Its panto time – Oh no, it isn’t


It is that time of year again where parents make one of the toughest decisions they have to make…which panto to bring their kids to. If you are looking for something less traditional but hilarious and has lots of classic rock and roll songs then Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood might be the panto for your family!

Presented by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, the panto is about Robin Hood, who attempts to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, free the unfortunate Babes and their outrageous, oversize Nanny, Nellie Nightnurse, and marry the beautiful Maid Marion. The result is a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment, designed to delight all the family. A talented cast of actor/musicians serve up over twenty rock and soul classic songs including The Hippy Hippy Shake, I Shot the Sheriff, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Kiss, Born to Run, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and many, many more. Classic entertainment which combines the best live music with all the fun of traditional pantomime to create the perfect Christmas show!

Keep on reading to find on how to book your tickets and details about the cast.


Sandy Grigelis plays Robin Hood

Sandy Grigelis’s bio

Sandy trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. His theatre credits include: ‘Chris’ / ‘Band’ in Carnaby Street The Musical (UK Tour); ‘Lead Vocalist’ / ‘Lead Guitarist’ in Carnaby Street The Concert (UK Tour); Love is Eternal (UK Premiere); ‘Dan’ in Van Winkle (St James’ Theatre); ‘Marvin Camden’ in Loserville (Union Theatre); ‘Lead Vocalist’ on The Britannia (P&O), ‘Arthur’ in The Sword And The Stone (New Wolsey Theatre) and most recently TJ in Sister Act (UK Tour). Sandy is currently in the process of recording his debut album of all original material.



Laura Sillet who plays Maid Marrion.

Laura Sillet’s bio

Laura trained at The Guildford School of Acting and her theatre credits include: Rusty & 1st U/S Ariel in Footloose (UK/International Tour), Donna in Dreamboats & Petticoats (Cardiff), Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line), Jill in Jack And The Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse), Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (UAE), Muriel u/s Sue & Donna in Dreamboats & Miniskirts (UK tour), Snow Queen in The Snow Queen (UAE tour), Donna in Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK tour), Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty (Emporium Theatre, Brighton), Soloist/Ensemble in Marvin Hamlisch Concert (St James Theatre) and Ensemble in There’ll Always Be An England (Brick Lane Music Hall). TV & Film credits include: Main Girl in The Beach – Thieves (Music Video, Sony).


The-Rock-n-Roll-Panto-Stafford-Gatehouse-Theatre-Yeah-Lifestyle-ReviewsCelia Cruqys-Finnigan plays Whitney

Celia Cruwys-Finnigan’s bio

Training: Rose Bruford College

Theatre credits include: ‘Vi Petty’ in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour); ‘Daisy’ in The Great Gatsby (UK Tour); ‘Gretchen’ in The Bureau Of Lost Things (Theatre 503). Television includes: ‘Mo’ in The Walkers (SKY 1). Theatre whilst training includes: ‘Lily’ in Punk Rock, ‘Annie’ in All My Sons, ‘Maggie’ in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, ‘Lady Anne’ in Richard III, ‘Elizabeth Bradley’ in Today, ‘Woman 1’ in Songs For A New World.



Robert Wade plays Will Scarlett / Blondel

Robert Wade’s bio

Robert is originally from Hull, East Yorkshire. He trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a BA (Hons.) in Actor Musicianship. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Whilst at Rose Bruford, Robert’s roles included ‘Jack’ in Into The Woods, ‘Robbie Ross’ in Our Country’s Good and ‘Dumaine’ in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Robert’s Theatre credits include: ‘Musketeer’ and ‘Cadet’ in Cyrano (Northern Broadsides), ‘Richie Rix’ in The Last Station Keeper and ‘Jemmy’ in The Carlton Colliers (both for Badapple Theatre Company), ‘Ray’ in Square Patties And Other Scraps (Broccolily Theatre and Assemble Fest), ‘Billy’ in Jack And The Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), and ‘Little John’ in Robin Hood (Cambridge Touring Theatre). He has also recently worked at Hull Truck Theatre with the Hull Young Playwrights. Robert is delighted to be returning to Stafford Gatehouse for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood this Christmas.


Where is Stafford Gatehouse Theatre?

Stafford Gatehouse is an old Victorian theatre for professional and amateur shows, including Shakespeare and children’s plays. In 2007, the Borough Hall was reopened as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Borough Hall was originally opened on 20 June 1877 and the building once housed Stafford Borough Council.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Eastgate Street


ST16 2LT

Tel: 01785 619080


How long will the panto be on for?

The panto will run from Thursday, 7 December 2017 until Sunday, 7 January 2018.


How much are the tickets for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Panto?

Adult £20.00, Concession £15.50, Family Ticket £66 There will also be a few adults only performances (3, 4 and 5 January 2018). Tickets £17.50.


How can I book the panto tickets?

Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting their website here.


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