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Rapunzel – A Magical Christmas Adventure: South Mill Arts in Bishop's Stortford announces its festive family show

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Theatre audiences can let down their hair in Bishop's Stortford for South Mill Arts' Christmas show, Rapunzel – A Magical Christmas Adventure.

This new adaptation by Scott Ritchie Productions (SRP) is being created exclusively for SMA and should be a treat for all ages.

There will be 36 performances at the South Road theatre on 18 selected dates from Saturday December 4 to Sunday January 2.

Rapunzel: A Magical Christmas Adventure is the Christmas 2021 festive family show at South Mill Arts (52910639)
Rapunzel: A Magical Christmas Adventure is the Christmas 2021 festive family show at South Mill Arts (52910639)

Audiences can expect a cast of loveable characters played by an all-singing, all-dancing company of talented performers and a production packed full of songs, dance numbers, dazzling costumes, gorgeous scenery and plenty of laughs.

The show's title references two pieces of popular culture that span almost two centuries: the German classic fairy tale Rapunzel, part of a collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, and Disney's 2010 animated film Tangled, which was based on the tale.

With a feisty heroine, a wicked witch, a talking horse and a host of adventures, Rapunzel – A Tangled Musical Adventure combines all the magic of a traditional panto with a vibrant take on a much-loved story.

Having trained at the celebrated Bird College performing arts school in Sidcup, south-east London, performed in the West End and internationally, and directed and choreographed for theatres including Bath's Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Malvern Festival Theatre, Scott moved into producing, developing a strong reputation for high-quality, audience-pleasing shows spanning theatre, panto and live music.

His production company made its debut in 2015 at Birmingham's Old Rep Theatre with an actor-muso production of Treasure Island and was invited to return in 2016 to produce the in-house festive offering. The following year, the company presented Aladdin at the New Theatre in Peterborough, the first Christmas production at this historic venue in ten years.

In 2018 SRP produced a new touring production of The Wind in the Willows to critical acclaim. 2019 saw another new touring production, Alice in Wonderland, which played in 30 beautiful theatres across the country, and at Christmas that year Scott Ritchie presented The Wind in the Willows as the festive production at the Broadway Cinema and Theatre in Letchworth Garden City. Last December it produced Christmas Spectacular, its first production at Bournemouth Pavilion.

Scott said: “I'm delighted to be collaborating with such a stellar creative team and wonderfully talented bunch of actors to present this exciting production.

"It was a thrill to have been offered this opportunity to work so closely with the fantastic team at South Mill Arts to present a traditional story packed with lots of surprises!"

Sue Scott Davison, SMA's artistic programmer, said: “ We can’t wait to share our Christmas season with you this year. Come and join us for a huge dose of fun entertainment, and if you have a passion for story-driven, quality theatre, then this is the perfect show for the entire family.”

Rapunzel at South Mill Arts: Dates, times and ticket prices for all 36 performances

The Rapunzel cast and crew will be in action the first two weekends in December and then continuously from Saturday December 18 to Sunday January 2, with breaks on Christmas Day and December 29.

There will be two performances a day on most dates, including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, with a single show on New Year’s Eve.

  • Sat Dec 4 – 3pm & 7pm, standard tickets £21, concessions £18, family £71
  • Sun Dec 5 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £21/£18/£71
  • Sat Dec 11 & Sun Dec 12 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £23/£20/£78
  • Sat Dec 18 – 11am, 3pm & 7pm, £25/£22/£84
  • Sun Dec 19, Mon Dec 20 & Tue Dec 21 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £25/£22/£84
  • Wed Dec 22 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £27/£24/£89
  • Thu Dec 23 & Christmas Eve (Fri Dec 24) – 11am & 3pm, £27/£24/£89
  • Christmas Dayno performances
  • Boxing Day (Sun Dec 26) – 1.30pm & 5pm, £27/£24/£89
  • Mon Dec 27 – 1.30pm (relaxed performance) £21/£18/£71, 5pm £23/£20/£78
  • Tue Dec 28 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £23/£20/£78
  • Wed Dec 29no performances
  • Thu Dec 30 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £23/£20/£78
  • New Year's Eve (Fri Dec 31) – 1.30pm, £23/£20/£78
  • Sat Jan 1 & Sun Jan 2 – 1.30pm & 5pm, £23/£20/£78

* For tickets, call the box office on 01279 710200 or visit www.southmillarts.co.uk.

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