NEWS: Guildford Fringe Theatre Company to Produce a Pair of Pantos

One is for all the family. The other – Oh no it isn’t!

Professional theatre producers Nick Wyschna and Charlotte Bateup from Guildford Fringe Theatre Company are busy preparing to deliver top-notch entertainment to Surrey residents this winter when they produce what are set to be the county’s only two live pantomimes (with all others currently postponed according to the latest figures published by British Theatre Guide 

Beauty and the Beast (The Borough Hall, Godalming: 12 to 26 December)

Offering fun and laughter for all the family, this magical tale as old as time will play The Borough Hall, Godalming, from 12 to 26 December.

Actor Philip Day, who played Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk in Godalming’s family panto last year, is delighted to be returning to play the Dame once more.

“ I can’t wait to get to grips with my Dame Dominique Derrière. She sounds like a bit of a diva but also a fun and friendly party girl who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty with the household chores as she tends to her master’s needs! To find her character, I think it’s necessary to start with a good bra. Get that right and everything falls into place!” 

Philip Day

D!CK The Adult Panto (The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford: 25 November to 9 January)

Distinctly for the grown-ups, D!CK The Adult Panto, will play The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford, from 25 November – 9 January. This will be the ninth Adult Panto for Guildford Fringe, following sell-out success in recent years. 

Each theatre venue will operate at a greatly reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Face coverings will be mandatory. Groups bookings will allow a maximum of 6 people to sit together. For full details of health and safety measures, visit  

“What a year 2020 has been! It makes me even more excited to be bringing Surrey’s only two pantomimes to Godalming and Guildford this year. I am so looking forward to making people smile and laugh… we could certainly all do with that! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite childhood stories, it is so magical and the setting is just perfect in the historic town of Godalming! D!CK was the second adult panto I produced back in 2014 and I am over the moon to bring this brand new script by James Chalmers to Guildford!”  

Nick Wyschna

To book for Beauty and the Beast, visit or telephone the Box Office on 01483 361101.  

For D!CK The Adult Panto, visit or telephone the Box Office on 01483 361101.