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The Hertford Theatre Does it Again in the Panto Department   

I always thoroughly enjoy the Hertford Theatre productions and this year’s pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood, is no different. With the intertwining fairytales of the Three Little Pigs and Little Red, the storyline keeps engaging interest for all ages.


It starts with simple Simon, the pig farmer, and his friendship with Little Red. They’re each on their own journeys with Simon searching for his lost little pigs and Red on a journey to deliver some meds to her ill grannie. The trip to grannie’s humble abode has Little Red wandering from set to colourful set meeting many full-of-life characters and most of them are the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As with any pantomime, there’s the interjection of fun and poppy music. With a play on many pop culture ditties, the journey of tunes carries you from the recurring theme song of Friends, to Coldplay favourites, and some Mary Poppins standards. Familiar songs kept the audience toe tapping, interactively singing, and cast supportive throughout.


Which brings us to the cast…The following words come to mind: magnificent chemistry, quality acting and choreography, and superb vocals. One of the best panto lineups the Hertford Theatre’s produced.


For the two hour and twenty minute runtime, the combination of story, music, and interactivity kept my almost six-year old and me thoroughly entertained. It’s a wonderful Christmas treat for 2016 and we’re looking forward to next year’s production.

Little Red Riding Hood is running at the Hertford Theatre until 1 January so get your tickets fast:




Big Wooden Horse and Nick Brooke Limited present:
Aliens Love Underpants


Laugh your pants off with this number one bestselling children’s story, brought to life on stage for the very first time.
Hold on to your bloomers and prepare for a pant-abulous, knicker-tastic adventure.

This national bestseller and much-loved family favourite is reimagined for the stage for the very first
time, with special effects, original music, lots of aliens and many, many pants.
Created by children’s theatre company Big Wooden Horse and produced by Nick Brooke, this must-see production comes to Hertford Theatre as part of its nationwide tour.
Aliens Love Underpants tells the story of a gang of mischievous aliens on a visit to earth, travelling not to visit to the earthlings, but simply to steal their underpants!

Silly, quirky and irresistibly fun, the show follows the aliens as they ransack the washing line on their search for pants–big and small, red or green. They love Grandma’s spotted bloomers, while Grandad’s long johns make for the perfect slide!
The book, written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort, was selected for Richard and Judy’s Children’s Book Club with the help of pupils from schools around the UK, and has been hugely popular since it was first published in 2007.
Director Adam Bampton-Smith said, “This funny and colourful book makes a wonderful stage show, which is just right for a family audience. It’s simply pantastic!”

Big Wooden Horse strive to present high quality theatre to younger audiences across the United Kingdom. They believe that young people deserve the highest quality that a professional theatre company can offer. The company’s productions aim to both entertain and inform young people, drawing from different cultures and traditions.

Nick Brooke Ltd, established in 2002, is a West End-based entertainment production company, specialising in children’s theatre. In 2005, the company presented its first children’s production, The Gruffalo, a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s award-winning children’s picture book. This production has toured the UK extensively since then and has enjoyed six successful West End Christmas seasons. The company’s other children’s productions include We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Tickets can be booked via www.hertfordtheatre.com or 01992 531500 and cost £11 each or £42 for a family ticket.