IT may seem hard to believe, but Aylesbury Waterside Theatre opened a year ago today with a gala performance of Swan Lake.
In just 12 months the iconic building has welcomed more 200,000 theatre-goers through its doors, and some of the biggest names from the West End have graced the stage.
From drama to dance, musical theatre to opera, comedy to rock music, classical music to the Christmas panto, there has been something for everyone.
The Calendar Girls, Knights of Spamalot, Buddy, Thriller Live, Rocky Horror and Peppa Pig have been seen treading the boards in companies that range from the National Theatre to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
And celebrities including James Corden, Cilla Black, Phil Jupitus, Jimmy Carr, Christopher Biggins, Jedward, and Henry ‘the Fonz’ Winkler have made their mark on Aylesbury’s theatrical history alongside more than 1,000 local people who have taken to the stage during workshops and projects.
Chief executive Elizabeth Adlington said: “We have enjoyed a great first year at the Waterside and have received a huge amount of support and warmth from our audiences who have told us how excited and surprised they have been to discover what the Waterside has to offer them.
“The feedback we have been given throughout the year has been of great value to us and has helped us refine our operation with the aim of delivering the best theatre-going experience in such a beautiful building.
“I am really looking forward to the next year at the Waterside – we have some great shows coming up and more exciting plans where we hope to be able to welcome even more people from Aylesbury and beyond through our doors.”
To mark its anniversary the Waterside will host a first birthday party on Thursday, November 24.
Panto star Jonny Wilkes will be joined by nine local finalists who will perform live for their chance to win a role for one night only in this year’s panto, Dick Whittington.
Tickets cost £5 with all proceeds to the Florence Nightingale Hospice – to book call 0844 871 7607 or you can visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury