What is BACCES?

Providing entertainment since 1971

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 in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.

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Are you or were you British Airways cabin crew? Can you sing, act, or dance? Do you have experience of the stage, or have you ever wondered what it might be like to tread the boards? Then, this might be your opportunity to shine!

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More than thirty cabin crew, both past and present, from all British Airways fleets at Heathrow and Gatwick, will tread the boards to make this year's inaugural Watford production one to remember. You'll never look at your cabin crew the same again!

Will Princess Harmony, Prince Handsome, Dame Nanny McNophee, and the three fairies be able to overthrow the nasty Maleficent. Will good overcome evil? With your help, it will. Once you've taken your seats, you will be transported to the magical Land of Nod where your two hour extravaganza of laughter, singing, booing, spectacular dancing, glitz and glamour, and good old panto' fun for all ages is guaranteed. Oh yes it is!

Tickets for the award winning British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society's 45th production, "Sleeping Beauty", are on sale NOW. The British Airways affiliated entertainment society will perform its annual pantomime from Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th January 2016 at the Watford Palace Theatre, Hertfordshire. Oh yes it will! Proceeds from the production will be donated to charity.

Only a 30 minute drive from Heathrow and just off junction 19/20 of the M25, or junction 5 of the M1, this will be BACCES' first time performing at the magnificent Edwardian Watford Palace Theatre, having previously performed at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, since 1988. The theatre is well served by transport links, including the London Underground (Metropolitan Line), London Overground, and excellent bus (nos. 142 & 258) and road links. In addition, there is a great number of restaurants, cafés, pubs, and other amenities within easy walking distance of the theatre.

Tickets for this year's production cost between £16 and £19 and can be purchased on line via the Watford Palace Theatre web site. Follow the link: Warford Palace Theatre Booking for BACCES. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly from the Watford Palace Theatre Box Office on 01923 225671. If you are a current British Airways employee, BACCES members will be able to answer your questions and help with bookings in CRC adjacent to the coffee shop throughout December. They will also be in Waterside on select dates. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

So, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See you in Watford!


The LSO has been generously volunteering an afternoon of its time to BACCES to record some of each production's bigger musical numbers every year since 1983.

Members of BACCES gathered at Angel Studios on London's Gaskin Street on Thursday 17th September to listen to the world famous London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) record five tracks for BACCES' next production, "Sleeping Beauty".

Many BACCES members would admit that being allowed to sit in the studio among the musicians while tracks are being recorded is a real privilege. BACCES member, Lucinda Starling, said, "I get goose bumps every time I am in the recording studio listening to these amazingly talented people who are among the best musicians in the world. This really is very special."

The music for any given BACCES production is arranged by the society's musical director Bobbie Field, who also held the baton at Angel Studios on Thursday. BACCES would like to thank all those LSO members who continue to support the society and for the incredible work they do.


Members of BACCES gathered at Step by Step's Aldershot premises on Crimea Road on 24th April to donate a cheque for £500. The donation was made from money the society raised during their last production, "Jack and the Beanstalk". Jenny Jackson, Step by Step's Corporate and Community Fundraiser was there to welcome the BACCES members and to explain all about the homeless charity, its origins, the work it does, and the challenges it faces. She started by explaining the charity's mission statement, which is "To empower homeless people and those facing adversity to achieve their full potential." The charity focuses very much on positives, referring to the shelter as an "aspiration station". They are aiming to help 1,500 people this year.

The charity was formed in 1989 after a local parishioner met someone who simply had nowhere to call home and who had little access to information and support. The initial ambition for the charity was to set up a night shelter for homeless people in the local community. A house was soon purchased from money raised. This, however, barely scratched the surface. A further five houses were subsequently purchased in the Aldershot area to cater for the needs of the homeless and to provide office space for staff.

Step by Step works with young people to get them into work, education or training. It operates a "dry house", meaning that those being accommodated are not permitted alcohol, drugs, or energy drinks. As it stands, Step by Step is only able to accommodate 1 in 5 of those who need shelter, such is the demand.

Members of BACCES gathered at Step by Step's Aldershot premises on Crimea Road on 24th April to donate a cheque for £500. The donation was made from money the society raised during their last production, "Jack and the Beanstalk".

The charity relies heavily on donations and BACCES are delighted to have donated £500 to enable them to continue their good work with young people in need.


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The Beck Theatre

The Beck Theatre is a 600-seat theatre in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The Beck is very much a community theatre, offering one-night concerts, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, children's shows, films, opera, pantomime, and a renowned children's summer project.