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June 2018: HARPENDEN CHORUS AND DWARF AUDITIONS. Sunday 10th June at Harpenden Public Halls,  Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PD. Those wishing to be considered as dancers will be auditioned from 10am – 12pm Those wishing to be considered as dwarfs will be auditioned from 1pm – 3pm

 

June 2018: We are so excited to be starting our chorus auditions this month! Don't forget if you are attending any of our auditions you must fill out an auditon form and bring it with you on the day, you can either download a form from the website or get in touch with the office at admin@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk.

 

May 2018: EXCITING NEWS FOR ALL PRO DANCERS - we will be releasing our audition date to cast all of our professional dancers within the next week. These will be open auditions held at The Pineapple Dance studio's in London this September.

 

May 2018: We are looking forward to meeting all of our hopeful auditionees this Month here at the head office. We have two jam packed days of auditions and can't wait to meet you all.

 

April 2018: The calls are coming in and our panto pooch auditions are looking like they are going to be great fun - don't forget if you want your pooch to rise to stardom contact the office today on 01775 712359 to book their audition slot on Saturday 30th June 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

 

April 2018: Don't forget we are now busy sending out all of our chorus audition packs for each of our pantomimes this year. If you would like an audition pack for any of our fabulous venues please contact Danielle by emailing admin@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk or give the office a call on 01775 712359 where we will get one straight out to you.

 

March 2018: PRINCIPAL CASTING AND DANCERS- we are accepting CV’s between now and 6th June

Please DO NOT just email us a link to your website to download a CV. We will NOT open these due to risk of viruses. Check out our CASTING 18 link to find out more.

 

March 2018: PANTO POOCH AUDITIONS: We are holding auditions on Saturday 30th June from 6pm-7pm for our Panto Pooch that will star alongside Belle in Beauty and the Beast at The Brindley, Runcorn. Prebooking is required, so please email admin@polkadotpantomimes with your details.

 

March 2018: We are excited to announce that we can now share with you all our dates for this year's childrens auditions.

HARPENDEN - SUNDAY 10TH JUNE, DANCERS 10AM - 12PM, DWARFS 1PM - 3PM AT HAPENDEN PUBLIC HALLS

CLACTON - FRIDAY 15TH JUNE, MICHAELS AND JOHNS 5PM - 6PM, LOST BOYS AND DANCERS 6.30PM - 8.30PM AT THE PRINCES THEATRE

GRAYS - SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 10AM - 1PM AT THE THAMESIDE THEATRE

BARKING - SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 2.15PM - 4.15PM AT THE BROADWAY THEATRE

GRANTHAM - SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 10AM - 12PM AT THE GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE

SPALDING - SATURDAY 7TH JULY 10AM - 12PM AT THE SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE

STAMFORD - SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2PM - 4PM AT THE STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE

To download an audition pack click on CHORUS 18 - we look forward to seeing you all there!

 

February 2018: LOOK OUT for childrens chorus audition dates to be announced next week on here under the Chorus 2018 banner or on our Facebook page.

 

February 2018: **NEWS FLASH**

Tuesdays don't get much better than this one!!

We are THRILLED to announce that we have just been awarded the contract to produce the pantomime at The Thameside Theatre for another 3 years , chuffed is an understatement!

Tickets will go on sale for ALADDIN early March...watch this space and we will let you know just as soon as they are released.

Everyone at HQ is very much looking forward to working with Mark, Dianna and the team at The Thameside again and we look forward to welcoming our audiences back later in the year.

 

February 2018: We are VERY excited to announce that we have been awarded a new contract to produce the pantomime at Harpenden Public Halls this Christmas‼

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs will be taking place from 8-30 December 2018 and tickets are now on sale!

We are looking forward to working with the great team at Harpenden Public Halls and especially excited say that we will be auditioning local children from Harpenden and the surrounding areas for them to be able to take part in the pantomime.....we can't wait!

Watch this space for further news  

 

February 2018: Time for a short rest! (OH YES IT IS) As January has drawn to a close, Polka Dot Pantomimes HQ are taking a short break, now that all the sets and costumes are cleaned and washed and sets repaired and glitter topped up and returned back to our store.

But you can still start planning for this years season, tickets are already on sale at most of our locations, with some Christmas Eve shows already sold out and schools are booking already to ensure they get their Christmas fix! so all in all, behind the scenes of Polka Dot Pantomimes takes a short rest, our theatres and audiences firmly have pantomimes in their minds!

 

January 2018: Yes, i know it's only January but i'm delighted to announce some of our pantomimes for this season!

South Holland Centre, Spalding - Jack and the Beanstalk

The Broadway, Barking - Beauty and the Beast

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham - Dick Whittington

Princes Theatre, Clacton - Peter Pan

The Brindley, Runcorn - Beauty and the Beast

Stamford Arts Centre - Dick Whittington

Tickets are available to purchase now! Why not get organised and get your Christmas or New Year treat booked.

 

January 2018: That's a wrap! With Sleeping Beauty at The Brindley finishing today, that's our final curtain call for this season. Thank you again to everyone involved, we could all do with sleeping for 100 years, but there is no time to rest here. All sets, costumes and props have been returned to our store for sorting, cleaning, repairing and getting ready for the 2018/19 season.

 

January 2018: Despite only a short run of 11 shows in 4 days, Rapunzel finishes today at the Stamford Arts Centre. Success being an understatement. All shows were sold out, so all performances were to a packed audience! What a brilliant achievement. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work in putting together such a fantastic produciton, it was great to see the hillarious Phil Norton return to the stage. We look forward to next years show!

 

January 2018: Peter Pan also fly's for the last time through the streets of Grantham today. The show has received some amazing reviews from local and national press, we cannot wait for next year's production! Thank you to all the cast, crew and everyone else that was involved to make this a great success.

 

January 2018: It's Grays turn today for it's final curtain call. Beauty and the Beast finishs today after a highly successful 6 week run. Stevi Ritchie has been entertaining the crowds with rapturous applause. Thank  you to everyone for being a part of this record breaking production.

 

January 2018: RAPUNZEL opens this week at the Stamford Arts Centre. with 90% of the seats currently sold for the 11 shows, if you are hoping to see this pantomime then book your tickets now. Phil Norton makes a return to the stage as Loopy Louie. A production that is fun for all the family. So hurry and book those last remaining seats!

 

January 2018: Peter Pan in Grantham is into it's final week with some fantastic offers of 10% off tickets for this week only. Why not pop down to the Guildhall Arts Centre and treat yourself to see this swashbuckling adventure with returning guest star John Highton as Mrs Smee.

 

January 2018: It's only the first day of 2018 and another one of our amazing pantomimes closes. Beauty and the Beast in Clacton had it's final performance today. Thank you to the gorgeous Dan Osborne for being a part of this fantastic production and to all the cast, crew, chaperones, childrens chorus and of course the audiences for making it a show to remember.

 

December 2017: From all the staff at HQ, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. See you in 2018!

 

December 2017: That's a wrap for Spalding and Barking. Fantastic record breaking pantomimes. Thank you to everyone for making them such a huge success.

 

December 2017: We hope you had a great Christmas, we can't believe it's only a couple of days till some of our productions close. It's not too late to grab those last minute tickets.

 

December 2017: It's Christmas Eve and every theatre is a sell out. With many cast and crew heading home for the Christmas break on behalf of everyone here at Polka Dot Pantomimes, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. But don't forget some theatres have shows on Boxing Day so if you are at a loose end, why not come and watch our amazing productions.

 

December 2017: The pantomimes are all in full swing, 2018 isn't far away so we are starting to announce our productions for next year. The fabulous Princes Theatre, Clacton will host Peter, Wendy, Michael and John in the swashbuckling adventure, PETER PAN! Dame Trott and her beloved son Jack will be staring on stage at the South Holland Centre, Spalding in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK and DICK WHITTINGTON will be appearing on stage at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham. Tickets are already on sale

 

December 2017: Having done a whirlwind tour of all our productions and had some amazing feedback and reviews, it's been a fantastic year for everyone involved within our productions. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

 

December 2017: Our final pantomime opening today for 2017 is Sleeping Beauty at the amazing theatre The Brindley in Runcorn. Look out for the photos on our Facebook page. Everything looks amazing!

 

December 2017: It's opening weekend for three of our pantomimes, Beauty and the Beast in Clacton, Peter Pan in Grantham and our home town pantomime of Aladdin. Good luck to everyone! Break a leg! (not literally though)

 

December 2017: It's Grantham and Spalding's turn today for the cast to commence with their rehearsals. Good luck everyone!

 

December 2017: It's opening show day for our Beauty and the Beast pantomime at the Thameside Theatre, this truly is a magical pantomime and one not to be missed. Good luck to all cast, crew and childrens chorus. Thank you to all the chaperones for your help too!

 

November 2017: Rehearsals have started at the Princes Theatre, Clacton. TOWIE star Dan Osborne is appearing as the handsome GASTON. Tickets are very limited so book now or miss out!

 

November 2017: It's final rehearsals for the cast for our Cinderella pantomime at The Broadway theatre, Barking. Opening show this evening at 6.30pm! Good luck everyone BREAK A LEG! (Not literally)

 

November 2017: The wonderful chorus members did some exciting backing vocal recordings today for Beauty & the Beast at the Thameside Theatre. Such talented children, well done!  A great ending to a great weekend in the Polka Dot Pantomimes world!

 

November 2017: The cast of Peter Pan from The Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham are delighted to have been invited to Oldrids & Downtown for the launch of their Christmas grotto. Look out for the cast meeting and greeting everyone and having a go on the ice skating rink.

Look out for the cast tomorrow (Sunday 26) as they will be taking part in the South Kesteven District Council Christmas light switch on event - what a fun packed weekend for everyone

 

November 2017: Why not pop down to Galleons Reach this weekend and meet the cast of Cinderella. Who will be entertaining the crowds, just watch out for those awful ugly sisters being mean to poor Cinders!

 

November 2017: It's Spalding, Grantham and Clacton's turn this weekend for the commencement of their childrens chorus rehearsals. All children are now into rehearsals which is fantastic! We appreciate all the parents that have to take time out to Chaperone, or be taxi for their child as it is a big commitment giving up a lot of your november and December time.

 

November 2017: And so the rehearsals commence. This weekend we see the childrens chorus for our Barking, Grays and Runcorn pantomimes begin learning their routines for their pantomimes. Having seen what the Choreographers plan on teaching you all, you are certainly in for a treat.

 

October 2017: We have the last few places to fill for our crew positions, so if you have the experience and would like to apply for our Company Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager and other crew positions then please email Helen@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk with a copy of your CV.

 

October 2017: It was lovely seeing so many loved pets this weekend. We would like to welcome, Reggie, Tilly and Lola onboard. The cast of Beauty and the Beast in Grays cannot wait to meet you all!

 

October 2017: PANTO POOCH AUDITIONS: We are holding auditions on 21st October from 1pm-3pm for our Panto Pooch that will star alongside Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Thameside Theatre, Grays. Prebooking is required, so please email admin@polkadotpantomimes with your details.

 

October 2017: It's full steam ahead here at HQ, with only 6 weeks till out first lot of childrens chorus rehearsals commence, please ensure oyu have ordered the correct shoes and also the tights from Movedancewear. You don't need the tights for the rehearsals but certainly the shoes. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

 

September 2017: We are still looking for crew for our pantomimes. Company Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Managers etc, please apply with your full CV to Helen@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk

 

September 2017 WOW WOW and more WOW, with over 120 people turning up to the auditions at Pineapply, what a fantastic turn out. There is some amazing talent out there and trying to choose was very difficult for our judges! Well done to everyone!

 

September 2017: All spaces for Female pro dancers at the auditions are now full. We do however have spaces for males, please contact Darren@polkdotpantomimes.co.uk to book your space. PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP.

 

September 2017: PRO DANCER AUDITIONS. We are holding auditions for Pro Dancers for all our pantomimes on Tuesday 26th September from 11am-2pm at Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Garden, London. Must be proficient in Ballet, Street, Pas De Deux and Tap. Acro skills are an advantage but not essential. Must be able to understudy roles as

necessary so must be proficient in acting and singing skills. To register your place, please call 01775 712359 or email Darren@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk GOOD LUCK

 

August 2017: The cast from Beauty and the Beast will be guests this weekend at the Clacton Air Show. Celebrating 26 years of the show, the cast will be there to meet and greet you, have pictures and sign autographs. A great day for all the family!

 

August 2017: We are delighted to announce that TOWIE STAR DAN OSBORNE will be joining us in Beauty and the Beast in Clacton this year. Playing the ever mischievous  Gaston! Tickets for this tale as old as time are selling out fast. Don't delay book today!

 

July 2017: This weekend sees the last of our childrens auditions for our 2017 pantomimes, Beauty and the Beast at the Thameside Theatre, Grays and Cinderella at The Broadway Theatre, Barking. We anticipate a high turnout for these auditions, so remember to be on time, don't forget your paperwork and of course bring those smiles!

 

July 2017: Another amazing childrens audition day at Runcorn, the talent was incredible, it makes it such a hard decision for us. There are varying factors which we have to use to make our decisions. It could be that we need everyone to be roughly the same height or it's a show that requires more boys than girls. It is always a difficult one but we do have a reserve list and always have children that drop out for one reason and another. It's always worth checking prior to auditioning that your child's school will give them the time off as this has sometimes become of factor of children withdrawing and to go through and audition and be successful is amazing.

 

June 2017: What a fantastic turnout for our Grantham and Clacton childrens chorus auditions, as well as the lovely pooch's that arrived to be Belle's furry friend. This weekend sees the turn of The Brindley, for all children wanting to take part in our Sleeping Beauty pantomime. Don't forget to arrive on time and bring a drink with you! All this dancing is thirsty business!, see you Saturday.

 

June 2017: As well as the Clacton childrens chorus auditions this weekend, we also have our Pooch auditions. Do you have a pooch that is destined for stardom?  The hunt is on for this years Pantomime Pooch to star in Beauty and the Beast at the Princes Theatre, Clacton. Auditions are at the theatre on Saturday 25th June from 1-2pm. If you would like to pre register please call the office on 01775 712359, or email admin@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk, or you can just turn up. We hope to see your adorable Pooch's soon. WOOF

 

June 2017: This weekend sees the childrens auditions for both our Grantham and Clacton pantomimes. Grantham this year will host the amazing Peter Pan! So not only are we looking for a childrens chorus, we also require lost boys which can be played by both girls and boys and also Michaels and Johns.  What an amazing opportunity for all the local children.

 

June 2017: What a fantastic turnout at the weekend for the childrens chorus auditions in Spalding! Congratulations to all the children that were succesful, don't forget your paperwork needs to be back with me by 23rd July! Next is the turn of Grantham and Clacton on 25th June. Full steam ahead!

 

June 2017: WOW! We can't believe we are in June already! This can only mean one thing, it's the start of the childrens auditions! This week is the turn of our hometown of Spalding. All children wanting to audition for Aladdin are required to attend the South Holland Centre on Saturday 10th June at 10am. Please remember to bring the audition pack with you, filled out ready and also a drink! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

May 2017: We are pleased to announce the childrens chorus auditions for Rapunzel at the Stamford Arts Centre will be on Sunday 17th September from 1pm-3pm at the Arts Centre. You can download a pack from this website under the Chorus 17 tab, email admin@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk or call 01775 712359 and we will send a pack to you. GOOD LUCK!

 

May 2017: It's not long now till the childrens auditions start! Have you downloaded your pack off the website? Click on the Chorus 17 tab on the left hand side. This page will have all the packs for each pantomime. Each pack is full of information on what is expected at the auditions, times, location, it also contains the rehearsal dates for each pantomime. You must be able to commit to every date. Over the next 4-6 weeks we will audition hundreds of children at each location, we look forward to see old and new faces. Good luck everyone!

 

May 2017: We are delighted to reveal that X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother star Stevi Ritchie will star as French Franc in this years pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

Also joining the cast and back by popular demand is Grays very own Luke Coldham who played Smee in last year’s Peter Pan, and this year will return as Dame Dolly Doughnut which audiences will love!

 

May 2017: We are looking forward to our road trip to Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts for their annual showcase. Can't wait to see what incredible talent they have for us this year. #polkadotpantomimesfamily

 

May 2017: Our Polka Dot family is growing by the minute.  Hello and welcome to baby Raphie Jake born to Richard Marquiss and his wife Candice. He is beautiful. We look forward to meeting you very soon Raphie.

 

April 2017: Castings are in full swing here at HQ, it will soon be time for us to start searching for our loveable 4 legged friends to star in our Beauty and the Beast pantomimes in Clacton and Grays. Do you have a pooch that loves to perform? Well keep a look out for our pooch auditions coming soon!

 

April 2017: Don't forget, if you are wanting to take part in one of our amazing pantomimes as a principal cast member, email over your CV to darren@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk and for all Tech crew it's Helen@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk There is no time like the present to secure yourself work over the Christmas period. Don't just send showreels as these will not be opened due to virus'. A lovely picture and your CV will suffice. Thanks!

 

April 2017: Exciting news! Our first celebrity of this season has been confirmed! Keep an eye out for the announcement soon!

 

March 2017: Childrens chorus audition dates are now set, you can download a pack from this website under the Chorus 17 banner, select the pantomime you wish to audition for and click on the grey box with the venues name on it. Alternatively you can email admin@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk or call the office and they will send you a pack 01775 712359. Good luck everyone!

Cinderella, The Broadway,  Barking, Audition dates 9th July 2pm-5pm

Beauty and the Beast, Thameside Theatre, Grays, Audition dates 9th July 9am-12pm

Peter Pan, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, Audition dates 25th June, for dancers and lost boys it's 10am-12pm and for Michaels and Johns it's 12.30pm-1.30pm

Beauty and the Beast, Princes Theatre, Clacton, Audition dates 25th June 10am-12pm

Sleeping Beauty, The Brindley, Runcorn, Audition dates 1st July 2-5pm

Aladdin, South Holland Centre, Spalding, Audition dates 10th June 10am-12pm

 

March 2017: Exciting news about children's auditions coming this week. Keep a look out!!!

 

March 2017: HQ has officially started the countdown for this years pantomimes. So don't forget if you are wanting to take part as a principal actor then please send your CV to Darren@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk For all Tech crew it's Helen@polkadotpantomimes.co.uk There is no time like the present to get organised! Please do not send just showreels as these will not be opened due to virus' We hope to hear from you soon!

 

March 2017: The exciting launch of this years Clacton pantomime happens this Friday at 9am! Look out for more information on the show schedule and get your tickets booked!

 

February 2017: With all the sets and costumes now cleaned and washed and back at our store. It is now rest time for a couple of weeks before the craziness of the 2017 pantomime season starts.

But you can still start planning for this years season, tickets are already on sale at most of our locations, with some Christmas Eve shows already sold out and schools are booking already to ensure they get their Christmas fix! so all in all, behind the scenes of Polka Dot Pantomimes takes a short rest, our theatres and audiences firmly have pantomimes in their minds!

 

January 2017: The curtain has closed on our final pantomime of this season, Cinderella in Runcorn. A fantastic show to end the season on.

Once again we would like to thank all the cast, crew, children, chaperones, everyone that brought a ticket and to all that were involved within this show and all the other shows for that matter. THANK YOU!

 

January 2017: Aladdin has flown for the last time over Peking and Barking. Another outstanding show from the cast. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work on this amazing show. See you later in the year for Cinderella!

 

January 2017: Peter Pan has officially been the best pantomime ever at The Thameside Theatre. It's been an amazing run and we are so sad that it has to come to an end, but don't fear, Beauty and the Beast is back this year!

 

January 2017: Snow White in Grantham comes to a close this week but if you haven't had your fix of panto, this show moves to the Stamford Arts Centre, this weekend 6th-9th January, the shows are practically sold out so don't delay, book today!

 

January 2017: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

December 2016: As Spalding, Lytham and Clacton close this weekend and we head into 2017, we would like to thank all our cast, crew, children's chorus, chaperones and everyone that came to watch our pantomimes. Have a fabulous 2017.

 

December 2016: It's hard to believe that we are now talking about pantomimes finishing this week. It's all gone so fast but what an amazing run it's been.

 

December 2016: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

 

December 2016: It's hard to believe that it's Christmas Day tomorrow. Have a great Christmas everyone, for some, they have 1 day off as we have performances across the country on Boxing Day.

 

December 2016: What an amazing review from The Stage! They they thoroughly enjoyed their viewing of Beauty and the Beast at the South Holland Centre, Spalding! Have a read yourself! https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/beauty-and-the-beast-review-at-south-holland-centre-spalding/

 

December 2016: Another 2017 announcement, Cinderella will be gracing the stage at The Broadway Theatre, Barking. Beauty and the Beast will be heading to the Thameside Theatre Grays.

 

December 2016: We haven't even finished yet in Grantham yet we have next year's pantomime on sale already! Peter Pan will be flying across Grantham town in December 2017. Tickets are already selling well with Christmas Eve almost sold out!

 

December 2016: Time is flying by in pantoland with record breaking ticket sales over the the locations. These pantomimes are the best ever!

 

December 2016: Today it's the Lowther Pavilion's turn for their opening of Jack and the Beanstalk. The final of our pantomimes to open this year. Good luck to everyone. Look after Daisy for us!

 

December 2016: It's now the turn of Cinderella at The Brindley in Runcorn, featuring Lucken's real ponies. A classic pantomime featuring the beautiful and very talented Sonia. Many shows are sold out so get your tickets before it's too late.

 

December 2016: Best of luck to 3 shows opening this weekend, Beauty and the Beast in Spalding, Sleeping Beauty in Clacton and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Grantham. Good luck everyone!

 

December 2016: Another amazing review for Sleeping Beauty at the Princes Theatre, Clacton with the hilarious Stevi Ritchie https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g503776-d3312…