It's a Winter's Tale as snowbound S4K spend the night in car park

The heavy snow that hit the south of England earlier in the week caused disruption to thousands of travellers including the S4K Theatre Company who were trapped overnight in a Sussex service station.

The company had travelled on Monday evening from Gravesend, where they had performed two shows of S4K's The Tempest, en route for Worthing where they were due to appear the next day.

Unfortunately the snow came down causing chaos on the main routes in Surrey and Sussex.

After spending hours trapped in slow moving traffic on the M23 - and with no sign of the icy gridlock clearing - the company decided to head for the safety of the Pease Pottage service station.

The local pub provided suitable refreshment but with nowhere available to stay the night, our 17-strong troupe bedded down for the night on the S4K coach. Fortunately, our transport is quite luxurious and everyone managed to stay warm,confortable and†safe.

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The view from on board the snowbound S4K coach - trapped just off the A23 at Pease Pottage

Unfortunately, with the schools in Worthing closed the next day, the performances scheduled at the Pavilion Theatre had to be cancelled.

Meanwhile the company headed off to Barnstaple for the next day's shows, comfy beds ... and a shower!

What they say about us:

S4K DREAM: "There's magic in the air at our school! Thanks again for the opportunity you give to these children - they just canít get enough of Dream, Shakespeare and Drama!"