.
Piccalilli the Witch: Linnet Bird. Boo and hiss all you like, our Linnet is made of truly horrible stuff - when the part demands of course.
Sugardust the Fairy: Helen Phillips: One half of the Babs and Betty double act in last years panto is back, this time brandishing a wand.
Rancid the Ratman: Adrian Stent. Rancid by name, rancid by.... oh you get the gist. Get those boos ready boys and girls.
King Crumble: Howard Bicknell. Regal, poised and statesmanlike. Just three words never used to describe our muddle headed monarch.
Queen Apricot: Vicky Gavin. Stand by everyone, the queen is on the march and no one gets the better of this right on the money Royal.
Princess Charlotte: Hannah Lucas. A very big welcome to Hannah making her first ever appearance in Panto. Not the last we'll warrant.
Snatchett: Mike Byrne. Uh oh, here comes trouble. As long as he doesn't have his partner in crime with him, we should be alright.
Scarper: Rob Lloyd. Oh dear! A welcome return for Rob following his appearance as an (extremely) ugly sister in Cinderella last year.
Giant Buster Gut-Bucket: Rob Thrower. Yikes! The Giant isn't happy and everyone is going to know about it.
Humphrey: Jasper Gammon. Looking after the King & Queen is nobody's idea of fun but surely nothing can go wrong. Can it?
Magic Harp: Ant Roy. Another debutant, not only to Panto but to the Thespians. Hope you enjoy it Ant.
Buttercup: Front - Kim Seymour Back - Debbie Impiazzi. We're looking forward to a truly mooving performance ladies. Don't let anyone tell you udderwise.
Chorus: Rob Thrower, Jasper Gammon, Ant Roy, Eric Collins, Matt Fowler, Tom Burke, Debbie Bowyer, Robyn Davies, Ana Ochoa-Fagan, Debra Allen, Ingrid Collins.
Director: Sally Waghorn. Is there nothing she can't do? Straight from directing and appearing in Just What The Doctor Ordered!, Sally is back in the saddle with a true Panto classic.
by Jessica Swale
Nell Gwynn: Naomi Robertson. You can't keep a good girl down. Naomi will be bringing all her renowned sparkle and personality to 17th century London
King Charles II: Richard Weller. It's two monarchs in a row for Richard having been a rather more diffident King Wally the Won't in Puss in Boots
Charles Hart: Ed Glass. We are delighted to welcome Ed making his debut for the Thespians
Thomas Killigrew: Rob Lloyd. Running a theatre company was possibly even more challenging 400 years ago than today. It's a good thing Rob's in charge.
Edward Kynaston: Tony Carpenter. Very well known in local theatrical circles for many fine performances, Tony is also one half of Lucky Dog Productions, purveyors of terrific Laurel & Hardy tribute shows
Rose Gwynn: Kim Seymour. After an intense period of directing and choreography for a number of local societies, it is wonderful to have Kim back on stage.
Nancy: Sally Waghorn. Sally fulfils multiple roles for the Thespians both in the public eye and behind the scenes and returns to the stage following her appearance as Babs (or was it Betty?) in Puss in Boots.
Lady Castlemaine: Caroline Thompson. Having had great success in "Ladies Day" in 2019, Caroline will be showing an altogether different side.
Queen Catherine: Joanna Weller. Another "Ladies Day" alumni being rather more regal on this occasion.
John Dryden: Mike Byrne. From hapless would be villain to thoughtful playwright, nothing is too much for Mike.
Ned Spiggett: Dan Wigmore. Multi talented Dan will be making his final appearance for the Thespians prior to joining Guildford School of Acting.
Louise de Keroualle: Helen Phillips. Our Panto good fairy gets to regale us all in French. Fancy!
Old Ma Gwynn: Jude Perrett. Following a short but devastating appearance in "84 Charing Cross Road", Jude is back to shake us all up again.
William: Eric Collins. The glue that holds us all together! What would we do without him?
Director: Adrian Stent. Following his enormous success as Director of "Evita" for the Haslemere Players, Adrian is making his directorial debut for the Thespians in suitably bodice ripping style.