Emmerdale Beauty to Star in Carriageworks Panto

Posted: 25 May 2018 - by PHA

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, has announced that Emmerdale actress Sapphire Elia will star as Belle in this year’s magical family pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, from Friday 23rd November to Monday 31st December 2018.

Sapphire is making a welcome return to Leeds following her time as series regular Mia Macey in ITV’s hugely popular Emmerdale which is filmed at the nearby Harewood Estate.

Recent years have seen Sapphire’s career blossom with recurring roles in ITV1’s musical series Britannia High (which also showcased her impressive vocal talents) and Sky One’s popular football drama Dream Team.

Sapphire’s acting career began at an early age playing the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables in London’s West End and has since seen her take on roles in everything from Noel Coward’s The Importance of Being Earnest to her latest adventure playing the kind yet feisty Belle in this year’s pantomime. 

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Sapphire is a beautiful young lady with a beautiful personality and singing voice to match. Combined with her exceptional acting talent she was the perfect choice to play Belle.”

Sapphire joins Leeds’ favourite Jez Edwards who will be celebrating his 10th year of bringing laughter to Carriageworks audiences and with all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, this year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever.

Beauty and the Beast runs at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, from Friday 23 November to Monday 31 December 2018. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online at www.carriageworkstheatre.co.uk or via the Box Office on 0113 376 0318.

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Emmerdale Star Finds Prince Charming with the X-Factor in Chesterfield Panto

Posted: 24 May 2018 - by PHA

Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, has announced that Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett and X-Factor singer Rhydian Roberts will star as Cinderella and Prince Charming in the year’s magical family Pantomime, Cinderella, from Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019.

Roxanne is best known for her role as Jo Stiles in ITV’s hugely successful Emmerdale. Her sensitive performance during 2010’s emotional domestic abuse storyline garnered great critical acclaim and brought the important, often unspoken of, issue to the forefront of the nation’s attention. Roxanne continues to act as an ambassador for Women’s Refuge and The Samaritans.

Roxanne has displayed her impressive versatility as a performer with appearances on popular TV shows Dancing on Ice, Soapstar Superstar and a winning performance as Gloria Estefan on Celebrity Stars in their Eyes.

Roxanne surprised audiences by playing a troubled schoolgirl in BBC’s Waterloo Road, a character who was ten years younger than the actress herself in real life. Roxanne also moved from the small screen to the big screen with several roles in movies including Devil’s Tower, Habit and Wrong Turn 6 for 20th Century Fox.

Her extensive work in theatre has taken her all over the UK with hit touring productions of The Wedding Singer and The Vagina Monologues and she is currently the co-host of Minster FM’s Breakfast with Ben & Roxy.

Double Platinum selling recording artist Rhydian was propelled to fame as a contestant on the X-Factor in 2007 and quickly became a fan favourite due to his dynamic performances and show-stopping vocal talent. The runaway success story of the series, Rhydian was promptly signed to Simon Cowell’s record label releasing 7 albums to date and becoming the biggest selling Male Artist of 2008. 

Rhydian has starred in numerous UK tours of West End musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease and has duetted with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Michael Buble, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Idina Menzel.

Roxanne and Rhydian will be reunited in this year’s production of Cinderella having performed together in the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Roxanne and Rhydian are fantastic performers. With Roxanne as everyone’s favourite Princess, Cinderella, and Rhydian as her equally charming Prince, they are sure to enchant our audiences and their stunning vocal talents combined will leave them spellbound.”

With the announcement of Roxanne and Rhydian as the headline stars of Cinderella and featuring all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and more than a sprinkle of magic, this year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever.

Cinderella runs at Pomegranate Theatre from Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or via the Box Office on 01246 345 222.

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Singing Star Takes Flight in Lowestoft Panto

Posted: 21 May 2018 - by PHA

Marina Theatre Lowestoft has announced that singing star Anthony Sahota will join the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime in the title role of Peter Pan from Thursday 13th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019.

Anthony starred in the BBC’s talent competition, Let it Shine, which aimed to find young performers to star in in The Band, a new stage musical featuring the songs of Take That. The fresh new talent format was presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, with Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp serving as celebrity judges.

Throughout the series Anthony received praise for his unique vocal style and beautiful renditions of current chart hits. A highlight was performing with his childhood favourite pop group Busted on national TV. He went on to reach the quarter final stage in the contest.

Anthony will be reprising the role of Peter Pan after playing the part at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield last Christmas. He joins the recently announced Sid Owen of EastEnders fame as the dastardly Captain Hook and returning comic, (and Lowestoft favourite), Terry Gleed as his hapless sidekick Mr Smee.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said, “Anthony is a talented young musician and performer with the right fun, energy and talent to play the adventurous and slightly cheeky chappy character Peter Pan. With Sid Owen, Terry Gleed and now Anthony Sahota joining the cast, Peter Pan is shaping up to be Lowestoft’s most exciting panto line-up yet!”

With all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and more than a sprinkle of fairy dust, this year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan runs at Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, from Thursday 13th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019. Tickets are available from the theatre Box Office on 01502 533 200 and online at www.marinatheatre.co.uk

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Sid Owen Announced to Headline Panto at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre

Posted: 17 May 2018 - by PHA

A popular actor best known for his role in the long-running soap EastEnders will be starring in Peter Pan, the pantomime at Marina Theatre this year. Sid Owen, who played Ricky Butcher in the programme over an 18 year span, will take on the role of Captain Hook in the sparkling family panto – which runs from December 13 until January 1.

In the soap, Ricky was the son of popular character Frank Butcher and was famously known for his relationship with Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) throughout the 1990’s.

After leaving the soap to try his hand in the music industry, Sid released the song ‘Good Thing Going’ which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Charts in June 2000. He then took part in the fifth series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! In 2005 Sid went on to appear in ITV’s prison drama Bad Girls and The Bill a year later. Sid made a return to EastEnders between 2008 and 2011 before taking a break to dedicate more time to his charity work with Drop 4 Drop which aims to help with the global water crisis in developing countries. In 2012 he appeared in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, where he partnered with Ola Jordan.

Sid joins the cast alongside popular funny man Terry Gleed – returning to the Marina for the fourth year in a row. This year Terry will play Smee, Captain Hook's hilarious bo'sun.

With amazing performances full of pirates and fairy dust Marina Theatre will introduce or reacquaint audiences to Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they fly over London with Peter Pan to join the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell as they turn right at the second star and fly away to Neverland where Captain Hook wants to outwit and out-manoeuvre our heroes.

Emma Butler Smith, CEO at Marina Theatre, said, ‘We’re really excited we’ve managed to ‘hook’ Sid for this year’s panto. It’s great to have someone so well-known coming to the town again. We hope Sid will feel right at home as Lowestoft will ring with calls of ‘Hookyyyyyy!’

Directed by Di Cooke, who started her career as a dancer in shows and pantomimes, including Aladdin at the London Palladium with Wayne Sleep, she subsequently established herself as a choreographer and director of acclaim.  Her work includes Popstars, the Man O Man series and Night Fever for national TV. For the last 14 years Di has devised directed and choreographed the Seaside Special in Cromer.

Pantomime Producer, Paul Holman, said, ‘I’m delighted to secure Sid Owen for Lowestoft. As a household name joins the cast, we are looking forward to seeing excellent audience numbers for a great show’.

Kerry’s Home Furnishings the sponsor this year have kindly agreed to get involved with the fun and games during pantomime season, which saw more than 12,600 people visit the theatre last year for Aladdin.

Book now for an unforgettable adventure through Neverland – the perfect family treat at Christmas!

Peter Pan runs from Thursday 13th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019 at Marina Theatre Lowestoft. Tickets are on sale now via www.marinatheatre.co.uk or via the Box Office on 01502 533 200.

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CBeebies Favourite to Star in Spectacular Worthing Panto

Posted: 15 May 2018 - by PHA

Worthing Theatres have announced that CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley will star as Princess Jasmine in this year’s magical family pantomime, Aladdin, at the Pavilion Theatre from Friday 30th November 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019.  

Rebecca is known to millions of fans both young and old as the bubbly and vivacious anchor of the CBeebies House and hit children’s TV Show, Let’s Play.

Rebecca, who grew up in Port Talbot, South Wales, has been a regular face on UK TV screens since joining Let’s Play in 2012 and her sense of fun has cemented her place as a firm favourite amongst the loyal viewers. Her time on the popular TV show has seen her play a plethora of colourful characters from a plumber to a pirate to a jungle explorer and everything imaginable in between.

When not in front of the camera, Rebecca lends her recognisable Welsh lilt to CBeebies Time for School and My Family as the familiar voice of the Narrator.

Rebecca, who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London is no stranger to festive productions having starred in six CBeebies Christmas shows and has said she is “excited to be spending the festive season by the seaside in Worthing this year”.  

Rebecca is the first star name to be announced for this year’s production of Aladdin. Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “We are thrilled that Rebecca will be joining the cast of Aladdin. Her popularity with a whole generation of children (and parents), not to mention her dynamic energy and lovable personality made her the perfect choice for Princess Jasmine”.

This year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever featuring all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and a sensational star cast with further exciting announcements still to come.

Aladdin runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 30th November 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019.  Tickets for this family favourite pantomime are on sale now via www.worthingtheatres.co.uk or at the Box Office on 01903 206 206.

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TV Presenter Anna Williamson to Share Personal Experience of Conquering Anxiety in Live Production

Posted: 14 May 2018 - by PHA

Paul Holman Associates, one of the UK’s leading producers of pantomime and family entertainment have announced that they will present Breaking Mad with Anna Williamson: The Insider’s Guide to Conquering Anxiety at the Time & Leisure Studio, New Wimbledon Theatre for one night only on Tuesday 26th June 2018.

A popular TV presenter, therapist and bestselling author, for this brand new production Anna will bring her professional and personal experiences of mental health, whilst embracing and understanding emotional wellbeing.

Anna will share her own story of dealing with crippling anxiety, which started 10 years ago on a high energy children's TV show. The smiling, sunny presenter was crumbling behind the scenes and she had no idea what she was feeling and why (anxiety attacks). Luckily she reached out, sought help and was inspired by the help she received. Anna went on to train herself and is now a counsellor with her own private practice and works for Child Line, Mind and the Princes Trust.

As a Life Coach and Master NLP Practitioner Anna gives practical advice, exercises and techniques to conquer anxiety. Through telling her own story and sharing tried and tested therapy-based techniques, Breaking Mad with Anna Williamson aims to help the audience learn more about themselves, or learn more about others, and be able to identify anxiety and stress triggers to better enhance self-belief.

Show Producer Paul Holman said: “Inspired by Anna’s bestselling book of the same name and her own very personal journey of dealing with anxiety this production is a unique theatre experience. Anna’s warm, bubbly and friendly approach sets the show up to be an unmissable experience and opportunity to give yourself some ‘you time’.

Breaking Mad with Anna Williamson: The Insider’s Guide to Conquering Anxiety plays at the Time & Leisure Studio, New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 26th June 2018. Tickets are available from the box office on 0844 871 7646 and online at atgtickets/Wimbledon

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Collabro Star Flies on the Magic Carpet to Redditch

Posted: 03 May 2018 - by PHA

Redditch Palace Theatre is delighted to announce that Collabro star Michael Auger will take the title role in this year’s magical family pantomime, Aladdin

The world’s most successful Musical Theatre group, the Collabro boys met for their first rehearsal only one month before going on to wow the Britain’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams at their first round audition at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. 

Their rousing rendition of Stars; their first public performance as a group; brought both the audience and all four judges to their feet and their overwhelming popularity secured them a coveted spot in the live finals. Collabro went on to win the Eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent with one of the highest majorities in the show’s history. Millions of captivated viewers watched as Collabro claimed their prize, performing in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

After signing with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, Collabro have gone on to enjoy great success with three Top 10 albums to date. Their debut album “Stars” went straight in at number one in the charts beating the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to the top spot.  With a legion of loyal fans, known fondly as the Collaborators, the band have been selling out auditoriums worldwide with tours in the UK, America and Asia.

In the summer of 2017 Collabro supported Sir Cliff Richard on his ‘Rock N Roll’ tour and they have recently announced that they will be the special guests of Barry Manilow on his September 2018 arena tour. 

This Christmas, Michael, who trained at the London School of Musical Theatre, will be stepping into the spotlight on his own to take centre stage as the loveable hero, Aladdin. 

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said; “Michael is the perfect choice for cheeky chappy Aladdin. With his good looks, charisma and breathtakingly beautiful voice, the audience will be cheering him on in this action-packed adventure.” 

Michael joins the previously announced star of Strictly Come Dancing, Robin Windsor, who will be granting Aladdin’s three wishes as the Genie. 

This year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever featuring all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and a sensational star cast.

Aladdin runs at Redditch Palace Theatre from Monday 10th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019. Tickets for this family favourite pantomime are on sale now via www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or at the Box Office on 01527 65203.

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Britain’s Got Talent Winner to Charm Snow White!

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 - by PHA

Paul Holman Associates and the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Redhill, have announced today that Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall will join the star line-up of this year’s magical family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs playing the role of Snow White’s handsome Prince.

Jai fast became a firm favourite with millions of viewers, gaining a legion of fans for his unique classical renditions of pop hits and ultimately going on to win the fifth series of the popular TV talent contest with an emotional rendition of the Josh Groban hit “To Where You Are”. His powerful vocals secured his victory and a coveted slot at the 2011 Royal Variety Performance.

After taking centre stage for the Britain’s Got Talent tour, playing to thousands at some of the biggest venues throughout the UK, Jai signed to Simon Cowell’s music label Syco and went on to release his debut album Believe to critical and popular acclaim.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Redhill audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas. Jai has it all, with charm, charisma and a singing voice to melt even the Wicked Queen’s cold heart!”

Jai joins the already announced Right Honourable Star of Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother, Ann Widdecombe as The Wicked Queen and Redhill’s returning pantomime favourites, Neil Wheatley, Simon Bashford and Abigail Welford.

This year’s production promises to be more spectacular than ever featuring all of the traditional elements of pantomime combined with dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and a stellar cast.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Redhill from Friday 7 December 2018 to Monday 31 January 2019.

Tickets are on sale now via www.harlequintheatre.co.uk and at the box office on 01737 276 500.

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Star Trek Actress Beams Into Bridlington For Panto

Posted: 17 Apr 2018 - by PHA

Bridlington Spa and Paul Holman Associates have announced that Star Trek legend Marina Sirtis will headline as the Fairy in this year’s spectacular family Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, running from Friday 14 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.

Known to millions around the world for her role as the sexy and empathic Counsellor Deanna Troi in the enormously successful Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and the four Paramount feature films that followed, Sirtis gained worldwide acclaim and a legion of loyal fans. Her character was ranked within the Top 20 Most Interesting Star Trek Characters of all time in a fan poll.

Now the LA-based star is exchanging the Hollywood hills to return to the UK and its time-honoured Christmas tradition of Pantomime. No stranger to the stage, Marina made her debut with Worthing Repertory Company as Ophelia in Hamlet.

Whilst still at school, London-born Marina applied in secret to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama because her parents initially didn’t want her to become an actress. After earning her acting chops on British TV, Marina made the move to Los Angeles and is still a regular face on television with appearances in popular US dramas NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, Girlfriends and Without a Trace to name a few.

Her numerous film credits have encompassed a multitude of genres ranging from Sci-Fi to Animation to the Oscar Winning movies La La Land and Crash.

Andrew Aldis, General Manager of Bridlington Spa said, “The original Star Trek was legendary but Star Trek: The Next Generation is often seen as the gold standard that other science fiction programmes are measured against so that makes this announcement particularly exciting.”

Jack and the Beanstalk will feature all of the traditional favourite elements of pantomime, with plenty of audience interaction, dazzling scenery and costumes, bucket loads of laughter and, with galactic star Sirtis at the helm, promises to be Bridlington Spa’s most magnificent pantomime yet. Producer Paul Holman said: “We are delighted that Marina Sirtis will be leading our interstellar cast this year. With her legendary popularity, she is sure to attract audiences from far and wide.”

Jack and the Beanstalk is on sale now and audiences can boldly go where no audience has gone before by calling the Bridlington Spa Box Office on 01262 678258, visiting www.bridspa.com or in person at the Bridlington Spa.

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Worthing Panto Star Scoops Top Prize At The Great British Pantomime Awards

Posted: 16 Apr 2018 - by PHA

Congratulations to Richard David-Caine who last night won the award for Best Supporting Male at the 2018 Great British Pantomime Awards.

Richard was nominated for his role as Herman the Henchman in Paul Holman Associates and Worthing Theatres 2017/18 family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Worthing Pavilion. The record-breaking production garnered great critical success with reviewers heralding Richard’s performance as “show-stealing”, “standout”, “hilarious” and “comedy genius”.

With an audience packed full of the great and good of Pantoland, the star-studded event was held at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London and hosted by pantomime royalty, Christopher Biggins.

Richard was up against stiff competition in the category of Best Supporting Male fighting off the likes of Nigel Havers to go on to take home the coveted award.

Producer Paul Holman said: “I’m delighted that Richard’s work in our production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been recognised by the Great British Pantomime Awards. The whole production was so well received by the public and critics alike and, in what was a wonderful season for all involved, this really is the cherry on top of the cake.”

Paul Holman Associates and Worthing Theatres will be back at The Pavilion Theatre this Christmas with their festive pantomime, Aladdin, which promises to be more spectacular than ever with dazzling costumes and scenery, side-splitting comedy and an exciting star cast to be announced soon.

Tickets for Aladdin are on sale now and audiences can book via www.worthingtheatres.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01904 206 206.

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Ann Widdecombe Quick-Steps into panto!

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 - by PHA

Redhill’s Harlequin Theatre and Cinema has announced that The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe will star as the Wicked Queen in this year’s spectacular family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which runs from Friday 7 December 2018 to Monday 31 January 2019.

Outspoken and controversial, Ann is one of the most high-profile politicians of recent times. MP for Maidstone between 1987 and 1997 and for Maidstone and the Weald between 1997 and 2010 she is more recently known for her explosive TV appearances.

In 2010 she appeared on BBC Saturday night favourite Strictly Come Dancing becoming the contest’s most memorable contestant ever with her comedy inflected dance routines. Despite never being a favourite with the judges, Ann continually defied the odds with her dance partner Anton Du Beke, surviving 10 weeks into the competition.

Strictly has been just one of many forays on television. In 2002, she took part in Celebrity Fit Club, becoming a judge in later series. In 2005, she fronted her own series, Ann Widdecombe to the Rescue, and has since made documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including prostitution, ‘hoodies’, benefits culture, the Bible and more. In 2017 she lived on a farm in Sugar Free Farm (ITV) and experienced life as a Victorian in 24 Hours in the Past (BBC Two). As a presenter, Ann has twice sat in the chairman’s seat on Have I Got News for You and asked very tricky questions on Cleverdicks (Sky Atlantic).

In January 2018 Ann was back on the small screen and making headlines with a surprise appearance on Celebrity Big Brother. Ann was the first housemate to enter the TV goldfish bowl and quickly cemented her place as the series’ most talked about contestant. After four weeks of comedy capers, tasks, nominations and topical political conversations with fellow housemates Ann left the famous house as the runner-up.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Ann is one of the most intriguing personalities around today. Known as a former MP, reality star, TV presenter and author she is also an experienced panto performer with five appearances already under her belt. This year’s appearance as Wicked Queen will see Ann play this iconic panto role with her trademark wit and tongue-in-cheek humour. Ann will join returning Redhill favourites Neil Wheatley, Simon Bashford and Abi Welford in this brilliant family panto which has already achieved record breaking sales.”

Tickets are on sale now via www.harlequintheatre.co.uk and at the box office on 01737 276 500.

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Kids’ TV Legend Dave Benson Phillips Poised for Panto!

Posted: 21 Mar 2018 - by PHA

The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, today announced that kids’ TV legend Dave Benson Phillips will star in its 2018 pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat from Friday 14 December to Monday 31 December 2018.

TV favourite Dave has been at the heart of family entertainment for thirty years, becoming one of the most popular faces on the small screen. He fronted the phenomenally popular, BAFTA nominated, Get Your Own Back, which ran for fourteen series. He later went on to be a fixture of Saturday morning TV with his popular Wake Up in The Wild Room, airing on ITV for two years.

He has also presented numerous other programmes including the Fun Song Factory video series, the CITV series Petswap, co-presented by Fearne Cotton, Nick Jnr for Nickelodeon and Words and Pictures and Go For It for BBC Education.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said “Following a record breaking run of Snow White last year at The Spotlight I am thrilled that Dave is joining our 2018 line-up in Dick Whittington as the hilarious Idle Jack. Dave’s years starring as principal comic in the biggest pantomimes in the country, stage presence and showmanship will ensure this production of Dick Whittington is a truly magical experience for all the family.”

London's streets of gold are calling and, with his faithful cat by his side, our hero Dick goes searching for his fortune in the big city. But he won't make it without your help! Be there to cheer Dick on along his journey, 'boo' at the biggest baddie of all time - King Rat.  Packed full of fabulous tunes, stunning dancing, amazing costumes, plus lots of festive sparkle and chances to join in, this is going to be one Christmas panto not to miss. It’s gonna be a purrrfect panto!

Dick Whittington and his Cat plays at The Spotlight, Hoddesdon this December. Tickets are on sale now from the box office (01992 441946) and online (www.broxbourne.gov.uk/thespotlight).   

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