Award-winning Sleeping Trees return to Theatre503 with the world premiere of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves – a glorious cocktail of everyone’s favourite pantomimes, directed by highly acclaimed Simon Evans (The Dazzle, Bug, Silence of the Sea).
One cold Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are preparing for another busy night. The reindeer are ready and the sleigh is packed. There’s just one problem; the sleigh won’t start because the Wicked Witch has stolen all the Christmas spirit. In his desperation, Santa looks to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day… the terrifying Ebenezer Scrooge.
Join these performers as they recreate every character you’d expect to meet in a pantomime, as well as some you might not. With Scrooge, Snow White, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the seven dwarves, Harry Potter and, of course, Father Christmas, the questions on everyone’s lips are… will Scrooge manage to change his ways and save Christmas? Will the boys make it to Hollywood? And what do the Seven Dwarves have to do with ANY of this?
It abounds with heart and wit, is propelled with limitless energy from the three inventive actors who devised the piece…if you only see one Pantomime this season, see this one (Cinderella and the Beanstalk, British Theatre).
Sleeping Trees are a comedy trio blending the classic elements of a well-loved pantomime with an astonishing range of fast, physical and bare-knuckled comedy. With live music and plenty of mess, the Trees sing, dance and fight their way through ninety minutes of panto pandemonium with on-stage musician Ben Hales!
The company comments, “We are all hugely excited to bring a brand new pantomime to Theatre503 this year. We love the audience in Battersea and are working hard to make sure that this panto is bigger, better and even more Christmassy than last year’s. With more of your favourite pantomime and fairy tale characters ready to be given the Sleeping Trees’ treatment, Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves is a festive treat for all of the family.”
The production is funded by Arts Council England.
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves
Performance Dates Tuesday 22nd November – Saturday 7th January
Running time 90 minutes
Twitter @wesleepingtrees, @theatre503, #Scrooge503
Director Simon Evans
Writer/Performer John Woodburn
Writer/Performer James Dunnell-Smith
Writer/Performer Joshua George Smith
Musician/Composer Ben Hales
Notes Suitable for ages 6+ (babes in arms under 24 months also welcome)
Location Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW