Panto Season 2018

Look Behind You! It’s once again pantomime season in every theatre big or small across the British Isles! Five of our wonderful clients are taking part in the campy Christmas tradition in both Great Britain and across the sea in Ireland! 

Kweeva Garvey stars as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at the Cork Opera House from the 29th of November until the 20th of January. 

From the creative team behind 2017’s 5-star panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, take a magic carpet ride to an enchanting land of magic and adventure with Aladdin, Jasmine and everybody’s favourite dame Nanny Nellie. Featuring spectacular scenery, costumes, live music, dance routines, comedy capers and astounding special effects!

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Robin Kingsland is playing the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood at the Nottingham Playhouse from the 30th of November until the 19th of January.

Playing the ultimate villain, the Sheriff hatches a wicked plan to get rid of his niece and nephew, the Babes in the Wood, and claim their fortune. It’s up to Robin Hood and his Merry Men to put a stop to the Sheriff’s malicious scheming! 

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Damien Walsh plays the dashing Prince Charming (of course) in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable from the 7th of December until the 31st.

Starring alongside Eastenders actress and I’m A Celeb winner Charlie Brooks, this timeless slice of cheesy yuletide goodness comes off the back of an acclaimed rendition of Sleeping Beauty last year.

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Andy Owens stars as Peter Pan in Peter Pan at De Montfort Hall in Leicester from the 15th of December till the 6th of January.

Starring alongside Andy is Corrie actor Kevin Kennedy, CBeebies‘ Cat Sandion, X Factor Winner Sam Bailey and comedy pianist & Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Kev Orklan. It’s second to the right and straight on till morning to get to Neverland packed to the gills with song, dance, laughs, evil pirates, fairies, mermaids and a ticking crocodile! 

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David Young plays Gentleman Starkey, Captain Hook’s First Mate, in Peter Pan at The Woodville in Gravesend from the 7th of December until the 1st of January. 

Starring Union J’s JJ Hamblett as Peter himself, it promises amazing costumes, scenery, special effects and and barrels of laughs as Wicked Productions welcomes you to a swash-bucking adventure with the child who never grew up! 

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Jenny Gayner – Annie

Jenny will be co-starring as Lilly in Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s Broadway classic Annie, touring across the UK and Ireland from the 2nd of February until the 23rd of November. 

Following a smash-hit production at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End, this heart-felt story of a brave young orphan in Depression-era America trying to find her true family with the help of the kind Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks stars either award-winning actress Anita Dobson or Strictly Come Dancing judge and resident bogeyman Craig Revel Horwood as the despicable orphanage owner Miss Agatha Hannigan. 

Jenny plays Lilly St. Regis, the partner and love-interest to criminal and con-artist Daniel Francis “Rooster” Hannigan, who is Miss Hannigan’s brother and attempts to trick Annie into believing that he is her real father. His girlfriend Lily is a rough, tough sexy New Jersey broad with a big rack and a bigger mouth. 

Annie will open at the Manchester Opera House on the 2nd of February 2019 and finish at Stoke’s Regent Theatre on the 23rd of November.  

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Simon Burbage – John Lewis & Partners Christmas Advert 2018

Simon stars as Elton John in his mid to late 30s in this year’s Christmas advert for John Lewis & Partners entitled A Boy and his Piano.

Produced with Sir Elton’s involvement in nearly every stage of production, the Christmas advert from the nationwide department store chain has become something of a Yuletide tradition.

Charting the life of Sir Elton John throughout his life, it starts in the modern day before going all the way back to a family Christmas in Pinner where his parents/Father Christmas have him his very first piano. Before then we see several major events in Elton’s life from a dreary childhood recital, to dazzling friends and family as a teenager by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis, to recording Your Song (the soundtrack to the episode), to performing in front of packed stadiums around the world.

While some have criticised the ad for having nothing to do with Christmas, the true message of the advert is that a lifetime of wonder and success and beauty can all be traced back to a single act of kindness and generosity towards those we love and adore.

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Cassidy Little – Shakespeare & Remembrance

Cassidy is taking part in Shakespeare & Rememberance at Shakespeare’s Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

An evening of performances that will pit Shakespeare’s imagined experience of war against the realities of twenty-first century military life.

Focusing on current serving and veteran military personnel and their families, this will be an evening of remembrance for all those who served in both the First World War and other more recent conflicts. The call and response between Shakespeare and our contemporaries will explore what war means to our society, how we view the military and combat, and how it touches our lives.

The performance will also be a testament to the power of art, theatre, and specifically Shakespeare, to rehabilitate and enrich the lives of those who have experienced the effects of war. 

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Robyn Wilson – Measure for Measure

Robyn is appearing as ensemble in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, running at London’s Donmar Warehouse until the 1st of December, and directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

Starring Hollywood starlet Hayley Atwell in her debut at the Donmar, Measure for Measure is classified as one of Shakespeare’s “Problem Plays”, too comedic for a tragedy yet too dark and light for a comedy, and sets deep moralistic quandaries directly at the heart of the piece.

Adressing such themes as justice, morality, mercy and the relationship between corruption and purity; it tells the story of Angelo, a puritanical yet ultimately corrupt official, who is left in command of the Duchy of Vienna while the Duke Vincentio is allegedly away on business. The play’s central protagonist, Claudio, is arrested under new strict laws implemented by Angelo for impregnating his lover, Juliet, out of wedlock. In an attempt to save her brother’s head Claudio’s sister Isabella, an extremely religious and unfailingly virtuous woman, begs Angelo for mercy. Angelo refuses but suggests there is one, perhaps, one way the beautiful Isabella could sway his opinion. He states that he will let her brother go but only if Isabella has sex with the him. 

The play confronts its audience with this fundamental question: ‘The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?’

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Leila Birch – Doctors

Leila is currently guest-starring as the returning Lisa Torres in BBC’s long-running daytime drama Doctors, airing on BBC One at 13:45 every lunchtime. 

Lisa was a talented dancer throughout her early teenage years but she soon found she didn’t have the dedication to go professional. Instead, she used it as her ticket to go travelling, teaching Salsa to pay her way. Lisa is attractive, outgoing and fun loving. She loves that her job brings fun and flirtation into people’s lives and she enjoys the nocturnal nature of her lifestyle. Lisa isn’t promiscuous but she lives for the moment and if she finds herself with a powerful attraction to a man in her class, she doesn’t always say no. This spontaneity is at the heart of her personality and she never makes any plans for the future.

Lisa met Daniel (played by Matt Chambers) at a nightclub many years ago, they ended up having a very enjoyable one-night stand. Neither Lisa nor Daniel had any thought of a relationship growing out of this dalliance and so it was with great shock that Lisa discovered several months later that she was pregnant. Lisa knew that she wanted to keep the baby and that she didn’t want any involvement from Daniel but she made few plans for its arrival and didn’t particularly change her lifestyle to accommodate. Baby Isabel was therefore a great shock to Lisa but on the whole she was a loving and reasonably committed mother. Lisa has recently suffered with depression after hearing that her parents were unwell.

She sought out Daniel’s name remembering that he was a Doctor. She took the radical step of leaving Isabel in his care while she went to her parents’ bedside, although he was a virtual stranger to her.

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Stephen Marzella – Walking with the Enemy

Stephen features as David Koenig in Mark Schmidt’s Walking with the Enemy, available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes now.

Starring Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Burn Gorman and Ben Kingsley, it’s set in Hungary during the Second World War. In 1941, trapped between the German Reich and the Soviet Union, Admiral Miklos Horthy (Ben Kingsley), Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, is forced to join the Axis and must follow Hitler’s lead as to the treatment of Hungary’s Jewish population including forcing 10,000 into slave labour and the rest into ghettos & concentration camps. 

Two young men, Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) and Ferenc Jacobson, obtain forged Catholic baptism certificates and urge their families to leave Hungary as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz is saving thousands of Jewish lives by issuing Swiss passports from his Budapest office, known as The Glass House.

Based on the true story of Pinchas Rosenbaum and Carl Lutz, they are accredited with saving 62,000 Hungarian Jews, the single largest rescue operation of Jewish people of the Second World War. Thanks to their actions, around half the Jewish population of Budapest avoided a grizzly fate at the Nazi extermination camps. 

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