‘The Revenge of Rumplestiltskin’, 1994
Building on the popularity of the previous year’s Victorian-style panto, this had a strong Georgian flavour, both in design and performance. It was based on the fairy tale The Yellow Dwarf, with songs set to music by Handel and Purcell. Rumpelstiltskin grew half a meter taller before the audience’s very eyes and a dragon breathed real smoke! Work-experience student Rosie Hughes did her work experience on this show, returning as a fully-fledged actor 4 years later.