British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society

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British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society
Full nameBritish Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society
Native nameBACCES
Founded1970
AffiliationNational Operatic and Dramatic Association
Key peopleChairman: Werner Schwardtmann
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitewww.bacces.com/

BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. The national press heard of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of the cabin crew. Since then the company have been producing reviews and after 1978 a pantomime in aid of national and local charities, which have met with considerable success. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources. In 2011 it was announced that the company had made £1 million for their nominated charities in the 40 years it had been performing.

In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) for their 2007 production of Cinderella

2017 BACCES won the “Its Behind You” award for the Outstanding Production of a Pantomime (Robin Hood 2017) at the NODA, London Region AGM. They also won the Kathleen Oyler Award for chorus work, and the Nigel Gravette Award for best performance in a pantomime (Nick Young - Sherriff of Nottingham

List of Shows[edit]

  • March 1971 Cabin Crew Music Hall (at York House, Twickenham)
  • April 1971 Cabin Crew Music Hall (at Chiswick Town Hall)
  • October 1971 Cabin Crew Music Hall (the same review taken to Gibraltar)
  • May 1972 A Surprise Package (at Greenford Hall, Greenford)
  • December 1972 A Musical Revue (once again an overseas production at the Manouel Theatre, Malta)
  • November 1973 At His Majesty's Pleasure (at Greenford Hall, Greenford)
  • November 1974 A Musical Revue (at a hotel in Marbella, Spain)
  • January 1975 Cinderella (at Greenford Hall, Greenford)
  • April 1976 Drooping The Colour (at Acton Town Hall)
  • December 1976 Full Circle (at the Planet Theatre Slough)
  • May 1977 A London Revue (as a touring company in Cyprus)
  • November 1977 Down to Earth
  • February 1979 Show '79
  • December 1979 Aladdin (the first proper pantomime)
  • December 1980 Cinderella
  • December 1981 Humpty Dumpty
  • December 1982 Sleeping Beauty
  • November 1983 Dick Whittington
  • December 1985 Robin Hood
  • December 1987 Ali Baba
  • December 1988 Snow White
  • November 1989 Treasure Island
  • January 1990 Treasure Island
  • November 1991 Cinderella
  • November 1992 Aladdin
  • November 1993 Dick Whittington
  • November 1994 The Sleeping Beauty
  • November 1995 Mother Goose
  • November 1996 Cinderella
  • November 1997 Puss in Boots
  • November 1998 Robin Hood
  • November 1999 Sinbad
  • November 2000 Jack and the Beanstalk
  • December 2001 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (the 30th Anniversary of the Company)
  • December 2002 Beauty and the Beast
  • December 2003 Aladdin
  • December 2004 Dick Whittington
  • December 2005 Sleeping Beauty
  • December 2006 Treasure Island
  • December 2007 Cinderella
  • December 2008 Robin Hood
  • December 2009 Ali Baba
  • December 2010 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • December 2011 Now That's What I Call Panto (the 40th Anniversary of the Company)
  • December 2012 Aladdin
  • December 2013 Dick Whittington
  • December 2014 Jack and the Beanstalk
  • January 2016 Sleeping Beauty
  • December 2017 Robin Hood
  • December 2018 Sinbad

From 1979 to 1985 the show was performed at the Planet Theatre, Slough.

From 1987 to 2014 it was performed at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

For January 2016 the pantomime was be performed at Watford Palace Theatre

From December 2017, the pantomime returned to the Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.

Upcoming Production[edit]

The next production will be SNOW WHITE 27th Nov- 01st Dec 2019, and will take place at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, UB3 2UE.

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