Meet the Cast
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: David Greenwood. Running a theatre company was possibly even more challenging 400 years ago than today. It's a good thing David's in charge.
Edward Kynaston: Matt Fowler. Following his excellent performances in "84 Charing Cross Road" and "After Magritte", Matt is back to entertain us all.
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 it's great to also have her back on stage.
Lady Castlemaine: Joanna Weller. Having had great success in "Ladies Day" in 2019, Joanna will be showing an altogether different side.
Queen Catherine: Helen Phillips. Having sung and danced her way through Panto, Helen's more regal air is on display tonight.
John Dryden: Mike Byrne. From hapless would be villain to thoughtful playwright, nothing is too much for Mike.
Ned Spiggett: Toby Milton. Another debutant for the Thespians. Welcome Toby, we hope you enjoy the experience.
Louise de Keroualle: Helen Phillips. Two appearances in one night for multi-talented Helen who now 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.
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 "Nell Gwynn", 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 our last 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 2019's Cinderella.
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.
Junior Chorus: To be announced.
Director: Sally Waghorn. Is there nothing she can't do? Fresh from directing Just What The Doctor Ordered! and appearing in Nell Gwynn, Sally is back in the saddle with a true Panto classic.