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Saw panto tonite with group of 22. Brill nite; lots of fun was had by all ages. one of my fav's so far and i've been going for years. well done all involved Congratulations to all involved! Cracking show! Nick Thompson and Graham Lloyd you should be very proud! Congratulations to all the cast and crew of the Centre Theatre Players Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto. I hear my father-in-law was part of the cast last night!! He enjoyed it lots!! Well done guys xx My family and I had a lovely time this afternoon watching Snow White. Many congrats to everyone involved and we're really looking forward to 'The Wind in the Willows' in April! What an outstanding show by The Centre Theatre Players yet again. We could watch it all again. We haven't laughed so much in ages. Great family fun. We will be booking early again next year! Can't wait!! Probably the best panto I have seen in many years! My family absolutely loved it and the children loved the little dwarfs and - of course - the Minon! A really spectacular show … the beginning sequence frightened my little ones to death … but they were absolutely enthralled for the whole performance and hardly moved from their seats! From an adults point of view, the acting, comedy and singing were first class, and the whole show was so bright and colourful! Thank you all for a fantastic family night out!


I think it’s my favourite show that the Centre Players have ever done and I know that’s a big statement, but I believe it to be true! Well done guys on another fabulous show!’ Well done to everyone involved in Treasure Island, you did a fantastic job and had us chuckling all the way through! You all had so much energy and looked like you were having so much fun up there. A great show ! Amazing show. You are all so talented. I am probably going to be singing the songs for weeks! Well done guys. Amazing show. Good luck with the rest of the run! Really enjoyed it! Not sure how long I am going to enjoy [name] continously singing be a pirate. She is singing in bed! X X Had a brilliant time watching the Centre Players in Treasure Island, a brilliant job to all involved, such a funny script (well done Dan Will Bell) and well directed (Richard Chalkley)...special mention to Nick Thompson...your leg/arm must be killing you!!! We all loved it guys!!! xx

“PUSS IN BOOTS” - Jan 2018

Fantastic panto yet again this year, Puss in Boots. Hardly stopped laughing, clapping, singing & swaying! A massive well done to my school buddy Simon & the rest of the actors & it was great to see the youngsters perform so well & with such gusto. Looking forward to the Easter show Saw Puss in Boots yesterday evening - best show I've seen for a long while. What a Panto should be. Oh, and loved the rabbit! Just been to see puss in boots. Absolutely brilliant. Once again a great show. Well done One of the best - a great family panto. Enjoyed a lovely afternoon with grand children - thank you to cast and all the many helpers behind the scenes. Looking forward to next one already!!!! Excellent performance today, I was literally crying Thank you for wonderful entertaining evening. The show was full of panto gags lovely singing and a happy cast. My family thoroughly enjoyed the show. Thank you. Can't wait for the next one. Went to see Puss in Boots last night - what a fantastic evening of entertainment. I wont spoil it for those who have yet to see the panto, but safe in the knowledge that you are in for a real treat. The acting, dancing, singing, jokes, music - everything was great. Opening night is always a bit nerve racking but you would never have known and the audience were right "behind you" Excellent performance of Puss in Boots tonight, well done everyone

“WIZARD OF OZ” - Jan 2017

Please don't take this as a criticism of the cast- they were excellent. However in most peoples opinion the prerequisites of a pantomime are;- 1) A man dressed as a woman. 2) A woman dressed as a man. 3) Double entendre's 4) Risque jokes that the adults understand but which go over the heads of the children. 5) Most importantly, interaction between the cast and the audience. Sadly this production failed to meet any of the above criteria and so made for a dreary evening. Perhaps it should have been advertised as a musical rather than a pantomime. Ps The dancing skeletons were excellent. [We have responded to these comments … Thank you for your email regarding The Wizard of Oz and I appreciate your comments. I must just say that as far as the Centre Players are concerned we did actually print on our publicity posters/flyers etc that this is a classic Fairy Tale, no mention of Pantomime. However - I do recall seeing the word ‘Panto’ appearing in the One Leisure advertising which maybe is where the confusion has arisen. In my opinion The Wizard of Oz doesn’t lend itself to a pantomime format being such an iconic fairy tale which everyone knows. We have also had lots of comments from our audiences saying how much they had enjoyed a change from traditional show but clearly your party didn’t. However next year will be the good old PUSS IN BOOTS which truly is a traditional pantomime and will contain all the ingredients that you missed this year. Thanks for supporting The Centre Players and I hope that you will continue to do so Dick Chalkley] Third visit by the Club - and we ALL had a totally brilliant time. The show was excellent: so colourful and full of enthusiasm and humour - we will be there for Puss in Boots. The hard work that goes in to the production - music, make up back stage lighting (brilliuant bridge scene and skeleton dance) the whole kit and caboodle - very much appreciated. THANKS EVERYONE! So much effort obviously went into putting on this show, and the staging and costumes were particularly good. However, It did not feel like a panto and I did miss the Dame and the audience participation. I look forward to a return to a more traditional panto next year "Puss in Boots".

“ALADDIN” - Jan 2016

Brilliant show! Well done! Loved the innuendo’s! Enjoy the week! Opening night of Aladdin was brilliant, well done everyone. For those yet to watch it you are in for a treat. Luckily I have tickets for 2 more shows! Guys you’ve done it again! Another fantastic show. Particularly liked the music this year. Been coming every year since 1998 and you never disappoint. Well done to everyone. Old hands, new hands and of course the backroom team. Please keep it up! Have been nagged by friends to come and see one of your shows for ages and finally made it last night. Well worth the wait! Great cast, great music and dancing. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening! My 4 year old daughter is hoarse this morning having shouted so much during your Mummy scene. She did ask if you were all deaf! Great evening, thank you so much! Front row seats for one of the best pantos I have ever seen - and that includes professional ones. Excellent Hope Nick Thompson is OK as he seemed to throw himself around so much - loved him falling out of the washing machine. Simon Webb is an excellent baddie, and Graham Lloyd a brilliant dame … his outfits alone are worth the admisssion money. Great show - my family loved it. Can’t wait for next year! First visit - I was expecting to see a village panto - how wrong I was! My daughter is a pro dancer and appears in professional pantos - from start to finish this was as good - if not better - than a professional show. Well done Well i can think of no better way to spend a sunday afternoon than watching the brilliant Pantomime, It was by far the best one ever @ Great family entertainment for young @ old Everyone was fabulous..Well done roll on next year We loved the duck! Fantastic production. We took our grandchildren aged 4 and 6 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it and 3 hours just flew by. We will be back for another dose of fun with 2 more of our grandchildren next January How do you do it? Year after year your show is brilliant! Can’t wait for next year! Came to see the show last night, absolutely brilliant from start to finish! Something for the adults and the children alike. We always enjoy your pantomimes but this year there was even more enjoyment from all cast on the stage...the chorus and dance movement was absolutely fantastic! A job well done by all! Well done! I don’t know how you manage to cram every element of the traditional panto and yet still add more topical and local stuff as well! Twankey said we’d be thanking her (him?) for tiring them out but our children were still bouncing on the way home, Thank you so much!  Congratulation on great performance of Aladdin - look forward to the next show :) .... Saw you in Aladdin today - loved it - well done to you all xx Can’t fault your show at all. So bright and colourful, lively and funny! The exploding washing machine was VERY loud! Loved it! Our first family Panto and it was great. Thanks to all for fab show. Both my boys (3yrs and 5yrs) were transfixed. They were on the edge of their seats the whole way through so they didn't miss a second. Their favourite characters were Whishee Washee, Na-Na and Chop-Chop. We loved how local references were used as well. We'll definitely be coming again next year. Thank you for all your hard work. The Burgess Hall would like to pass on our huge thanks and gratitude to The Centre Theatre Players who yet again performed a fist class pantomime, enjoyed by a compelte sell out of over 2,800 people, thank you so much to everyone involved for the hard work and commitment, very much appreciated! Another great show - Thank you all! Simon Webb (St Ives’ own Alan Rickman!) was once again a wonderful villain and well matched by Nick, Graham and the ensemble! Looking forward to our next outing already! Oh yes we are! Thank you for another fantastic evening of entertainment in St Ives. I have been enjoying your pantomimes for more than twenty years and Aladdin was one of the best. The casting, energy, humour, popular music and local touches all contributed to a superb show> Special recognition for the dame who delivers like a pro year on year and Whishee Washee who does not seem to age although all the cast are brilliant!Looking forward to the next show already! What a great show!! I'm torn between telling my friends and risking not getting a ticket next year, or keeping quiet and not giving you guys the recognition you deserve. In a true feedback manner, I would like to add that the fundraising merchandise (crowns and swords) was decent and reasonably priced, and there was a good choice of reasonably priced refreshments too. A well priced, well executed ('scuse the pun) production. Now, can I reserve my tickets for Wizard of Oz....? Fab show! The cast was absolutely amazing as per usual. Well done Vicky Grant for some amazing choreography (and acting as Na-Na) with your stunning dancers as well so everyone else! Can't wait for Wizard of Oz!!! Best one yet looking forward to next year!


Fantastic afternoon at Sleeping Beauty yesterday. I brought my children (aged 7 and 3) and they both loved it. I have never seen my 3 year old sit so still and attentively for so long. Everyone involved deserves a lot of credit and we will certainly be back again next year. Well done and thank you Another brilliant pantomime ... great fun from end to end. Fantastic performances from Graham Lloyd, Nick Thompson, Vicky Grant and Simon Webb, but everybody contributed so well Great show - this was my first ever visit to a Centre Players panto - if this is the standard you set - it certainly won’t be my last! We took our 4 year old to watch Sleeping Beauty this afternoon, it was his first panto trip and he loved it, another really good performance.:) Bravo - thoroughly enjoyed this afternoons performance as did my children who did everything they could to join in!! Keep up the good work x Had a wonderful time at today's sleeping beauty. Great as always. Well done x

“MOTHER GOOSE” - Jan 2014

Fab afternoon had by all, a fantastic performance, well done everyone and see you at Sleeping Beauty Yet again THE CENTRE THEATRE PLAYERS have treated us to an amazing production. Well done to everyone. It was a fabulous evening. Looking forward to the next one already Thank you so very much for a wonderful evening last night (12/01/2014). It was our first panto for 35 years and my 4 year olds first ever and we were blown away with the fantastic level of dance and song and humour. thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Billy and Mother Goose. Well done to all though, a memorable evening. Fabulous! Thank you for another evening of brilliance, fun and laughter. As always excellent casting and energy particularly the hilarious Graham Lloyd and his great support in Nick Thomson, Oliver Scott and Michael Burke. We really appreciate the hard work that everyone puts in to creating a show of this high standard. Congratulations to you all Thanks for a fantastic show tonight, we all really enjoyed it and can't wait for next years! Haven't been to panto since my parents stopped talking me. Took my 4yr old son tonight for his first and it was absolutely brilliant. Didn't really know what to expect, but it was first class and looking forward to bringing my son along for many a year now. Thanks Show was fantastic and we really enjoyed it as we did last year. However the show is very long, especially for children . The children, aged 4 and 8, both loved the show but struggled particularly to get through the first half. I think an hour each half really is long enough. I have some friends who are looking for shorter pantos next year, which is such a shame as yours really is the best in the area! However we will be back next year and are already looking forward to it! Thanks for a great evening! What an absolute delight this performance was. Well done to every single person involved. This was my birthday treat and I enjoyed every minute of it. The costumes, lighting, music and of course all the actors, actresses, dancers and musicians were all of such a high standard and you all deserve to be very proud of a job well done. Thank you. I look forward to next year already Brilliant show - my mum and I loved it! Will be back next year. Thank you all :) A great show tonight. Congratulations Dick and well done to all the cast Fabulous performance from Graham Lloyd (Mother Goose). I will going again to see these shows. Well worth the money and looking forward to seeing “Boogie Nights” next in May I went this evening it was brilliant Brilliant show you've all worked so hard well done Great panto once again ... yes it was! Fantastic show! Great energy from the first minute to the very last! Brilliant funny performances from Nick Thompson and Graham Lloyd but everyone was really good! Looking forward to next years Panto! Great panto had a really good night out - brilliant cast, shows how hard work really pays especially when they also have full time jobs and school - just fab



“BOUNCERS” - May 2013

Just got home after seeing "bouncers". It was different to what I expected, however I really enjoyed it.i thought it was very clever how they played all the characters and swapped from one character to another. Very enjoyable, funny yet also sad and poignant in places. Well done. Will definitely book to see something by them in the future



“PETER PAN” - Jan 2013

The best show yet by far ! We loved the music, the staging, the fact you had children in it, it seemed more "rounded" by having more characters in rather than just the goodie, the badie and the dame. Can't wait ‘til next years ! The production was very well done, and very professional, so well done to all involved Thank you so much for yet another another fabulous pantomine and evening of brilliant entertainment and total hilarity! The Players certainly relieve any post Christmas blues! Excellent casting as ever plus even more audience participation this year which really worked. Well done to the entire cast and crew. I know you give up a lot of your time to put on such an excellent production. Hopefully you can have a well deserved break before you launch into your next show. Looking forward to it already! I went with my dad and we had a great time!! I am 12 years old but I thought you all did a wonderful job of it! Special mention to Michael Burke for directing such an amazing family panto! I cant wait to see what next years pantomine will be!! Went to the Peter Pan panto last night (Friday) and it was great. Loved the script, 'dodgy' Indian Dame, Captain Hook in fact I can not find anything bad to say about any of the cast they all interacted with the audience well. Well done to all on stage and backstage for an enjoyable night. This was the first production I had seen by the Centre players but it won’t be the last. Fabulous show you should be very proud. As good if not equal to the west end. Characters cast to perfection Absolutely superb show - acting, production, stage backdrops, music, dance all had us (and three kids age 5-7) completely spell-bound. We now believe in magic and are thoroughly cheered up! Now we know why these book out so early! OMG! I got invited along by 2 girls I teach. I brought my son with me , 7 year old Jonathan, and we were enthralled! The scenery, the technical gadgets, the singing, the dancing, the script, the professionalism and most of all the HUMOUROUS delivery! Huge congratulations to you all! You should tour an excerpt of your plays to the local secondary schools! A great show enjoyed by all of us .The leading players were superb. Simon made a great villain as usual,as were Nick,Carol and Graham and all the cast but Nana must have been difficult it must have been hot in that suit.Well done



“RUN FOR YOUR WIFE” - May 2012

What a brilliant performance of Run for your Wife on Friday 18 May.The actors were all excellent.Thanks for a great night out, didn't stop laughing. Look forward to the next show   ___________________________________________________________________ _

“CINDERELLA” - January 2012

This   is   the   18th   pantomime   that   I   have   seen   you   perform.   I   bring   my   residents   every   year.   Once   again   a fabulous   show,   we   all   enjoyed   it   enormously.   I   would   like   to   know   how   Michael   walked   in   those   shoes! The   ugly   sisters   were   brilliant   as   were   Gawd   and   Benett,   as   were   all   the   cast   .Well   done   -   already looking forward to next year. Thank you !!!! Went   to   see   Cinderella   last   night   -   we   have   never   been   to   the   St   Ives'   panto   before,   but   it   was   the   best show   we   have   seen   in   years,   including   'profesional'   pantos   at   Peterborough   and   Cambridge.   Absolutely excellent   entertainment   -   from   the   cast   down   to   the   lighting   and   music   -   everybody   was   perfect   and   so obviously   enjoying   themselves   -   and   it   clearly   spread   to   the   audience!!   You   should   be   giving   lessons   to some   of   these   so-called   'celebrities'who   perform   'star'   roles   each   year   at   the   bigger   theatres.   Looking forward already to next year's show. Very well done to everybody concerned. Many   thanks   for   the   excellent   production   of'   'Cinderella',   enjoyed   every   minute.If   this   is   Am-dram   we want more. Thanks What   a   fabulous   show!   We've   been   coming   to   see   your   Pantos   for   years   and   you   rarely   let   us   down! Brilliant   from   start   to   finish.   Have   to   say   the   performances   of   Whitney   and   Britney,   and   Gawd   and Bennett were excellent. Well done - can't wait to see next years show now! Took   my   3   daughters   to   see   Cinderella   last   night   and   we   all   absolutely   loved   it!   Well   done,   what   a fantastic show. Britney, daahhling you were fabulous! We loved the show :-) We   came   to   see   Cinderella   last   night   (Wednesday).   Its   a   while   since   I   cried   laughing   but   the   bit   with   the lovely ladies in the tennis outfits was absolutely hilarious!! Loved   the   Panto,   a   real   traditional,   cheesey,   bad   jokes,   dodgy   looking   women,   principal   boy,   rib   tickling spectacular show.  Pantotastic !!!  Will be there next year - can't hardly wait!! What   a   show!I   have   seen   over   20   of   these   pantos   and   this   was   certainly   one   of   the   best.   There   was   just something    about    it    that    was    even    better    than    usual;    very    tight,    professional    performances    from everyone,   but   especially   the   main   characters,   all   cast   so   perfectly.   The   long   scene   in   the   Hall   which introduced   the   Private   Investgators,   the   ugly   sisters   etc,   the   inter-play   between   all   these   characters was   brilliant   both   in   performance,   timing,   and   humour.   I   was   nearly   in   tears   on   several   occasions.   Just superb   performances,   everyone   keeping   in   character   all   the   time,   as   Peter   Sawford   always   used   to   be over   the   years!   Also,   there   was   far   less   'filler'   which   kept   it   to   almost   suitable   length,   but   also   made   it better   by   having   less.   The   band   sounded   great,   though,   as   ever,   most   of   the   sound   came   from   the   pit rather   than   central,   but   that   didn't   detract   from   the   enjoyment.The   scenery   and   costumes   were   also perfect. Can't get better than that! Thank   you   for   another   fabulous   pantomime.      We   thoroughly   enjoyed   watching   Cinderella   this   week.The performance   surpassed   your   already   high   standards,   was   cast   brilliantly   and   absolutely   hilarious   Special mention   of   the   excellent   pairing   of   the   ugly   sisters   who   entertained   us   superbly   but   well   done   to   the entire cast and crew.  We are already looking forward to the next show! I   think   that   Cinderella   is   by   far   the   best   panto   that   has   been   done   by   the   Centre   Players,   if   I   can   pick out   any   characters   that   stood   out   were   the   two   ugly   sisters   and   Gord   &   Bennett,   so   keep   up   the   good work and thank you for a giving my family a very entertaining evening We   went   to   see   the   panto   on   Tuesday   night-   Brilliant!   As   an   adult   I   always   look   forward   to   your   panto and   have   never   been   disappointed,this   year   was   even   better   than   last.Even   our   stroppy   teenage daughter    managed    to    crack    a    smile.I    can't    wait    to    see    all    the    familiar    faces    in    the    next production.GREAT ENTERTAINMENT Thanks   so   much   for   the   performance   of   Cinderella   on   Friday   night.   We   haven't   laughed   (or   cried   through laughing   so   hard)   for   years,   not   even   in   your   last   few   pantos,   which   we   think   are   some   of   the   most enjoyable   shows   we've   ever   been   to.Lots   of   brilliant   moments   but   the   best   was   in   the   haunted   room when   Gawed   and   Bennet   were   listening   to   Buttons   telling   the   tale   of   the   headless   ghost.   Or   was   it   the determined   look   on   Michael   Burke's   face   and   his   elegant   outfit   as   the   ugly   sisters   stormed   the   stage   in full   tennis   regalia? These   rival   our   favourite   moment   of   the   past   four   shows   (Oliver   Scott   again   as   Dopey with   the   pneumatic   drill).We   also   enjoyed   the   songs,   music,   dancing   and   the   performances   from   all   the main characters - in short a fantastic show, thanks again.   We   went   to   your   pantomine   for   the   1st   time   last   year   and   it   was   brilliant.Quick,   funny   and   very entertaining.   We   therefore   had   high   expectations   for   this   years   production   and   recommended   it   to other   familes.   But   unfortunately   it   was   a   bit   of   a   let   down.The   first   half   was   too   long   and   felt   a   bit disjointed   and   there   wan't   enough   laugh   out   loud   moments.   There   also   seemed   to   be   some   problems with   the   sound   when   a   lot   of   the   cast   were   singing   and   were   getting   drowned   out   by   the   music.On   a positive   note   there   were   some   strong   performances.   Notably   from   Prince   Charming   who   should   have   had an   even   bigger   part.Gord   and   the   2   ugly   sisters.We   will   however   be   coming   to   watch   you   again   as   you were all so good last year. Brilliant,   brilliant,   brilliant   Panto!!   Love   it   each   year   and   this   years   was   no   exception.   Some   really   funny moments   and   i   am   still   laughing   out   loud   at   the   tennis   girls   tucking   their   balls   in   their   knickers!!!!   Even when   the   scenery   collapsed   on   the   saturday   afternoon   show,   the   ad-libbing   was   amazing...some   very talented actors amongst you all!!!! WELL   DONE   EVERYBODY   XX.   Absolutely   brilliant   panto   again.   Really   looked   forward   to   seeing   it   after watching   Beauty   and   the   Beast.   It   didn't   disappoint!!!!   We   laughed   til   we   cried....   Once   again   a fantastic   panto.   Good   to   see   Graham   Lloyd   back   as   one   of   the   Ugly   Sisters.   Looking   forward   to   the production in May. Brilliant   pantomime   -   I   saw   it   with   9   other   members   of   my   family   last   night.   We   thought   the   scenery   and costumes   were   great   as   well.Great   cast   and   well   done   to   the   Director   and   all   behind   scenes   people   as well.Can't   wait   for   Peter   Pan!Just   one   thing   -   why   is   last   year's   panto   featured   under   current   show   on your website and not this years? Had   the   pleasure   of   watching   Cinderella   this   afternoon...   it   was   great!   Have   been   to   the   pantos   for many   years   and   this   was   one   of   the   best.   Really   strong   cast...   all   playing   roles   best   suited   to   their   many talents   (although   I   missed   Carol   Houghton   being   in   a   larger   part...   she   was   great   as   the   fairy   godmother, but   always   love   seeing   her   and   would   have   liked   to   see   her   more!).   Loved   the   ugly   sisters...   the   primate defectives...   Buttons...   Prince   Charming...Cinders   and   all!It   was   the   Sunday   matinee   performance   so   I felt   that   the   audience   did   not   participate   strongly   ...   so   will   be   booking   Friday   or   Saturday   night   for next   year   now   that   my   son   is   old   enough!   Thanks...   as   always   for   the   hard   work   you   all   put   into   these productions. Just   to   say   that   as   always   we   thought   this   year’s   pantomime   was   excellent.   So   many   excellent   actors and   singers.      Been   coming   for   many   years,long   after   the   children   have   grown   up!   Great   to   see   Graham Lloyd back. He is just brilliant. My   husband   and   I   came   to   the   pantomine   on   Wednesday   11th   Jan.   It   was   obsolutely   fantastic.Well   done everyone   -   it   was   very   professionally   performed.   Everything   else   connected   to   the   peformance   -   i.e. scenery,   costumes,publicity,   front   of   house   etc   was   very   professional   as   well.   There   is   only   one   item that   we   could   fault,   and   that   was   the   keyboard   musician.She   played   it   far   too   loud,   we   had   great difficulty   in   hearing   the   actors   on   the   stage.They   also   found   it   hard   work   as   they   were   inclined   to shout.The   musicians,as   a   group,   were   fantastic.   It   was   just   the   keyboard,   being   played   too   loud.   Keep up the good work and we look forward to your next performance.We try and come to them all. Loved   the   show   -   absolutely   fantastic   and   brilliant   performances   from   all   concerend.   Our   only   criticism is   that   our   seats   were   too   close   to   the   band   who   played   very   loudly   in   places   and   we   couldn't   hear   the singers   on   stage. That   won't   stop   us   from   coming   to   your   next   show   -   we'll   have   to   get   our   tickets   earlier and get seats away from the band Firstly   -   let   me   say   that   I   have   been   coming   to   your   shows   for   many   years   and   my   family   absolutely   love them   and   Cinderella   was   no   exception.   However   -   I   must   add   my   only   criticism   (which   appears   in   a number   of   the   comments   I   have   seen)   is   over   the   sound   levels   of   the   band   and   the   performers. Sometimes   the   band   is   too   loud   -   and   sometimes   the   actors   appear   to   shout   because   their   microphones are not working? That aside - your shows are always excellent, Keep up the good work

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