Santa’s Naughty Elf is back with a record-breaking show at Customs House

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Clockwise from bottom left,  Lauren Amour, Sarah Boulter, Steven Stobbs and Wayne Miller.
Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Clockwise from bottom left, Lauren Amour, Sarah Boulter, Steven Stobbs and Wayne Miller.

A festive show about a mischievous elf is entertaining more children than ever.

Santa’s Naughty Elf has returned to the Customs House, in South Shields, for another fun-filled adventure.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Lauren Amour.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Lauren Amour.

This year’s festive show, at the Mill Dam venue, is already enjoying a record-breaking run, having out- sold any other just one week into a three-week run.

Santa’s Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is the seventh in the series to be produced by the theatre and has sold more than 4,200 tickets, almost 1,000 more than last-year’s show, which was then the biggest to date.

Wayne Miller, who writes, directs and stars in the show, said: “When myself and Ray Spencer first got together to create a little panto for our younger audiences, we never dreamed it would build like it has.

“We started small with only a few shows and now we have a run of 42. It’s a great achievement for us.

Knowing this show is part of people’s yearly Christmas tradition is a truly lovely feeling.

Wayne Miller

“After many years writing, directing and performing in Santa’s Naughty Elf, I still get a huge buzz of pride. Knowing this show is part of people’s yearly Christmas tradition is a truly lovely feeling.”

After all his Christmas mishaps Elfluent has earned the name of Santa’s Naughty Elf. But what if there was a naughtier elf who wanted to end Christmas for good?

In Santa’s Naughty Elf and The Christmas Caper, Elfluent is in a race against time to make sure he can foil the naughtiest elf of all, get Santa on his way and save Christmas.

Starring alongside Wayne is Sarah Boulter, who has become a regular face in the theatre’s children’s shows, Lauren Amour from the band Eliza Smiles, Steven Stobbs, who was recently seen in the premiere of The Cinder Path, and the highly-praised Geordie the Musical star Eleanor Chaganis.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Sarah Boulter.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Sarah Boulter.

The show runs until Christmas Eve and tickets cost £6.50 for adults and £7.50 for children, with youngsters meeting Santa and receiving a gift.

To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call 0191 454 1234.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Wayne Miller.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Wayne Miller.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Wayne Miller.

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Christmas Caper is enjoying a record-breaking run at the Customs House. Wayne Miller.