Community News: CADS The Greatest Show

Rehearsals are now well underway for the next Royston Town Pantomime, presented by local drama group CADS, and it could be their biggest and most spectacular show ever!

The Little Mermaid is by Hertford-shire writer Warren McWilliams, who was also responsible for this year’s record-breaking Sleeping Beauty. It tells the story of Mariel, the little mermaid of the title, who visits dry land on her birthday and falls in love with the human Prince Derek. When the Prince’s ship is wrecked by the evil sea witch Octavia, Mariel saves his life but cannot let him know who she is. He awakens with only the memory of her voice and determines to find her. But Octavia tricks Mariel into swapping voices with her in an attempt to win Prince Derek for herself and rule as Queen on land.

The full cast for The Little Mermaid can be viewed on the CADS website and with about 45 members in the show is one of the largest casts the group has assembled. There are, as usual, many familiar faces among them but, gratifyingly, there are also sixteen actors completely new to CADS, many of them among the juniors. And Duncan and the technical team are promising some magical special effects along with the customary songs, dances, dreadful jokes and slapstick nonsense.

The pantomime will be performed as usual at King James Academy Royston (Senior Site) during the last two weekends in January 2024, and once again the group is putting on an additional matinee performance so that more children (and grown-ups, too, of course!) can enjoy the show.

Performance dates are Saturday 20th January (2 and 7.30pm), Sunday 21st January (11.30am), Friday 26th January (7.30pm) and Saturday 27 January (2 and 7.30pm).

Tickets, which cost £15 full price and £10 for concessions (children, students and pensioners) are available at or by telephone from the Box Office on 07856 599039