New home saves Brent pantomime from the final curtain

Much loved amateur dramatics group were facing homelessness

The much loved Brent pantomime, which was under threat after more than 40 years, has been saved after a new home has been found.

Claremont High School, in Claremont Avenue, Kenton, will host The Chameleons Amateur Dramatic Society’s Olympic-themed version of Dick Whittington next January.

It is a huge relief to the sell-out dramatics group whose future was thrown into doubt last month �following Brent Council’s decision to render the former venue at the Town Hall on Forty Lane unfit for use.

Chairman Robert Spolander said it was a massive relief following months of hard work to find a new venue.

He said: “We have been around to at least 10 or 15 venues and there were various problems with each, but it’s brilliant to have found a new home.

“The school has a big drama department so they have sound and lighting capabilities, it may not be as big as the town hall but we are sure we can make it worth your money.”

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The Chameleons began in 1966 as Neasden Methodist Dramatic Society and the pantomime has been a popular since the first 1971 performance.

Mr Spolander continued: “It’s great that it has been saved as it’s important to not let things like this slip away.

“Every child remembers going to see their first pantomime,”

He added: “We do this for the community and the fact we have lasted as long as we have shows how successful we are.”

Claremont head Terry Molloy said: “Given that The Chameleons are so well established in the community its quite a coup for us to be hosting the pantomime and we wil do everything we can to make sure its a great occasion.

“As a school that specialises in performing arts, it is brilliant to be helping them and working with them.”