Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

“It’s Panto time once again’’ at the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton, as Melodramatics proudly presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Join us as we travel with Alice into the crazy world of the Wonderland in this creative adaptation of Alice in Wonderland –  a show full of excitement, laughter, music, and all that goes with pantomime. It will be fun for all the family, so please book your seats now to be sure you don’t miss out on a great night out.

There will be evening performances on Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th February, plus two matinee performances at 11am and 3pm on Saturday. For further details regarding performance times and how to book tickets, please email or telephone 01480 860444 (Watson’s of Kimbolton).


The background to Melodramatics in Spaldwick

Kimbolton panto

25yrs ago, a teacher at Spaldwick School came up with the idea of staging a pantomime, with a view to raising funds for the school. So, a group of like-minded parents, teachers and governors got together and The Spaldwick Pantomime (now known as Melodramatics) was born.

The very first panto was Aladdin performed in the Spaldwick School hall on open plan staging blocks borrowed from Littlehey prison, and without a curtain. With very basic lighting, scenery was changed in the dark! Despite its limitations, a great show was put on and it was then decided to make this an annual event.  Our last performance in Spaldwick was in 2002. Due to health and safety regulations, we moved to the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton and we became Melodramatics.

Over the years, Melodramatics has continued to grow as a drama group with the main  aim of producing good family entertainment and having fun. Membership comes from  numerous villages around the local area. Several founding  members from the Spaldwick School catchment area are still involved and taking part.

As with any organisation, it wouldn’t exist without the dedication of a huge team involved in each production. Over the years, there have been around 130 performances, with over 13,000 people seeing our shows. Hundreds of hours have been spent rehearsing, building sets and writing scripts. As a group, we have raised in the region of £28,000 for various local organisations and charities.

This year’s pantomime, Alice In Wonderland, looks set to continue in the well-established tradition of providing excellent entertainment for children and adults alike. Please support it!

For further details regarding performance times and how to book tickets, please email or telephone 01480 860444 (Watson’s of Kimbolton).


David Watson