Wednesday 13th September 2017
Panto Press day today in Nottingham for the Qdos “Beauty & The Beast” launch. The Group bookers invited to attend a reception at the Theatre Royal with producer Jonathan Kiley unveiling the most recent addition to the repertoire, welcomed by Jonathan Saville.
Beauty and The Beast has not been done as a pantomime that often, and with the recent interest in the Disney Live Action film, and popularity of the earlier cartoon, this “Tale as Old As Time”- well, 350 years or so, is getting a very welcome airing at Nottingham.
Also getting an airing today were Sherrie Hewson’s Knickers!
Not so much a Panto Unveiling but a Panty unveiling!
Miss Hewson felt the need to share her vibrant knickers with the group bookers much to the amusement of all and sundry, including Jonathan Kiley (left) and the cast! It’s obviously a Benidorm friendly greeting I imagine!
Sherrie stars as Mrs Potty the Housekeeper, alongside Ben Richards- Ben has made appearances in many TV productions from The Bill to Footballers Wives and Hollyoaks, with West End appearances including “Priscilla” and “The Bodyguard”.
Sherrie needs no introduction- I’ve had the fun of being in two recent pantomimes with her, and this year her Grand Dame is Andrew Ryan, who also directs!
From Loose Women, a reboot of “Are You Being Served” and of course over ten years of “Benidorm”, Sherrie has appeared in almost every “soap” from “Corrie” through to “Emmerdale”, to”Crossroads” and back again!
Ben Nickless & Andrew Ryan
Both Andrew and Ben are firm favourites at The Theatre Royal. Andrew frequently appears in the Summer Rep seasons for the Theatre Royal’s “Thriller Seasons”, and this will be his fourth panto there. It is also Ben’s Fourth. Both Andrew and Ben worked together with Lesley Joseph and Sam Attwater in “Snow White” at the Theatre Royal three years ago.
Last year Ben was in Plymouth Theatre Royal with Lesley Joseph, and Andrew was at The Hippodrome Birmingham with John Barrowman and The Krankies.
This year will be Andrew’s Thirty-First Pantomime Season, and his Twenty-Seventh as Dame!
The Launch at Newstead Abbey and The Theatre Royal, Nottingham
The Press day involved the cast doing interviews for Notts TV and ITV, and interviews with BBc Radio and the newspapers. A TV trailer was filmed at Newstead Abbey standing in for the Beast’s Castle, and a trailer for the very popular “Relaxed Performances” that will be held at the Theatre on Wednesday 10th January 2018.