Pick a Peach in Hitchin or join Robin Hood in Stondon, the choice is yours

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Player

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Players at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin - Credit: Archant

An evergreen children’s favourite from the productive pen of Roald Dahl has provided the inspiration for a Christmas production at Hitchin’s Queen Mother Theatre, and you’ve got three days left to catch a performance.

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Player

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Players at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin - Credit: Archant

David Wood’s stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, directed by Rory Reynolds, is at the Walsworth Road venue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

As fans of the book will know, James is living a charmed life at the seaside until his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with two horrid aunts.

Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but other new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York.

There are 7.30pm shows on Thursday and Friday, with two final performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday.

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Player

Performance pictures from December 2015 production of James & The Giant Peach by the Bancroft Players at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin - Credit: Archant

Tickets are priced from £8 to £10, call 01462 455166 or book online at www.qmt.org.uk.

A more traditional subject for a Christmas show is the legend of Robin Hood, and you can meet the merry men at Stondon Village Hall for one day only on Tuesday next week. This fundraiser for the hall, in association with Gerry Graham Panto and Productions features performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for thos under 16.

Meanwhile over in Letchworth the team at SPADS are still limbering up for their panto show – Hercules openes at the town’s St Francis College theatre on Sunday, December 27.

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The brand new show, which runs until Wednesday, December 30 with performances each day at 1pm and 5pm, promises songs, dances and jokes to make you both cringe and chuckle in a fast-paced production for all the family.

You can book tickets by calling 0845 6522478or visiting the website at www.spads.ticketsource.co.uk

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