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Panto at The Customs House

Panto favourites Arbuthnot and Puddles are back for a new adventure at The Customs House this February half term.

And they’re bringing some special friends along as one of the biggest panto baddies comes back to wreak havoc in Cooksonville in Puddles’ Adventure.

The show sees the return of Fleshcreep – and only Arbuthnot (David John Hopper) and Puddles (Dale Jewitt) can save the day.

They’ve caught wind of his sneaky plans and must now join forces with their friends from all over town to form the ultimate superhero crime-fighting team.

But the duo, who appeared together for the first time in The Customs House’s most recent panto, The Lambton Worm, face a race against time to get to everyone before Fleshcreep hypnotises them to join his evil horde.

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Steven Lee Hamilton, who appeared as The Brave and Bold Sir John in The Lambton Worm, reprises his role as Fleshcreep from the 2016/2017 panto at The Customs House, Jack and the Beanstalk.

And the team recruited to help defeat him also features much-loved characters from previous pantos, including Chorizo the Pig from Little Red Riding Hood and Dormouse from Alice in Wonderland.

Chorizo will be repreised by Kylie Ann Ford, while Dormouse will be played by Eleanor Chaganis, who starred as Princess Aneesa in The Lambton Worm.

Will the heroes succeed in their task, or will Fleshcreep brainwash all of Cooksonville and take over? Join Arbuthnot, Puddles, Chorizo and Dormouse in this toe-tapping, boogie-woogie adventure to find out!

David, who is directing the show and co-writing it with Dale, said: “I am over the moon to be back at The Customs House.”

“Arbuthnot is my favourite character to play and the audience at The Customs House really do make the shows. Let’s see what mischief Arbut can get himself into this time!”

Puddles’ Adventure runs from Wednesday, February 14, to Friday, February 16, with performances at 11am and 2pm.

Tickets, priced £7.50 each, are available from the box office on 0191 454 12334 or online at

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