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It is the Fairfield Halls’ last ever panto! Oh no it isn’t…

2 years bad idea

Inside Croydon

OPENING NIGHT: The uncertainty over the immediate future of the Fairfield Halls saw DIANA ECCLESTON receiving mixed messages about the 2016 Croydon panto during the course of the opening night of the 2015 show

I’ve been going to pantomimes at the Ashcroft Theatre pretty much since the Fairfield Halls were opening by the Queen Mother in 1962.

Stephen Mulhern is the star turn of this year's Fairfield Halls pantomime. Picture by Frazer Ashford Stephen Mulhern is the star turn of this year’s Fairfield Halls pantomime. Picture by Frazer Ashford

It was very exciting for a kid back then: a spanking new place to see shows, and even though I thought the pantos were dire, the memory of them remains with me. They starred Cyril Fletcher with scripts by his wife Betty Astell and random variety acts totally unconnected with the storyline would suddenly appear to do their thing. It developed in me a love of live theatre and of the pantomime tradition in particular.

And I…

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