Goldilocks – Christmas 1959

There was plenty going on in Rhyl during the Christmas period of 1959.  The front pages of the December issues of the Rhyl Journal and Advertiser had advertisements for a wide array of entertainment.  The Ritz Ballroom was advertising dances on Christmas Eve, Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve.  At the Regent Ballroom there was “Merry Xmas Dancing” – a Grand Xmas Eve Carnival, a Grand Boxing Night Carnival and a New Year’s Eve Carnival Ball.  The Pavilion featured too – the Flint and Denbigh Hunt Supporters’ Dance was advertised for December 4th and Rhyl Rugby Club promoted their New Year’s Eve Annual Carnival Ball.  If dancing wasn’t your thing there were advertisements for the many cinemas in the vicinity: the Plaza, the Regal and the Odeon in Rhyl, the Palladium and Scala in Prestatyn  and the Luxor in Abergele.

The front pages of the Journal throughout December featured advertisements for the Rhyl Children’s Theatre Club’s fourteenth production  – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to be held at the Queen’s Theatre.  It ran from December 26th until January 2nd, twice daily.



GoldilocksLadies and Gentlemen of the Chorus

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There was a report of the show in the Journal of January 7th 1960 under the headline

“Rhyl’s Own Pantomime”

“Happier Spirit than Ever” – CTC Producer

“After the fall of the final curtain on the Rhyl Children’s Theatre Club’s Christmas  pantomime, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ at the Queen’s Theatre, Rhyl on Saturday night, the producer Mr Joseph Holroyd, stepped forward to the front of the stage to express thanks on behalf of all taking part for the wonderful support they had received.  He voiced particular thanks to Rhyl Entertainments Ltd and the staff of the Queen’s Theatre for the help they had given in so many ways.”

The Club had put on fourteen performances in front of splendid audiences.  Mr Holroyd finished, amid applause, by saying that the Pantomime for the following Christmas, 1960, would be “Aladdin”.




Filed under 1950's, Clubs/Societies, Entertainment

3 responses to “Goldilocks – Christmas 1959

  1. Ann

    Oh to be back in 1950s Rhyl! My sister and I were members of the Children’s Theatre Club and I remember we met at a little theatre in Queen Street (somewhere behind Rhydwen Jones furniture shop?). Sadly we moved away from Rhyl in 1958 due to Dad’s job so didn’t take part in Goldilocks! Love those costumes!

  2. Are there any records of Robinson Caruso at the little theatre?

  3. Lorraine Davies

    I was a member of the children’s theatre club. My name then was Lorraine Hulme and I played Goldilocks in the production. I am in the centre of the picture above in a gold dress. My last show was The Wizard of Oz in the Town Hall not sure if that was 1961 where I played Dorothy and Joe Holroyd played the wizard. The theatre and rehearsal rooms were upstairs in Queen Street where many plays were performed. In the programme above I was also in 3 of the four productions being advertised. I have many happy memories of my time with the club and my mother and father used to help with costumes, scenery, props and of course tea and refreshments. Also my mother helped on the stall {along with many other including Joe and ‘Mr. Pastry} selling bricks for 2/6d to build The New Little Theatre. Joe worked very hard, with little remuneration , to keep the place going. He was strict but fair when rehearsing and would not tolerate any messing about. I went on to do professional work dancing, singing and acting in theatres and cabaret around the country and abroad.

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