Last weekend Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds opened its magical Nordic cabin in Charter Square to five-star reviews from local families.
In partnership with the Arc Shopping Centre the theatre is presenting “Where’s Santa”, a 20-minute, magical, performance for two to seven year olds and their grown up this Christmas.
It is bought to life by two professional actors, Terry Molloy as Santa and Hatty Ashton as Älva.
Radio 4 listeners may recognise the voice of East Anglian based actor, Terry Molloy as Mike Tucker from “The Archers” – a role he has played since 1974.
On television and audio drama, Terry is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the evil genius Davros, creator of the Daleks and nemesis of “Doctor Who” in the BBC TV series. Playing the jolly man himself, Terry makes the perfect Santa.
Local actor Hatty Ashton plays Älva, Santa’s trusty Elf. She encourages the children to join her in looking for clues around the cabin to help find Santa.
Hatty’s love of theatre began in her school days with Suffolk Young Peoples Theatre and has grown exponentially since then- all the way to RADA.
She is no stranger to Theatre Royal having understudied Fairy, Tommy the Cat and Dick Whittington in the 2017 pantomime “Dick Whittington” and Fairy, Evil Fairy and Princess in the 2018 pantomime “Sleeping Beauty”.
Theatre Royal’s artistic director Owen Calvert-Lyons said: “In Bury St Edmunds we are renowned for our fantastic pantomime but this year we wanted to go even further and create something special for the younger children in the heart of the town centre – a theatrical twist on meeting Santa. When children step into our Christmas Cabin they will be transported to a magical place – Santa’s living room. They will help Älva, Santa’s Elf, find Santa and discover along the way which pictures he has on the wall, what wallpaper he has chosen and even what his slippers look like.”
Tickets, costing £8 each for one adult and one child, are available at www.theatreroyal.org and performances are December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.