We are excited to announce X Factor Finalist, Holly Tandy will be starring as Sleeping Beauty in Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s 2019 pantomime (Fri 6 Dec – Sun 5 Jan). Oh yes she is!
Holly will be appearing alongside Guildford’s favourite Kit Hesketh-Harvey as the Bad Fairy Carabosse, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon as Nanny Fanny and everyone’s favourite Brummie Jamie Brook as Muddles.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Director and Director of Sleeping Beauty, Joanna Read said: “We are delighted that Holly Tandy will be joining the team here at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this year, playing Sleeping Beauty alongside our well-established pantomime favourites. Our annual pantomimes are produced in-house and we are looking to extend our home produced work this year. Further details will be announced later in the year.”
When Evil Fairy, Carabosse doesn’t receive an invite to Princess Aurora’s christening, she casts a curse on her.
Can the Good Fairy and Muddles protect Aurora? Will the Prince save the day?
With award-winning choreography, fabulous sets, sparkling costumes, magical illusions and enough laughter to wake up even the sleepiest of princesses, this year’s Sleeping Beauty is a must-see for all the family.

Sleeping Beauty is an Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production. Directed by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s Director, Joanna Read, written by Jamie Smith, choreographed by award-winning Katie Beard, costumes designed by Jamie Attle, lighting by John Harris and set by Imagine Theatre.
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The announcement comes the same week Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s autumn brochure is published.
Featuring the very best of drama including the riotously funny Ayckbourn classic Ten Times Table and Alice Seabold’s world famous novel, The Lovely Bones. Robert Lindsay joins us from a sell-out London run of Prism about the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywoods’ greatest divas look beautiful through a lens. Oscar Wilde’s classic, A Woman of No Importance is also brought to live in a brand new production starring Liza Goddard.
Music also features strongly this season with fellow-Surrey residents Brian Blessed putting the passion into Shakespeare’s most dramatic speeches in Shakespeare and Music, SIX*, the musical story of the wives of King Henry VIII, will also be opening its country-wide tour here after a record-breaking run in the West End.
On general sale from 10am on Monday 17 June. *SIX is on sale now!

We caught up with X Factor finalist Holly Tandy at the recent Sleeping Beauty photoshoot.
Hi Holly, Welcome to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and our panto this year, Sleeping Beauty.
Thank you, I am so excited. It has been great meeting the rest of the cast today. I can’t wait to get stuck in and see the audience smiling and enjoying the show.
Tell us about the 2017 X Factor auditions…
It was amazing. I went straight into the X Factor auditions after leaving school. It has been a whirlwind but it has led me to where I am today, it’s been so much fun.
What have you been up to since X Factor?
I was recently one of six singers who took part in Eurovision You Decide to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. I have also been doing lots of charity work and this summer I will be releasing an album, and learning my lines for panto.
Have you ever been to Guildford before?
I haven’t. I recently recorded some songs in a recording studio near Guildford and my mum visited the town and said how lovely it is. It’s funny that I am now going to be here in panto. I can’t wait to look around and get to know the town, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to playing an amazing character with a twist – all will be revealed. The character is all about female empowerment. It’s a great story and fabulous Christmas panto.
What message do you have for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre audience?
Get yourself down here and enjoy a great night out, featuring the classic story of Sleeping Beauty with lots of fun, laughter and illusions thrown in. It’s going to be amazing!