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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs At Aberystwyth Arts Centre     

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  At Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Friday 9 – Saturday 24 January

Don’t miss director Richard Cheshire’s re-working of this magical and enchanting tale. Cruella, the wicked Queen is determined that she and not Snow White will be the country’s number one beauty. She banishes the royal guards – the magnificent seven dwarfs – far into the forest, and with the help of her ferocious fiery dragon conjures up dangerous and powerful magic to get rid of Snow White! With spectacular sets and costumes, plenty of comedy routines, slapstick, magic and mayhem and lots of surprises – don’t miss it!


The Wardens Amateur Dramatic Society started in 1944. It was formed by Air Raid Wardens in World War Two, hence the name. They set up the group to read plays and pass the time during wartime blackouts. The first production was a play called 'The Private Secretary'. The comedy, by Charles Hawtrey, was performed on 23rd May, 1945.

Performed in aid of the Llanbadarn Fawr Welcome Home Fund for returning soldiers, the Wardens first took to the stage in Llanbadarn Fawr Church Hall. The show was so successful, the Wardens went 'on tour', performing the play at the Kings Hall theatre, the popular seafront venue still missed by many today. Combining their duties protecting Aberystwyth from the threat of enemy bombers and their theatrical aspirations, this hardy group could never have anticipated the legacy of first class theatre they would leave the town.

Peacetime saw the Wardens offering a wide-range of theatre to suit all tastes.

In 1983 the Wardens performed their first pantomime, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. It won rave reviews in the 'Cambrian News', which said it was a "pantomime professionals could be proud of". It was directed by Richard Cheshire who has gone on to direct a further 32 pantomimes for the Wardens, truly becoming a spectacular Aberystwyth tradition.

The Wardens has proved to be a great training ground for a succession of performers and those working behind-the-scenes.

Over the years, the Wardens' annual pantomime has earned the group a loyal fan base who also turn up to see the performers in plays and musicals throughout the year. The founder members would be proud...
 
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