My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

WIN Panto Tickets for Cinderella (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch)

It’s nearly panto time at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch ...
 "Oh yes it is!" 

Families won’t want to miss this year’s fun-packed festive tale, Cinderella, playing from 3 December, 2011 – 14 January, 2012.

Boys and girls of all ages can join kind Cinderella on an exciting adventure from rags to riches as The Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty fit for a Prince! There’s no more scrubbing for Cinders, she’s off to The Ball and everyone’s invited!

From enchanted pumpkins to lost crystal slippers, there’ll be magic, mayhem and comedy capers in the best panto in town this Christmas - starring the Queen’s professional resident company of actor-musicians, cut to the chase.

The whole family can cheer, boo and laugh at all their favourite panto characters - the riotously wicked Ugly Sisters, stupendously silly Buttons, dashing Prince Charming, thigh-slapping Dandini and bumbling Baron Hardup. And supporting the professional cut to the chase… cast is a Young Company of 24 super-talented local schoolchildren, who’ll be singing, dancing and playing various small roles.

Written and directed by Queen’s Artistic Director Bob Carlton with music and lyrics by Queen’s Musical Director Carol SlomanCinderella is full of catchy songs, spectacular sets, colourful costumes, side-splitting slapstick and loads of audience participation! For nearly 60 years, the Queen’s has been producing hugely popular Christmas pantomimes enjoyed by young and old, so families are guaranteed plenty of top-quality, traditional festive entertainment!

Cinderella stars cut to the chase… company members Natasha Moore as Cinderella, Niall Costigan as Prince Charming, Simon Jessop and Tom Jude as the Ugly Sisters,  Karen Fisher-Pollard as Fairy Godmother, Mark Stanford as Buttons, Stuart Organ as Baron Hardup, Callum Hughes as Dandini, with Robert MaloneyCarol Sloman and Al Twist as musicians.

This production is written and directed by Queen’s Theatre Artistic Director Bob Carlton, with set and costume design by Mark Walters, musical direction by Carol Sloman, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by Nik Dudley, with Andy Smart as associate sound designer, choreography by Donna Berlin and with Hannah Welch as assistant choreographer.

Cinderella will be performed at the Queen’s TheatreBillet LaneHornchurch from 3 December - 14 January. Tickets are £14 £21.50, with discounts for groups and families. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk

Competition Time!!

Here at The Hart of the Munchkin Patch, we are really excited to be going to see Cinderella at The Queen's Theatre at the beginning of December. We are also delighted to offer one of our lucky readers an opportunity to win a Family Ticket (up to 4 seats) to see this wonderful pantomime in January 2012. What better way to beat those 'New Year Blues' than a good family evening at the theatre?! For some photographs of the standard of performance held at the family friendly Queen's Theatre, take a look at the pictures from previous panto spectaculars!! The prize details are as follows:

Performance Date:    Wednesday, 4th January, 2012
Performance Time:    6.30pm
Address of Venue:    Queen's Theatre, Billet LaneHornchurch RM11 1QT
Prize:                     1 Family Ticket (up to 4 seats) 
All you need to do to enter is fill in the entry form below, completing the mandatory steps, and the optional steps for bonus entries!

Good Luck Everybody!!

Competition Closed!

Thank you to everyone who entered this wonderful competition. Our review of this fantastic production can be found HERE. Our experience at the Queens Theatre was truly magical and one that we will never forget. The family atmosphere at the venue is just perfect and I am sure that the winner will enjoy a simply dazzling experience!

Congratulations to our winner Kelly Butterworth! You have won the Family Ticket to see Cinderella at the Queens Theatre on Wednesday 4th January, 2012! Well done! Please email me at munchkinhart@gmail.com with your address and I will arrange for your tickets to be sent out to you! I hope you have as much fun as we did!!


  1. my favourite has to be sleeping beauty because of the fairytale tells of the strength of a loving kiss :)

  2. Snow white here and still is