READING

The Royal County Theatre / Palace Theatre / Hexagon Theatre

The Theatre Royal & Albert Hall (Friar Street, Reading)was destroyed by fire in 1874

The Royal County Theatre opened 20th June 1887 and was renamed as The Prince's Theatre of Varieties in September 1893. This building was destroyed by fire on 25th August 1894.

 

The New County Theatre opened 16th September 1895.

The Palace Theatre (located in Cheapside) was opened on 30th September 1907. The venue closed for good on 9th January 1960 and was demolished in 1961.

The Hexagon Theatre (Queen's Walk, Reading) was built in 1977 and it's first performance too place 7th November 1977.

1936/37 Robinson Crusoe

New County Theatre

Jack Stanley

1939/40 Little Red Riding Hood

Palace Theatre

Wilfred Brandon

Yvonne Zeeta

Mona Vivian

Joan Morton

Irene White

George Perry

Fred Hovis

Peter Fannan

1944/45 Babes in the Wood

Palace Theatre

Jimmy Ramsay

Joy Holman

1954/54 Cinderella

Palace Theatre

Terry Scott

1957/58 Goody Two Shoes

Palace Theatre

Jay Martel

Penny Nicholls

Marina Eden

1959/60 Babes in the Wood

Palace Theatre

1983/84 Aladdin

Hexagon

Mike Berry (Are You Being Served)

Jack Smethurst

1986/87 Dick Whittington

Hexagon

Bobby Davro 
Brian Cant (Playschool)
Letitia Dean (Eastenders)
Brian Conley
Geoff Capes

1987/88 Aladdin

Hexagon

Keith Chegwin

Frankie Howerd

Hilary O'Neil

Kathy Staff (Crossroads, Last of the Summer Wine)

Shreela Ghosh (Eastenders)

1989/90 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Hexagon

Nikki Kelly (Hi De Hi)

Linda Lusardi
Stu Francis (Crackajack)
Barry McGuigan

1989/90 Babes in the Wood

Hexagon

Little & Large
Jan Leeming
Mia Carla
Tony Peers
Alan Meadows
Patsy Ann Scott

1990/91 Cinderella

Hexagon

Lionel Blair
Rod Hull & Emu
Liza Goddard
Fred Evans
Jimmy Thompson
David Tudor
Michael Gyngell
Paul Gyngell
Denise Van Outen

1991/92 Dick Whittington

Hexagon

Anita Dobson (Eastenders)

Christopher Biggins

The Chuckle Brothers

Bruce Montague (Butterflies)

Basil Soper

1993/94 Peter Pan

Hexagon

Leslie Grantham (Eastenders)

Bernie Clifton

Una Stubbs (Sherlock, Worzel Gummidge)

Michaela Strachan (The Really Wild Show)

1994/95 Aladdin

Hexagon

Dennis Waterman (Minder, New Tricks)

Rula Lenska

Tudor Davies

Charlie Cairoli

Jet (Gladiators)

1995/96 Cinderella

Hexagon

Bobby Davro

Linda Robson (Within These Walls, Birds of a Feather)

1996/97 Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Hexagon

Mr Motivator (GMTV)

Wendy Turner

Peter Piper

Des King

Maurice Thorogood

Rory The Tiger

1997/98 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Hexagon

Linda Lusardi
Bernard Curry (Wentworth)
Dave Benson Phillips
The Power Rangers

1998/99 The Wizard of Oz

Hexagon

Michaela Strachan (The Hit Man and Her)

Andy Ford

Tony Adams 

Simon Slater

1999/00 Peter Pan

Hexagon

Chris Jarvis

Hilary O'Neil

Derek Griffiths

Graham Rogers

2000/01 Cinderella

Hexagon

Keith Chegwin

Kym Valentine (Neighbours)

Peter Piper

2001/02 Aladdin

Hexagon

Kulvinder Ghir

Nick Weir

2002/03 Jack and the Beanstalk

Hexagon

Keith Chegwin

Carol Harrison (Eastenders)

Bill & Ben

2003/04 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Hexagon

Su Pollard (Hi De Hi)

Christopher Lilicrap

Deborah Chapman

2004/05 Mother Goose

Hexagon

Bonnie Langford (Eastenders)

Mark Speight

Christopher Lilicrap

2005/06 Cinderella

Hexagon

Lynda Baron (Open All Hours)

Michelle Hardwick

Christopher Lilicrap

2006/07 Aladdin

Hexagon

Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who)

Nicola Weeks

Christopher Lilicrap

2007/08 Jack and the Beanstalk

Hexagon

Toyah Wilcox

Simon Ludders

Harvey James

Christoper Lilicrap

2008/09 Dick Whittington

Hexagon

John Altman (Eastenders)

Guy Sinclair (Allo Allo)

2009/10 Cinderella

Hexagon

Rula Lenska

Sally Oliver

Nicola Weeks

Simon Davies

Rolan Bell

Laura Jeffrey

2010/11 Sleeping Beauty

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Jane Tucker (Rainbow)

Leah Bracknell (Emmerdale)

Jolyon Dixon

2011/12 Aladdin

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Anne Charleston (Crossraods, Neighbours, Emmerdale, Dosa and Joe, Prisoner Cell Block H)

2012/13 Beauty and the Beast

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Vicki Michelle (Allo Allo)

Jolyon Dixon

2013/14 Jack & the Beanstalk

Hexagon

Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker)

Ken Morley (Coronation Street)

Emma Barton (Eastenders)

Paul Morse

Jon Clegg

Debbie McGee

Richard Morse

2014/15 Cinderella

Hexagon

Liza Goddard

Jon Clegg

Anna Williamson

Dave Myers

2015/16 Dick Whittington

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Kerry Newell

Paul Morse

2016/17 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Paul Morse

Karl Loxley

2017/18 Peter Pan

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Paul Morse

Kieran Morris

2018/19 Aladdin

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher

Paul Morse

2019/20 Cinderella

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher
Paul Morse
Gracie Johnson

2020/21 NO PANTOMIME DUE TO THE WORLD WIDE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19

Hexagon

 

2021/22 Beauty and the Beast

Hexagon

Justin Fletcher
Paul Morse