One for all and all for fun at Sanderstead’s annual panto

Perhaps it was Lynda Snell’s decision to go “off piste” with the Ambridge Christmas production (Calendar Girls! Really?!) which persuaded them. But the Sanderstead Dramatic Club has opted for uncharted territory with their panto next month when they perform The Three Musketeers.

Three musketeersIt will be Sanderstead’s 77th pantomime, but it will be the first outing for a new script written by a club member, which will follow the fresh-faced D’Artagnan on his journey to become a musketeer in 17th Century Paris. Oh yes it will…

With the help of the three musketeers Aramis, Athos and Porthos, D’Artagnan strives to thwart the evil Cardinal Richelieu and his wicked spies Roquefort and Milady de Winter and their plot to overthrow the bumbling King Louis. So perfect panto material then.

Adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ classic with an original script by SDC member Andrew Nicholson, the historical adventure also features a live band, choreography from local dance groups Dance with Grace and Warlingham Dance School, and scenery designed by local artist Di Ralston and her team.

The show runs from January 9 to 16 at All Saints Parish Hall.

“The original script brings all the best panto ingredients – the fun and laughs, evil villains and ‘he’s behind you’ moments – to a classic story that parents and grandparents will enjoy as much as our youngest audience members,” said Katie Eynon, the show’s director.

“We’ve had a lot of fun rehearsing and look forward to opening the doors at All Saints in January.”

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office now, priced from £5 for children, from £8 for adults and from £7 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 07864 698 429.

Sanderstead Dramatic Club was founded in 1907 and has produced its annual pantomime every year, breaking only during the world wars. The club also runs a summer play in June and has an active social programme. SDC can be found tweeting at @Drama_SDC and on Facebook.

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