Lakeside Arts



A new version by Mike Kenny
Directed by Matt Aston

Thursday 8  - Saturday 31 December 2011

From the writer of York Theatre Royal’s phenomenally successful production of The Railway Children, Red Riding Hood is Mike Kenny’s brand new version of this well-known fairy tale.

Once upon a time there was a young girl who went to spend the night at Grandma’s house.......and her little brother came too!!

She just wanted to go to sleep but he was having none of it and just wouldn’t settle down. Grandma’s attic is far too exciting for sleeping! And when you start acting out your favourite fairytale who knows what’s in store?

Join the intrepid twosome on a night to remember in Olivier award winning writer Mike Kenny’s brand new adaptation of the classic children’s tale. With music and songs from Julian Butler (Charlie and Lola), Red Riding Hood promises to be a magical treat for children aged 4+ and their families.

Designer: Laura McEwen
Lighting Designer: Richard Statham
Musical Director / Composer: Julian Butler

Dates and Times of Performances below:

8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 December 10.30am and 1.30pm
10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 27 - 31 December 1pm & 3.30pm
23 December 10.30am & 6pm
16 December 1.30pm Signed Performance open to all

The Cast



Nicola is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the Guildford School of Acting where her credits included: Snookie in 110 in the Shade, Frenchie in The Life, Sally Slaton in Jason Robert Brown’s hit musical Parade and Mrs Dai Bread 1and Mrs Beynon in Under Milk Wood. Nicola also played the role of Velma in West Side Story under the choreography of Phyllida Crowley-Smith at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Nicola's most recent credits since graduating are: Ensemble in The Boyfriend at Her Majesty's Theatre, Princess So-Shy in Aladdin at the Maltings Theatre in Berwick-upon-Tweed and featured singer in Snappy Title at the Cochrane Theatre.

Other credits include Laura in Like They've Never Been Gone on BBC Radio 4.

Nicola is really excited to be creating the part of Bridget in this premiere production of Red Riding Hood at the Lakeside Theatre.



Samuel Wells is an actor, musician and storyteller based in Devon. Since graduating from the University of Plymouth in 2010 with a degree in Theatre and Performance, he has worked and trained as a Theatre and Media Practitioner at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, as well as working regularly as a freelance performer and facilitator in the South West.  Previous work spans children’s theatre, theatre in education, contemporary dance, folk music and storytelling. Credits include:  From One Extreme to Another with the Barbican Theatre, Solitude with Promnesia Dance Theatre and he has also worked with the Awake Ensemble and the North Wall Arts Centre on a new adaption of Peer Gynt.

He performs regularly with his double act partner, Bunny, in travelling children’s variety show, Munch & Crunch with Promenade Promotions and as interactive folk duo Bunny & The Cabin Boy.