Oh yes they did! Hundreds pack panto to raise money for Mayor’s Charities

The Mayor of Kingston has thanked generous theatregoers who are estimated to have raised several thousand pounds for local charities.

More than 500 people flocked to the Rose Theatre for a special performance of Aladdin last month.

The show, staged by New Malden theatre group St James’s Players, was in aid of the Mayor’s Charitable Trust which is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society and Princess Alice Hospice.

“It was a great night out, a brilliant turnout for a fantastic family show. I’m grateful to all those who supported the event to help two very worthy causes, and I thank the St James’s Players and the Rose Theatre for putting on a terrific pantomime.”

The Mayor, Councillor Penny Shelton

The Mayor personally arranged for several groups of local children to receive free tickets and transport to and from the theatre, and CNM Estates kindly sponsored tickets for a large group from the Kingston Carers’ Network’s Young Carers Project to attend this special performance and enjoy a fun evening out.

“We’d like to thank the Mayor and CNM Estates, it was a rare chance for us all to go out together. Everyone had a wonderful time.”

Diane White of Kingston Carers’ Network

“We were delighted to be asked to perform at the Rose and we were very pleased with the performance.  It brings challenges, as we only got to rehearse at the Rose once on the afternoon before the performance but we all loved doing it and the audience seemed to love it too. Oh yes they did!”

Judith West of St James’s Players