Panto Review: Barrels of laughs at the Alban Arena with Bob Golding, Rita Simons and Andy Day

PUBLISHED: 16:10 09 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 December 2019

Lisa Davina Phillip as Fairy Moonbeam in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Lisa Davina Phillip as Fairy Moonbeam in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Pamela Raith

Alongside a steaming glass of mulled wine in The Boot, a turkey dinner at the Fighting Cocks and carols on the hour in the Abbey, Christmas in St Albans really isn’t complete without a visit to the Arena’s annual panto.

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

For the past nine years the man at the heart of the celebrated festive show has been our very own Bob Golding, and this year he takes the director's reins as well as donning a series of outrageous frocks as Nurse Nellie, with more costume changes than your average superhero movie.

Fortunately Sunday's show once again proved a riotous fusion of slapstick, special effects and showbiz, with only the odd hiccup getting in the way of what otherwise would have been a faultless performance from all concerned.

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Difficulties with leading lady Jemma Carlisle's mic for the opening song, and CBeebies star Andy Day's memory lapse in the celebrated punning routine were glossed over with sufficient good humour to ensure they did not detract from the proceedings, and arguably added to the overall entertainment factor.

For the children, highlights were unquestionably the chase through the audience by cast members armed with water pistols, and the hilarious water-laden bathroom routine performed by Bob and long-term partner Ian Kirkby, while the adults were kept laughing by increasingly complicated pop culture gags and the usual digs at Luton, Dunstable, Watford and the Stevenage panto, all well-established traditions from previous shows.

Ian Kirkby as the King in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby as the King in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

The simplicity of the Sleeping Beauty story meant there was perhaps a fair degree of padding to fill out the narrative, and the action took some time to get going following a great deal of exposition from the good Fairy Moonbeam. This left some younger members of the audience shuffling impatiently in their seats instead of being immediately immersed in the proceedings, whereas a big showstopping opener might have been a better choice creatively.

With the prince's battle through the thorny undergrowth surrounding the palace of Hamalot dealt with surprisingly quickly considering the build-up, the arrangement of Princess Aurora's bed chamber also meant the all-important awakening kiss was obscured from the audience, something which took away much of its impact in what should have been a key moment.

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

But these are minor criticisms which are sure to be ironed out over the course of the run, and certainly don't detract from what is unquestionably a spectacular show.

As the leading lady is required to spend most of the second half in a 100-year coma, Jemma swiftly made up for her absence by returning in style for a triumphant battle against the spectacular animatronic dragon, giving a welcome feminist twist to proceedings. She rarely receives recognition for her good girl roles each year, however her consummate professionalism, personal charm and fantastic voice really do deserve credit for the overall success of every Arena panto she appears in.

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Big name draw Andy Day, best known for fronting assorted Adventures shows on CBeebies, was perfectly servicable as Jangles the jester, putting his playful screen persona to good use even when he did stumble over the odd line, but did we really need an excuse for him to flog his new single? Arguably not.

This year's stand-out performances definitely came from ex-EastEnder Rita Simons as the evil fairy Carabosse and West End star Lisa Davina Phillip as her sparkly counterpart.

Fairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) and the King (Ian Kirkby) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithFairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) and the King (Ian Kirkby) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita's turn as the show's proverbial baddie was suitably malevolent, but also packed with punch and panache, stealing her scenes with some smooth ad-libs and a turn which owed much to Michelle Gomez's psychopathic Missy on TV's Doctor Who.

Meanwhile Lisa brought a warmth and joy to her performance which was both honest and engaging, and she would be a welcome return to the Arena in future years.

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Credit also must go to the marvellous live band, whose musical flair adds so much to the overall experience.

If anything, Evolution Productions' St Albans pantomimes have almost become victims of their own staggering success, with expectations raised higher each year, and as usual, everything you wanted from a pantomime was there in spades, so while this might not have been the best show of recent years, it still knocks spots off any other panto you're likely to see this Christmas.

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle as Princess Aurora in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Andy Day as Jangles in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithAndy Day as Jangles in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJangles (Andy Day) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jangles (Andy Day) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJangles (Andy Day) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) with the Noiseometer  in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) with the Noiseometer in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding), Jangles (Andy Day), King Larry (Ian Kirkby) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding), Jangles (Andy Day), King Larry (Ian Kirkby) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding), Jangles (Andy Day), King Larry (Ian Kirkby) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding), Jangles (Andy Day), King Larry (Ian Kirkby) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle), Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle), Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) and Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Another spurious comedy routine from Bob Golding and Ian Kirkby in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty, this time joined by Andy Day. Picture: Pamela RaithAnother spurious comedy routine from Bob Golding and Ian Kirkby in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty, this time joined by Andy Day. Picture: Pamela Raith

Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrince Charming (Phillip Ryan) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Prince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrince Charming (Phillip Ryan) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Fairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithFairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

The Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithThe Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

The Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithThe Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

The Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithThe Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

The Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithThe Baggy Trousers Madness scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

It's back to school for the cast of St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIt's back to school for the cast of St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

It's back to school for the cast of St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIt's back to school for the cast of St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Nurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithNurse Nellie (Bob Golding) and Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Andy Day as Jangles in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithAndy Day as Jangles in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie on an ostrich in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding as Nurse Nellie on an ostrich in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Jemma Carlisle, Andy Day and Phillip Ryan in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithJemma Carlisle, Andy Day and Phillip Ryan in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Princess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) pricks her finger on a spinning wheel in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPrincess Aurora (Jemma Carlisle) pricks her finger on a spinning wheel in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding, Lisa Davina Phillips and Andy Day in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding, Lisa Davina Phillips and Andy Day in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Rita Simons as Carabosse and Phillip Ryan as Prince Charming in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithRita Simons as Carabosse and Phillip Ryan as Prince Charming in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding as Nurse Nellie in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Phillip Ryan as Prince Charming, Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie and Ian Kirkby as the King in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithPhillip Ryan as Prince Charming, Bob Golding as Nurse Nellie and Ian Kirkby as the King in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby gets a soaking in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby gets a soaking in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithBob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby and Bob Golding in the bathroom scene in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Fairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) and Carabosse (Rita Simons) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithFairy Moonbeam (Lisa Davina Phillip) and Carabosse (Rita Simons) in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

Ian Kirkby, Bob Golding and Andy Day in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithIan Kirkby, Bob Golding and Andy Day in St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith

St Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela RaithSt Albans pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Alban Arena. Picture: Pamela Raith


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