Theatre chiefs unveil next year’s panto – before this year’s is finished

The Customs House in South Shields has unveiled its 2015/2016 pantomime will be Alice in Wonderland.
The Customs House in South Shields has unveiled its 2015/2016 pantomime will be Alice in Wonderland.

PANTO fans in South Tyneside will be taking a trip to Wonderland next Christmas.

The Customs House in South Shields has revealed that its next pantomime will be Alice In Wonderland.

This year’s seasonal show, Little Red Riding Hood, is just over a week into its run and has already sold more than 20,000 tickets.

And despite Alice In Wonderland tickets having only been on sale for a matter of days, more than 1,500 have already been snapped up – a year ahead of its opening.

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, currently starring as dame Granny Hood in Little Red Riding Hood, said: “Alice In Wonderland seemed an obvious choice as the novel and the Customs House are both celebrating 150 years in 2015.

“This is the first time Little Red Riding Hood has been performed at the Customs House, and it has been getting great reviews and audience feedback, so we’re all very excited to debut Alice In Wonderland next year.

“We’ve obviously made a good choice for next year’s show as people are already booking up in their droves.

“More than half the available tickets have already been snapped up for Christmas Eve 2015.

“We’re thrilled Alice In Wonderland has struck a chord with our audiences.

“It may be something entirely new, but it will have all the ingredients of a traditional Customs House panto – so expect great songs, hilarious comedy routines and lashings of fun.”

Alice in Wonderland, sponsored by Hays Travel, is on from December 1, 2015, to January 9, 2016. Tickets start at £9 and are available from the Mill Dam venue’s box office on 454 1234 or at www.customshouse.co.uk