Tickets are going fast for the Hollingbourne annual pantomime of The Pied Piper of Hamelin that is to be performed in the Village Hall from 8th to 11th February. The show is the 39th annual production by the Hollingbourne Pantomime Group and it is written and directed by Peter Bonds. The Musical director is Phillip Reed.
The pantomime is based on the a supposedly true event in the Brunswick town of Hamelin when the town was invaded by rats in 1284. It is different from the Robert Browning version of the famous story. The part of the Pied Piper is played by Glenn Bryan and Graham Wood is the Dame.
Tickets are on sale in Christopher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street and cost £9 (£6 for concessions). Performances are at 7.45pm each evening with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 11th February.
Rehearsals have been under way since the start of November and pictured below are some of the cast at a recent Sunday night run through in the Village Hall.
Pictured (top left) are the rats played by the children’s chorus in the Town Square, (top right), the Mayor (Colin Leggat) facing a delegation of townspeople led by Beefy (Jonathan Barry) who are angry about the invasion of rats, (bottom left) Graham Wood as the Dame in costume, and (bottom right) a scene in the kitchen with left to right Billie Palmer as Dick (principal boy) who is left behind when the Piper takes the children away, Emma Peters (principal girl) as Fanny who is the daughter of the Pied Piper, Colin Leggat as the Mayor, Graham Wood in costume, and Lynn Bryan as Mercy who is the wife of the Mayor.