Humpty D


It’s panto time again (oh yes, it is!), and audiences young and old will flock for an evening of Christmas magic and mirth as some of theatre’s best-loved characters don their makeup and tread the boards.

Among perennial favourites in the panto calendar is original egg-man Humpty Dumpty, and this year there’s no need to shell out a fortune on train fares (oh no, there isn’t!) to witness the fun.

From 7th to 16th December the Richmond Shakespeare Society stages this evergreen Xmas classic right on the doorstep at the eggscellent Mary Wallace Theatre beside the Thames at Twickenham, and so the youngest fans don’t miss their bedtime, there’ll be two Saturday matinees, not one.

As well as the unfortunate Humpty, the cast of comic characters includes King Addlepate the Dozenth, Wizard Fowlpest, chief chicken maid and classic panto Dame Hetty Hencake, pulchritudinous Princess Eglantine and a full supporting cast to bring the RSS’s 2006 season to an eggciting end.

Humpty Dumpty runs from Thurs 7th to Sat 16th December, shows at 7.45pm, (Sunday 22nd at 4pm), plus matinees on Saturday 9th and 16th at 3pm, with no show on Weds 13th. Tickets cost £7 or £8.

Telephone bookings are now open, and RSS members can buy tickets from the Box Office on 020 8744 0547. Signing up for membership is simple – just call membership secretary Stella Gheury de Bray on 020 8940 1606, e-mail or visit for full details.

Humpty Dumpty is written by John Crocker with lyrics by Eric Gilder, and is directed by Claudette Williamson whom Press can contact for interview on 020 8891 4252, mobile 07929 367882.

– from the Richmond Shakespeare Society