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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Preview: Alice in Wonderland at South Shields Customs House



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Alice and The Customs House
Celebrate 150 years!

Alice in Wonderland
South Shields Customs House
Tuesday 1st December 2015 to Saturday 9th January 2016.

Alice 150: Natasha Haws as Alice blows out the birthday candles
It was celebrations all round at The Customs House theatre this week.
The venue in South Shields is staging a lavish production of Alice in Wonderland, which celebrated its 150th anniversary on Thursday 26thNovember, as its annual pantomime. 

The theatre chose Lewis Carroll's zany tale as it too is celebrating 150 years this year since the building first opened its doors as a customs port in 1865.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: 
Natasha Haws and Steven Lee Hamilton
Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer, who directs, co-writes and stars in the annual festive show, said: "Alice in Wonderland was the obvious choice for this year's pantomime.  “It’s a fantastic story with very colourful characters who really lend themselves to the art of pantomime. And, as some of the story was written in South Tyneside, we felt we had to really celebrate our link to one of literature’s greatest and most iconic tales. Come take a trip to a winter wonderland this Christmas."

Alice and White Rabbit: 
Luke Maddison and Natasha Haws
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in November 26, 1865 and tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world.

It was written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and it is said he wrote famous poems Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter while visiting family in Whitburn.

The Customs House is also adding to the madness of Carroll’s world with Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties throughout the festive season. On December 6, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30, children will be able to enjoy special parties with an afternoon tea, party games, entertainment and an opportunity for a meet and greet with some of the panto cast members.


Dame: Ray Spencer as The Duchess
Tickets:

Alice in Wonderland, sponsored by Hays Travel, is at The Customs House from Tuesday 1st December 2015 to January 9th.
Tickets for the pantomime and Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties start from £9 and are available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or from www.customshouse.co.uk.
For exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, competitions and all the latest news in Wonderland follow #BigHeart @thecustomshouse.

Cast:
Anne-Marie Owens – Queen of Hearts
Ray Spencer – Duchess
Natasha Haws – Alice
Steven Lee Hamilton – Mad Hatter
Luke Maddison – White Rabbit
Afnan Iftikhar – Knave of Hearts
Stephen Sullivan – King of Hearts & Mad March Hare
Kylie Ann Ford – Dormouse
Craig Richardson – Tweedle Dum
Gareth Hunter – Tweedle Dee




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