Get your teeth into a panto classic with Sanderstead club

The Sanderstead Dramatic Club celebrates its 110th year by staging a panto classic that offers tales of witches, wolves and dark, dark woods.

The cast hard at work in rehearsals for Sanderstead’s panto, Red Riding Hood, which opens in the New Year

Running from January 6 to 13 at the All Saints Parish Hall in Sanderstead, audiences will be transfixed by Red Riding Hood as she tries to escape the evil clutches and curse of Morgana, the Witch of the Woods.

With an original script by John Desbottes, SDC’s chairman and director, the fun-filled adventure features a live band of talented local musicians, choreography from local dance school Dance with Grace, and scenery designed by local artist Di Ralston and her team.

Red Riding Hood is the 79th annual pantomime staged by what is thought to be Croydon’s longest established amdram group.

“It’s always fun to revisit classic stories and add a new twist, so we’ve had a great time rehearsing this show,” Desbottes said.

“The club has been entertaining audiences for 110 years now, and it’s fantastic to see lots of new local people come and take part in, and watch, our pantomimes.”

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office now, starting at £7 for children, £10 for adults and £9 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 07864 698 429.

Founded in 1907, SDC has produced its annual pantomime every year, breaking only during the First and Second 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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