Casting for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

London theatre news: Wednesday 25 November 2020

Casting - Off-West End

Greenwich’s favourite panto villain Anthony Spargo returns in the cast of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, bringing festive magic south of the river to Greenwich Theatre.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase at Greenwich Theatre

Image courtesy Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre is scheduled to reopen this Christmas with Russ Tunney's thrilling festive adaptation of Joan Aiken's classic children's novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

A fun-filled socially distanced adventure, the show is accompanied by an online and interactive experience, Sir Willoughby's Challenge, for those unable to attend the live performance.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they encounter unforgettable characters, take on ferocious wolves and battle through snowy wastelands.

Greenwich Theatre's Artistic Director, James Haddrell, is set to handle the directing and here's his cast ...

Cast of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase at Greenwich Theatre

Top row (from left): Akshay Khanna, Alice DeWarrenne, Anthony Spargo, Cassandra Hercules

Bottom row: David Haller, Reice Weathers, Serin Ibrahim

Greenwich's favourite pantomime villain Anthony Spargo (Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part One and Two, Garrick Theatre; co-writer of Olivier nominated Alice's Adventures Underground for Les Enfants Terribles) will return to the theatre as Miss Slighcarp.

He will appear together with Alice De-Warrenne, Cassandra Hercules, Akshay Khanna, Serin Ibrahim and Reice Weathers (The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre).

Alongside the live performance, audience members also get the opportunity to join the cast in an online challenge to help Bonnie and Sylvia on an epic venture through their wintry world.

Sir Willoughby's Challenge is a brand new theatrical experience for brave and intrepid adventurers aged 6 to 12.

James Haddrell commented ...

"It may not be viable to present our regular festive panto, but the fun of Christmas theatre is more vital than ever this year and I'm proud that at Greenwich Theatre we'll be offering this festive show alongside an online, interactive production."

With the global pandemic closing theatres across the country, Greenwich Theatre has been overwhelmed by the support provided by its local audiences, alongside funding support from Arts Council England.

The venue is dedicated to providing and implementing safety measures to ensure the audience, staff and performers' safety.

After mounting their ambitious six-month online programme Greenwich Connects, the team are delighted to be injecting some festive spirit into the heart of the community and welcoming audiences back to the theatre.

Show listing information


A thrilling festive adventure set in an alternative history of England, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they fight against ferocious wolves and battle their way through snowy wastelands to defeat their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp.

This exciting, fun filled adaptation of Joan Aiken's classic children's novel sees cousins Bonnie and Sylvia and their friend Simon the Gooseboy encountering a host of unforgettable characters as they discover that the wolves roaming the forests and fields outside may not be as dangerous as the wolfish adults plotting inside…

Writer Joan Aiken won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Edgar Allen Poe Award and was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature in 1999.

A magical, musical, wintry treat, this socially distanced family production is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season in true theatrical style.


Miss Slighcarp - Anthony Spargo

Bonnie - Alice De-Warrenne

Sylvia - Cassandra Hercules

Simon - Ashkay Khanna

Mr Grimshaw / Miss Brisket - Serin Ibrahim

Sir Willoughby / Mr Wilderness / Mr Gripe - Reice Weathers


Author: Based on the novel by Joan Aiken, adapted by Russ Tunney
Composer: David Haller
Director: James Haddrell
Musical direction: David Haller
Production: Greenwich Theatre


Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill
SE10 8ES


From: Saturday 2 January 2021

Closed: Sunday 10 January 2021


Standard: £20


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