2018 Panto – Babes in the Wood

Author: Dancing Diva
May 7, 2017


Our Pantomime for 2018 will be:

Babes in the Wood

January 5th 6th 12th 13th 19th 20th 2018 @ 7.15pm

Our annual family pantomime is Babes in the Wood.

This was first performed 50 years ago when the society was set up by the church Youth Group and was to be the first venture into Panto land. We have grown and developed, from those early days, to the large and successful drama group we have today, producing a lot of talented people along the way.

So bring the family along and help us celebrate our 50th anniversary.



 Tickets for all our productions can be purchased from Victoria Hall Box Office, Knowsley Street:

               Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am –  2pm
Saturdays 10am – 12 noon

Adults £7.00    Children/Conc. £4.00

or contact:

01204 845493

or email:


Special Discounts

We have a special discount for groups of 10 or more people:

£6.50 for each Adult

£3.50 for each Child or Senior Citizen

Please note:

  • To avoid disappointment Pasties should be ordered and reserved at time of booking. £1.50 each
  • Tickets and pasties must be paid for, in full, at time of ordering and are non-refundable.


Leah & Libby 2

The Babes

Leah Grundy as ‘Jill’ and Libby Howarth as ‘Jack’

Small group 1

Hannah Park as ‘Robin Hood’. Katie Barnes as ‘Maid Marion’.

Anthony Johnson as ‘Ted’ and Brendan Higgins as ‘Jed’.

Finale 1

Katie Barnes. Barry Massey as ‘Nurse Nancy’.

Morgan-Grace Pennington-Rothwell as ‘Ruff Ruff’.

Matthew Wilkinson as ‘Cheerful Charlie’ and Brendan Higgins.

Chorus 2

The Chorus.

Chorus 5

Babes and Ruff 1

The Babes and Ruff Ruff


Group 3

The cast in action!


Full group 2

Full cast.


Panto Review

Bolton News 16th January 2018

Babes in the Wood

Victoria Hall ADS

As the New Year takes pace  and Christmas is a distant memory, good old panto is still going strong in Bolton as the Victoria Hall  team present their traditional seasonal offering.

A lively opening chorus sets the pace as we are treated to this familiar tale, depicting how the Sherriff of Nottingham’s (David Walsh) failed attempt to relieve the Babes of their inheritance is foiled by a the spell of Fairy Gold-dust (Margaret Foster).

Barry Massey portrays Nurse Nancy with consummate ease.  Bringing a touch of comedy, Matt Wilkinson gives Charlie the right amount of silliness. His singing of Rainbow connection was spot on.

Brendan Higgins as Ted and Anthony Johnson as Jed provide the necessary slapstick as they muddle their way through the hapless attempt to get rid of the babes – all to no avail.

Hannah Park was the perfect Principal boy as Robin Hood supported well by Katie Barnes as Maid Marion.

Strong performances were on show by the Babes, Libby Howarth as Jack and Leah Grundy as Jill. They displayed great stage presence and proved to have lovely singing voices – these two are one’s to watch for the future, both showing great potential. Morgan-Grace Pennington-Rothwell was cracking as Ruff Ruff, whose animated performance was a pleasure to watch.

Supporting characters by David Walsh, Emma Dearden, Chris Hilton completed this hard working team and with lighting and effects by Stephen Porter the society created effective scenes throughout the show.

With 2 performances remaining (19th and 20th January) there is still time to get yourself down to Bolton’s impressive Victoria Hall and to join in the fun.

Paul Cohen