Published: 24th December 2019

The Customs House is asking panto audiences to dig deep this festive season to support its future activities. Bucket collections at the end of every performance of Snow White will benefit The Customs House Trust Ltd, the charitable arm behind the South Shields arts venue.  The Customs House has been a registered charity since it opened and in its 25th year, bosses are asking audiences to contribute to its future.

Executive Director Ray Spencer said: “We have faced real challenges this year with significant capital works undertaken, some seen, some unseen.  “Consequently, we enter 2020 with little reserves for any further unplanned expenditure, so we are this year asking our patrons to support us as our designated charity this year.”

The Customs House panto has previously raised funds for local organisations including Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids appeal (Beauty and the Beast), The Charlie and Carter Foundation (The Lambton Worm) and the NSPCC (Jack and the Beanstalk).

Snow White runs until January 5, 2020, and stars Ray Spencer as Dame Bella Ballcock, Davey Hopper as Arbuthnot, Annie Guy as Snow White, Dale Jewitt as Prince of the North, Steven Lee Hamilton as The Evil Queen, Bethan Amber as Minerva the Mirror and Charlie Raine and Luke Maddison as skunks Sniffy and Whiffy.

Performance times vary and tickets, priced from £9.99, are available from the box office in person or on (0191) 454 1234 or online at

Tickets are also on sale now for next year’s panto, Rapunzel, which runs from Wednesday, November 25, 2020, to Sunday, January 3, 2021.