TV STARS ANNOUNCED FOR LEATHERHEAD EXTENDED PANTO!
Stars from the world of stage and TV have been announced for this year pantomime by Leatherhead Theatre and leading family producer, That's Entertainment Productions.
From ITV's Sooty Show comes Wendy Abrahams and Wink Taylor as the hilarious Baron Hardup & the beautiful Cinderella. Wink is also the award-winning writer behind children's favourites such as Basil Brush. Both are working on the new Sooty Show, before they start long summer seasons in Blackpool and Bournemouth with their latest funniest children's character, Theo the Mouse. "We've spent the last few months of filming Sooty falling over, being dropped from great heights and being covered in freezing mud, so it will be nice to get back into a warm theatre," said Wink. Mind you, with all the fun and craziness of pantomime anything can happen and I'm sure it will!"
Wink, Wendy & Theo are joined by ITV's Crossroads and Coronation Street star Angela Webb as Fairy Godmother. "I've played everything from Wicked Queen to Principle Boy, in panto," said Angela, "But what better part than to be the one who waves her wand and gets Cinderella to the ball! I can't wait."
From the world of the stage comes Tommy Cooper 'Jus' Like That' star, Phil Hoyles and David Pibworth, currently appearing in the stage version of Vicar of Dibley as the hilarious Ugly Sisters, alongside international vocalist Martin Dickinson as Prince Charming from the recent tour of Jekyll & Hide, and a large cast of children from the Arnould School of Dance.
Producer, Chris Gidney said, "With so many fantastic audience comments from last year's production, we are thrilled that TEP is returning as producer again this year, building on last year's success of Aladdin, and extending the run so that more people get a chance to see it. Audiences were constantly telling us that they didn't realise what an excellent production we offer at Leatherhead and that we were, 'Surrey's Best Value Panto!' We liked that slogan so much that we decided to adopt it this year. With such an eminent cast of star performers, writers, live music, fantastic costumes and spectacle, I believe it certainly will be the best value around!"
Tickets are on sale now, and the Leatherhead Theatre is urging people to think well ahead. "Don't leave it too long to secure the best seats for your group and family," said Theatre Manager Sheila Francis. "We have some fantastic rates for schools and groups and our incredible earlybird group offer is 2 free places in every 10 if booked before October 31st, so there's no need to miss out on your chance to go to the ball!"
Cinderella is at The Leatherhead Theatre December 19-Jan 1st 2014. Booking is available now either online at www.The-Theatre.org Or by telephone at 01372 365 141.
TV STARS ANNOUNCED FOR ISLAND PANTO!
Following last year's success, The Medina Theatre and leading family producer, Thats Entertainment Productions have announced another star studded line-up for this year's Panto extravaganza, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Returning to the island is popular BBCTV's Really Wild Show presenter Howie Watkins. "I can't wait, the Island audiences are great and the Medina is fast becoming one of my favourite theatres," said Howie. "I was thrilled when they invited me back to help Jack fight the Giant and fall in love with his leading lady, as in all the best Pantos," he said.
Producer, Chris Gidney, says he is thrilled with another quality cast assembled this year which also includes West-End vocalist Mitchell Armstrong, and TV's Award-Winning Illusionists High Jinx. "Michael and Tamsyn will be arriving direct from their long summer season show at Blackpool's famous Pleasure Beach," he explained. They will be attempting their amazing illusions as Jack and Jill, and hopefully conquering the beanstalk and defeating the Giant in the process. Also appearing will be the Island's own sweetheart, Samara Stanton as Fairy Fortuna and the young stars from PJ's Theatre School ."
Medina Manager Paul Broome said, “We are thrilled to have such a strong stage and TV cast again for our Panto this year and expect it to be more popular than ever. As always we are advising people to book early, particularly groups which is why we have increased the number of performances again this year. Jack and the Beanstalk is such a fun story full of legend and will have something for everyone."
Performances daily from December Dec 21-30 2013
Box Office 01983 527020
Book Online at www.medinatheatre.co.uk
HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE THEATRE
Britain's Got Talent Star FOR HAVERHILL PANTO!
Haverhill Arts Centre and leading family producer, Thats Entertainment Productions have announced another TV name when they return for this year's Panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
ITV's Britain's` Got Talent finalist Drew Cameron is the hilarious Muddles and will be joined by a professional supporting cast, live music and will feature the funniest and cutest Seven Dwarves around and a very clever Magic Mirror.
Haverhill Arts Centre manager, Nick Keeble said, "We are thrilled to have another TV name heading the cast this year. We`ve seen a huge growth in the popularity of our Pantos over the past few years which we believe is due to the high quality and good value we offer each year. This year, once again, we have had to increase the number of seats available which is very encouraging. As Snow White is one of the most popular Pantos we expect it to be another sell out success, so we are advising people to book early, particularly groups. We are also doing a limited number of schools performances this year. Snow White is an enchanting story and will have something for everyone."
Performances daily from December 21st -28th 2013
Box Office 01983 527020
Book Online at www.medinatheatre.co.uk
Experience the most magical pantomime of them all when Aladdin arrives on his flying carpet at Rochdale`s Gracie Fields Theatre this Christmas!
Leading Family Producer, Thats Entertainment Productions will be presenting their Pantomime spectacular, with a headlining professional cast, dazzling costumes, brilliant scenery and fantastic live music, from December 23rd. With a star studded cast to be announced shortly, what better way to spend a magical Christmas !?
"We were really pleased with how the run of Aladdin went at Haverhill Arts Centre and were delighted with the production and the full houses." Nick Keeble - Manager
Photo Gallery from a Previous Production
Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat
A brand-new spectacular family Pantomime!
Dick Whittington is the classic tale of rags to riches; a well-loved story which simply bursts with romance, hilarious comedy and evil villains.
The show opens with a glimpse of King Rat in his lair, ready to do battle with our future hero. King Rat is outdone by the wisdom of Fairy Bow Bells, the comedy capers of Dame Sarah Suet, the magical messes of Alderman Fitzwarren, the love interest of Alice and the meowing support of Tommy the Cat. The enchantment continues with scenes from Old London, a terrifying shipwreck, underwater escapades, the pirates den, and seeing the dream of Dick finally becoming Lord Mayor of London in a glittering finale.
This exciting show is totally interactive, just as every Pantomime should be. Written by West-End performer Steve Fortune, Directed by Chris Gidney with his thirty years of experience in Production of Children's Entertainment & Magic, and Musically Supervised by BBC Radio's Michael Wooldridge, this is a Panto that will be remembered for a long time afterwards.
Quotes from audience letters received by the Isle of Wight County Press about Dick Whittington at The Medina Theatre
Three generations of our family saw it and enjoyed it very much, and, I guess so did our neighbours in the audience ... the roadside film and the 'trip' on the cliffhanger was as much part of a panto as the magic carpet in Aladdin ... we got shot at by water pistols, shaving cream showered over us, sweets were thrown into the audience, and there was audience singing ... the local girls who delighted us with their various costumes and dances, and Dick's cat's tap-dancing ... Thank you to all involved in the production. Mike Watson, Niton
I was at the last performance of Dick Whittington and thoroughly enjoyed myself as, judging by their reaction, did the rest of the audinece, adults and children alike. There was lots of shouting, 'oh yes he did,' 'oh no he didn't' and 'behind you,' along with cheers and boos in all the right places. Most of them are as daft as they come and as for the jokes they were, as usual, so ancient they had more whiskers than Father Time. That is part of the charm. Long may they reign. Mrs. D. Gazey, Wootton.
The performance I saw was bright, lively, with likeable leads and talented, well-rehearsed dancers. The production was coloufully dressed, the filmed insert was amusing and the performance was well recieved by a good humoured audience. it held the attention of my five-year-old grandson throughout, which must say something. A show well worth the ticket price. R.D. Swann, Freshwater.
Photo Gallery from a Previous Production - Images by courtesy of Keith Spillett Photography 0208 570 5179 www.KeithSpillettPhotography.co.uk