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Excellent panto at Tufnell Park church

30 November, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Panto stars Anneka Vetter (Belle), John Gilbey (Rufus) and Lucian Shalmy-Freeman (Ted)

THE final touches are being made to a popular annual Christmas pantomime at a Tufnell Park church.

This year’s show – a spoof of the cult 1990s film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – marks 25 years of performances by St George’s Smaller Pantomime Company.

Written by 28-year-old Max Griffiths, Belle and Ted’s Most Triumphant Pantomime is put together by volunteers and performed by actors over a range of ages.

Mr Griffiths, of Tabley Road, said: “I was about eight or nine when I first started with the pantomime and continued until I went to university.

“This year’s is a mixture of first and second [Bill and Ted] films mixed together with a few other elements. I wanted to keep it recognisable but to have its own twists in it.”

Playwright Max Griffiths

Lead 13-year-old actors, Anneka Vetter, playing Belle, and Lucian Shalmy-Freeman, as Ted, were among the cast perfecting their lines at rehearsals at the church in Crayford Road on Monday night.

Anneka, a year 9 pupil at Henrietta Barnett School, in Hampstead Garden Suburb, said: “I’m excited. The nerves haven’t kicked in yet. Parts are set in Tufnell Park and we travel in time around the world to Egypt, France and to dinosaur times.”

There are four chances to catch the show. Evening performances are on Thursday, Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8, when there is also a matinee.

To buy tickets, £7 for adults, £3 for children, visit eventbrite.co.uk and search Belle and Ted. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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