Starting off the round of Press Pics with a classic- Duggie Chapman, who along with Barrie Stacey must be this country’s longest serving Theatre Producer, presenting “Aladdin” with two pantomime Legends- The Patton Brothers! Jimmy and Brian have been appearing in Pantomimes since The Late 1940’s, and began a double act in 1954. They are the longest serving Pantomime Artistes in the Country- which means, in the world! Aged 82 and 85 they star as Chinese Policemen in a career that has spanned every Panto Venue including The London Palladium. The power and strength of Show Biz!
Snow White with Benidorm’s Asa Elliott and my mate Phil Beck as a very Wicked Queen!
Billy Pearce, Darren Day, Charlie Hardwick and Jon Lee in Bradford Alhambra’s “Peter Pan”.
Bath Theatre Royal has UK Productions “Aladdin” this year with another mate, Nick Wilton as Widow Twankey!
To me.. To you- this time at Nottingham Theatre Royal. The Chuckle Brothers joining Tony Maudsley in his first Dame Role, Chico and a welcome return of Paul Gabriel.The Chucks are, of course Brothers to the Patton Brothers!
Steven Mulhern has Ben Roddy as Sarah The Cook in Dick Whittington at The Marlowe in Canterbury, While Martin Ramsdin is Widow Twankey in “Aladdin” at Horesham.
The Orchard Dartford has the Qdos Pantomime “Snow White” starring Joe Pasquale, Ceri Dupree and Rachel Stanley as The Wicked Queen.
After an eternity- well, since “Babes In The Wood” way back with glorious John Inman and Barbara Windsor- The Palladium is a Qdos venue this year, presenting “Cinderella”. Here’s the side of the stage door as it looks at the moment!
Venue Cymru stars- “What’s it all about, Alfie?”.. Rugby Legend Gareth Thomas as Genie- 100 plus caps to his name, joining Llandudno Star of Ten Years John Evans (and a pretty nice bloke too!) who this year teams up with the actual Mayor of Buckley, Andy Jones as Widow Twankey!
Stars on the Tyne-Newcastle Theatre Royal presents the Qdos “Cinderella” directed and produced by Michael Harrison with Danny Adams and Clive Webb returning with Fairy Godmother supreme Chris Hayward for another long and spectacular season on Grey Street.
Andrew Agnew,Vicky Entwistle, Faye Tozer and Bobby Crush can be found at Sunderland Empire this season in “Sleeping Beauty” for UK Productions.
Over at Plymouth Theatre Royal Lesley Joseph arrives direct from the Christmas Special of “Birds Of A Feather” and “Strictly” to join forces with Blue’s Duncan James and Ben Nickless.
Wolverhampton’s “Aladdin” at The Grand Theatre, presented by Qdos.
Cinderella at the Regent Stoke- FFE is presenting Fairy Cupcake- Hannah Potts, daughter of Panto Dame & writer Eric in a spectacular panto at The Regent along with regulars Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson.
The gorgeous Vicki Michelle arrives at The King’s Theatre Southsea to star in “Jack And The Beanstalk”.
Seen here with Vicki are Anne Hegerty and Phil Randall as Dame Trott.
International Ice Skaters Torville & Dean head the cast of “Cinderella” at The Hippodrome Bristol for FFE.
PHA presents “Beauty & The Beast” at The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare starring John Challis.
and finally- for this section- King Rat in the guise of Steve McFadden bringing the rats of Walford to the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham this season!