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NEILSON’S COLUMN (December 8, 2016): Keep learning skills, says Hilary O’Neil

For my column this month, I had a chat with hugely talented all-rounder Hilary O’Neil about her career and thoughts on show business, as she prepares to return to Crawley’s Hawth for Peter Pan.

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Martin Ramsdin as Widow Twankey. Picture by Steve Robards/ SR1630310

The dame is the heart of the show, says Horsham panto performer Martin

He’s just totted them up to check, but yes, that’s right. 2016 will be Martin Ramsdin’s 22nd pantomime season.

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Forbidden Nights

A saucy slice of male variety is coming to East Grinstead

After a successful year on tour, Forbidden Nights, a stunt-orientated all-male variety show, is coming to Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, on December 9.

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Shaun Williamson (Captain Hook). Picture Paul Clapp

Former EastEnder aims to ‘hook’ future audiences with Crawley panto

Shaun Williamson is having a fantastic run on the stage at the moment.

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Worthing panto

REVIEW: Peter Pan comes to Worthing

This year’s pantomime in Worthing is about the boy who never grew up – but do not fear, the show is packed full of fun and frolics for the young and also for those of us who have supposedly grown up!

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Sami Green and Freddie Hill

Meet Chichester's Peter Pans!

Sami Green and Freddie Hill will be alternating in the role of Peter Pan for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre on the main-house stage at the CFT this Christmas (December 17-31).

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Vicky's back for Bognor panto

Vicky Edwards is relishing the thought of pantomime in Bognor Regis this Christmas.

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Classic comedy

Classic comedy for Wick

One Man, Two Guvnors is the next challenge for Wick Theatre Company.

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Midhurst Players Wyrd Sisters - Alison Locke, director Mandy Carr, Sarah-Jayne Steed and Tim Ashworth

REVIEW: Wyrd Sisters, Midhurst Players

Midhurst Players choice of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sister’s for its Winter Production was inspired.

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Worthing panto

Gogglebox and other cameos for Worthing panto

Gogglebox family and local personalities will appear in Worthing’s pantomime for a special cameo week.
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Russell Morton (Mr Popper), Toby Manley (Male Puppeteer) & Lucy Grattan (Female Puppeteer) Credit Helen Murray

American family classic in Chichester's Minerva Theatre

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures.

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Members of the cast

REVIEW: Annie, Stage Door Theatre Company at the Windmill Theatre, Littlehampton

Annie is a good choice for a show to be staged in the depths of winter and in a world full of troubles and uncertainties.

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Ben McKelvey

Ben McKelvey in Brighton

Brighton-based artist Ben McKelvey has been announced as the support act for The Overtones 2016 Christmas tour.

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Making up for Brighton's "lack of pantos"

Music Theatre 2000 & Showtime Productions combine to make good the panto lack in Brighton this Christmas.

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Patrick.... and friend!

Worthing panto starts on Friday!

Comedian Patrick Monahan reckons he came to panto with a number of definite advantages.

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Chichester Players Christmas Carol - Liz Harling and Richard Kinder

Let Richard be your Ebeneezer this Christmas!

One of the festive season’s greatest roles falls to Richard Kinder this Christmas in the December production from the Chichester Players.

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Brighton, Crawley, Steyning and Selsey among ancient churches to host A Christmas Carol

Audiences are invited to celebrate the festive season in beautiful and ancient Sussex church venues with traditional carols and festive refreshments.

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A Room With A View

REVIEW: A Room with a View at Chichester Festival Theatre

It is telling that the single scene which drove the biggest applause and audience response was the one in which three male members of the cast strip naked and bathe in the lake.

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Now... just whom did they have in mind?

They won’t specifically be mentioning The Donald, but Squall + Frenzy will leave you in little doubt that it’s the president-elect they’ve got in mind when they bring their new production of cult pre-Absurdist comedy Ubu Roi to the stage in their first-ever tour.

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Let's Hang On is at Crawley's Hawth on Wednesday

ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS: November 28 to December 1

Concerts, stage shows, exhibitions and stand-up comedy gigs across Sussex.

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