Laura Evans will be hoping to meet her very own Prince Charming with the popular children’s television actress set to be unveiled in the title role at the official cast launch for Cinderella, this year’s spellbinding pantomime at Newcastle Theatre Royal (Tues 22 Nov ’16 – Sun 15 Jan ’17).
Most recognised to TV audiences as ‘Madison’ in The Basil Brush Show, Laura recently returned to the UK from LA where she appeared alongside Lindsay Lohan in the movie Inappropriate Comedy.
She will join seasonal favourites Danny Adams, Clive Webb, Chris Hayward, Steve Arnott and Pete Peverley at Newcastle Castle (on Monday 12 September 2016) as they bring an abundance of festive magic to the city to mark the official launch of this year’s record-breaking pantomime.
Cinderella will see audience favourites Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward return in yet another must-see show which promises to delight with a sumptuous production packed with special effects, family-friendly comedy, enchanting score, stunning sets, outrageously dazzling costumes, and that most memorable pantomime moment when Cinderella is transported to the Prince’s Ball with the help of a pumpkin, some mice and a generous sprinkle of Fairy Godmother magic!
Danny Adams, as Buttons, and Clive Webb as Baron Hardup return to Newcastle Theatre Royal for the twelfth consecutive year. They will be joined by Chris Hayward, who returns for his tenth panto season, this year playing The Fairy Godmother, and who will bring a kaleidoscopic wardrobe and provide all of the glamour and sparkle Newcastle theatregoers have come to expect from the North East’s premiere pantomime.
Audiences are sure to laugh out loud at the outrageous Ugly Sisters who will be played by Washington-born Pete Peverley and Whitley Bay lad – Steve Arnott who complete the lead cast.
Pete is one of the region’s most celebrated entertainers and played the role of ‘Little Bobby the Cat’ in last year’s production of Dick Whittington. Trained at Newcastle College, he is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed for many years as part of the Northern Stage ensemble. His TV credits are extensive and include Byker Grove, Emmerdale and Spender.
Steve will be making his eighth panto appearance at the Theatre Royal and is the villain that audiences love to hatehaving played the dastardly King Rat in Dick Whittington and the evil Queen Lucretia in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in recent years.
Cinderella went on sale last November and quickly surpassed records previoulsy set by last year’s panto Dick Whittington, smashing through £1million sales at the Box Office before the 2015/16’s show run came to an end.
Theatre Royal pantomimes are among the fastest-selling in the UK, due to the winning combination of father and son team Clive and Danny and their hilarious slapstick routines, the special effects provided by The Twins FX alongside spectacular sets, magnificent dance routines and chroeography and the sensational musical scores. This combination is brought together by Newcastle’s own Michael Harrison, who co-writes, produces and directs the show.
Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Pantomimes and the Executive Producer of Cinderella spoke to I Love Newcastle Magazine and said: “This is considered to be the most magical pantomime of them all and we have pulled out all the stops to make sure that it is one of the most impressive and spectacular that has ever been staged in Newcastle. Laura will be a brilliant ‘Cinderella’ and gets to live every little girl’s dream of being a fairytale princess who hopes to meet her very own Prince Charming at the ball.
“Clive, Danny and Chris, who continue to smash pantomime box office records whenever they perform, will no doubt thrill audiences at the Theatre Royal once again. No one will want to miss this production of Cinderella.”
Chief Executive Philip Bernays added: “The popularity of our panto is testimony to the quality of both the actors and creative team. We look forward to welcoming Laura to the Theatre Royal and are delighted that Danny, Clive and Chris, Pete and Steve will be joining us again under the expert direction of talented West-End producer Michael Harrison, who we are proud to call a close friend of the Theatre Royal.”
Cinderella is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer staging 24 productions throughout the UK this Christmas.
Cinderella appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 22 November 2016 – Sunday 15 January 2017. Tickets are available from £13.00 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk.
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