Cobham Players squeeze zombies into Sleeping Beauty production

Panto: Sleeping Beauty

Panto: Sleeping Beauty

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Enchantment will be spread among children and adult alike as the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty will be revisited by the Cobham Players.

Directed by Keith Burgess, the group’s latest pantomime retells the fairytale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, the wonder of sleep and the handsome prince who wakes her from her slumber.

On the christening day of the king and queen’s daughter, an array of gifts of blessing are presented for the young child.

The story would not be complete without classic pantomime villains, and Sleeping Beauty’s comes in the form of the wicked fairy Carabosse, who has an equally wicked talking cat named Spindleshanks.

Much like in the Disney adaptation of the story, Carabosse curses the princess, although the curse is intercepted and amended by good fairy, Fairy Peaceful.

Eighteen years later, the princess succumbs to the curse when she pricks her finger on the needle of the memorising spinning needle - cue spooky music.

The princess falls asleep for 100 years, and so as not to miss too much, Fairy Peaceful sends the rest of the palace to sleep too. In the Cobham adaptation, all those sent to sleep have nightmares about zombies. 

But all is not lost, as a handsome prince arrives to save the day and helps create a happy, fairytale ending.

The Sleeping Beauty by The Cobham Players; Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham; January 16, 17 and 18, shows at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm; £8; tickets available from Cobham Bookshop, Anyards Road, Cobham, or online at

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