End of the road for End of the Year Show

End of the road for End of the Year Show

Paul Miles

End of the road for End of the Year Show

The  final curtain is set to come down on a popular Windsor theatre show.

The annual End of the Year Show has been delighting audiences at the Theatre Royal since the start of the new millennium.

But now the annual charity fundraiser, which features amateur and community performers from across the area, will appear on the stage of the iconic theatre in Thames Street for the final time.

Rosemary Arber, who has produced the show since it started, has decided to call it a day after being at the helm for 15 years.

The 79-year-old said: "It would be dreadful if I was half way through the show that I could not continue. I thought the sensible thing would be to stop while I was ahead."

The show was originally intended to be a one-off community event to mark the end of the last millennium, but its popularity led it to becoming a permanent fixture.

"I have had a ball; I have loved every minute of it, it is great fun," added Windsor Theatre Guild member Rosemary.

"All of the groups and the production team are lovely people and they work really hard and are really talented at what they do.

"They have really enjoyed the opportunity to go on a proper professional theatre stage in their home town."

During its lifetime the show has raised more than £15,000 for various charities including Help for Heroes and the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

"I was astonished to find out it was more than £15,000," added Rosemary. "That is quite pleasing."

This year the show will once again feature a variety of talented young amateurs as money is raised for the Royal British Legion.

"I hope it goes off with a bang and everyone loves it," added Rosemary.

The End of the Year Show will take place at the Theatre Royal on Sunday, November 16 at 2.30pm. 

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