One For The History Books!

Another panto run comes to a close, and it’s safe to say Cinderella Rockafella was a smash hit!

Audiences packed out the Hawarden Institute for all 4 performances of this brand new (or should that be stone age) take on the pantomime classic, written by Fiona Burdsall, and directed by Kevin Dye.  Two of shows were completely sold out, allowing our largest audience to date at the venue to witness, singing, dancing, puns – both hysteical, and groan inducing, costume changes, water squirting, and a panto cow disguised as a wooly mammoth!

The Players would like to thank all those behind the scenes that make the magic happen, and congratualtions to the entire cast, not least our new faces; Fiona, Rhiannon, Jenny and Rhys, who all made their debut with the group and were fantastic from start to finish!

We will be uploading a gallery of pictures soon from Cinderella Rockafella soon for you to have a look at.  In the meantime, if you came to see the show, why not leave us your thoughts on our Facebook Page?

Up next it will be our summer play, watch this space for all the details!

Just a Few Days

With Cinderella Rockafella a matter of days away now, here’s a quick look at how rehearsals have been progressing lately in the form of the shows first trailer!

And as if that wasn’t enough to feast your eyes upon, here are a selection of pictures taken as the cast put the finishing touches to this wonderful pantomime:

As you can see, the set is built and painted, and looking wonderful.  Many thanks to the team who have got it looking so fantastic!  The lights and sound are now plotted, the costumes are hanging up, and the water pistols are already filled.

One more rehearsal to go on Thursday evening, and then we open on Saturday 21st January at 3pm, followed by a quick reset of the stage, and we will be ready to do it all over again, the same day at 7.30pm!

Don’t worry if you cant make either of those performances, because we have 2 more the following week on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th, both starting at 7.30pm!

Tickets are priced just £7 for adults and £5 for children and are still available to buy from our Purchase page, by calling 01244 531085, or on the door on the day of performance.  Believe us, you won’t want to miss this fabulous show.

See you there!

Our 2017 Pantomime Is…

Following the success of ‘Gone To Pot’ the Hawarden Players have had their well earned summer break, and straight into the thick of it, having already started work on our next production which we are delighted to announce as…


Cinderella Rockafella: A PreHysterical Pantomime

Another fantastic script lovingly created by our own Fiona Burdsall, and under the direction of Kevin Dye, assisted by Diane Lott, this is sure to be a show that goes down in history.

Keep checking this website and our social media accounts for all the news regarding this exciting project, and the cast list which will shortly be announced!

Our 2016 Pantomime Poster

Here is your first look at our poster for Ice Queen: A Pantomime!


Keep your eyes peeled for it in person around the Flintshire, Chester and Wrexham areas over the next few weeks!

Tickets are selling fast for our performances, so make sure you book yours now from our purchase page, and avoid missing out on what promises to be a brilliant start to your 2016!

Ice Queen Cast List

October has just begun, and already the Hawarden Players are looking beyond Christmas, and into the new year.  Work has begun on our January pantomime, The Ice Queen, and following auditions, we are happy to announce the following cast list:
Ice Queen Cast

Our initial ‘blocking’ rehearsals are under way on this brilliant, original script by our chairperson Fiona Burdsall, who is also taking on the directional duties!  The song list has been finalised, the set is under construction, and costumes are being sorted.  Its going to be a busy few months for the group, but no doubt hugely enjoyable as always!

Tickets will be on sale soon for the performances.  Keep checking our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest news, pictures and gossip!

Tickets On Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for Hawarden Players’ 2015 Pantomime, Mirror Mirror



We have 4 Performances, taking place:

Friday 23rd January 7.30pm
Saturday 24th January 3.00pm Matinee & 7.30pm
Sunday – 25th January 3.00pm Matinee

Tickets are available HERE, with an adult tickets for £7 and child tickets for £5!

Keep checking online for all the latest info and pictures straight from the Hawarden Institute, in the meantime here is the first set of rehearsal pictures:

Our Upcoming Panto…

The Hawarden Players proudly present our 2013 pantomime ‘Aladdin’!Aladdin Poster

This Hawarden Players version of the panto classic written by Norman Robbins takes you on the journey of Aladdin and his magic lamp all the way from Peking to Egypt. On the way you will encounter all the well loved panto characters such as Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee, The Genie, Princess Jasmin, and Aladdin himself, attempting to overcome the wicked plans of the evil Abanazar!

Directed by Gilli Rhys, and assisted by Deborah Dickinson, the show will provided laughs and cheers, along with much needed booing and hissing, with a good few chances for a sing song along the way.

This is a very special show for the group, as it is somewhat of a homecoming performance, having returned to Hawarden to put on this brilliant production at the Hawarden Institute!

Performances take place:
Friday 25th January 7.30pm
Saturday 26th January 3.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 27th January 3.00pm

  • Tickets are now available from the TICKETS page of
  • through our ticket hotline – 01244 531085
  • on sale at Sweet Memories based within the Daleside Nurserys, Gladstone Way, Hawarden
  • or on the door, on the day of performance

Here are some rehearsal pictures so far:

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Panto Season Over – Oh Yes It Is!

In the space of less than a fortnight, 5 months of hard work put in by all involved with the Hawarden Players has come to a head.  The group performed 2 weekends worth of shows for brilliant audiences travelling far and wide to get their annual fix of pantomime madness provided by the Players.  We are all thrilled with how every performance went, and hope anyone who came to see us had a great few hours out!  The feedback we have received in person, on this website, and on our Facebook Page has been fantastic, and is greatly welcomed!

Pictures were being taken left, right, and centre to be uploaded to the website, and can be found by clicking the following links:

Rehearsals & Behind The Scenes album

Wild West: The Panto – Act 1, Dress Rehearsal

Wild West: The Panto – Act 2, Dress Rehearsal

If you were a part of the audience, and took a few pictures, we would love to see them. please get in contact with us by leaving a comment below.

But for now, all that remains is to say a HUGE thank you to anyone that took part in the show, and each individual that helped out behind the scenes in whatever capacity they could.

But an even bigger thank you to each and every audience member that came along and supported the Hawarden Players latest panto venture, and gave us all the cheers, boo’s, laughter, and applause that makes it all worth it, and allows us to perform in shows we will remember fondly, and go down as a great achievement in the Hawarden Players history books!

See you for our next play, taking place July 2012!

Wild West: The Panto

Hawarden Players Go Wild For Panto! 

Following the recent successes of “Cinderella” and “The Happiest Days of Your Life”, award winning drama group, the Hawarden Players, are taking a walk on the wild side for their next production: ‘Wild West: The Panto’, and invite you to don your cowboy hat and boots, and join them on the journey .

Written by Fiona Burdsall, and directed by Daniel Ellis and Jane Ainscough, the panto follows our hero, young cowboy Jo, and his somewhat unusual sidekick on their adventures and encounters in the dusty town of Big Gulp and beyond.

“Rehearsals for ‘Wild West: The Panto’ have been a joy to be a part of, and I hope that will shine through when we come to perform our show” said Dan Ellis, co-director. “How many other productions in the Flintshire area can boast they have cowboys, Indians, Mexicans, an outrageous dame and a pantomime classic character of the four legged variety, all coming together to give an audience a hilarious, and uplifting 3 hours of fun they will never forget?  Our show has everything you have come to expect from a panto and more. Songs that you know and love; dances that will get you boogying out of your seats, and a few surprising twists along the way!  We are fresh off winning an award for our ‘Outstanding Endeavour in Community Theatre’ and are extremely enthused by the support shown by the local areas in supporting the Hawarden Players. Anyone who has ever witnessed one of our plays or pantomimes would agree they leave with a huge smile on their face, and this panto will definitely leave you wanting more!”

Performances of ‘Wild West: The Panto’ will take place at the Hawkesbury Little Theatre, Mill Lane, Buckley on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2012.  Doors open at 7.00pm, with the curtain going up at 7.30pm.  There will also be a special matinee performance on the Saturday 21st January, with doors opening at 1:00pm and the show starting at 1.30pm.  Tickets are on sale now, priced just £6 for adults and £5 for children and can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline on 01244 531085.  Tickets are also available online by clicking here; from Sweet Memories sweet shop, located within Daleside Nurseries, Hawarden; or on the door the night of the performance, but be warned tickets are selling fast!