Snow White panto will get the family laughing in North Walsham this Christmas

Joseph Ballard plays the Wicked Queen Titania in the Pop Up People’s Theatre's Christmas panto Snow

Joseph Ballard plays the Wicked Queen Titania in the Pop Up People’s Theatre's Christmas panto Snow White. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE THEATRE - Credit: Archant

A magic mirror, a poisoned apple, plenty of laughs and audience participation are all ingredients in a Christmas family pantomime being planned for North Walsham.

The town's Pop Up People's Theatre plans to put on performances of Snow White at the Black Swan in Black Swan Loke in the town centre.

The panto is being written and produced by Joseph Ballard, who founded the theatre and runs New Stages.

Mr Ballard, who also plays one of the lead roles in the panto, said the show would be something everyone could enjoy.

He said: 'Pantomime is part of Christmas – when audiences can get together with their family, friends and loved ones and enjoy a show where there is something for everyone; magic, adventure and comedy.

'It's important to embrace the traditions of panto whilst marrying them up to modern audiences to ensure everyone of evert age has a great time to get them in the Christmas spirit.

'This year I'm playing one of the ultimate baddies of all time – the Wicked Queen.

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'Still, there will be lots of comedy will be involved as she's not as good at magic as she thinks she is.'

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Mr Ballard will be joined on stage by members of the People's Theatre Company, along with the young dancers of Dance For Fun and members of North Norfolk Youth Theatre.

The show follows the success of the theatre's production of Jack and the Beanstalk last year.

Performances will take place December 20-24, with 2pm matinees on three of the days as well as evening shows.

The first performance is for pre-booked groups only, see more details on the website below.

Tickets are £8 in advance, available in person from the Showcase Gallery, by calling the box office on 01692 434112 or online at