The cast members of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have paid an early visit to Nottingham as they officially launched this year’s truly ‘wicked’ Theatre Royal family pantomime.
Following the hugely successful return of Birds of a Feather to our television screens earlier this year, one of the nation’s best-loved actresses Lesley Joseph will star as The Wicked Queen - pantomime’s ultimate villain. Joining Lesley onstage is EastEnders heartthrob and Dancing on Ice 2011 champion Sam Attwater as The Prince.
Lesley has starred in numerous plays and musicals, in the West End and on tour, including Calendar Girls, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Annie, as well as countless television and radio programmes. On television she has appeared in Night and Day, What Not to Wear, My Bare Lady, Ready, Steady, Cook, and Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
Sam was the winner of the sixth series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice in 2011. He landed his first television role playing Ricky in Hollyoaks in 2009. In January 2010, he joined the cast of EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20 playing the character Leon Small. Sam has also starred in West End musicals including Tonight’s the Night and 20th Century Boy, and has recently released his debut EP Breaking Boundaries.
Back by popular demand Ben Nickless (last year’s critically acclaimed Mr Smee) returns to play the hapless Muddles, alongside one of the theatre’s most popular pantomime dames, Andrew Ryan, who will play The Nurse.
Jonathan Kiley, executive producer of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, said: “We are delighted that Lesley and Sam, two pre-eminent figures in the world of entertainment, will lead the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Guaranteed to be another action-packed and must-see Theatre Royal Nottingham pantomime, the show will feature comedy, fabulous sets, and outrageous costumes and, as Theatre Royal Nottingham audiences have come to expect, surprises galore along the way!”
The Theatre Royal’s director of sales, marketing and development, Jonathan Saville, added: “We are delighted to see such a strong and talented cast announced for this year’s pantomime. We’ve been lucky enough to have Lesley, Ben and Andrew perform here in pantomime before and we know that our family audiences absolutely love them, or love to hate them in the case of our fabulously Wicked Queen, of course!
“There will be many surprises in store with this production, too. ”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from December 6-January 11. Tickets start from £15, with concessions and generous group discounts available, and can booked on 0115 989 5555 or online at www.trch.co.uk
n Comedian Milton Jones brings his new show Temple Of Daft to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on February 21, as part of a national tour.
The one-liner king will be visiting his devotees, with his brand-new show. In this temple, there’s no doom, just copious amounts of laughter and nonsense.
Temple of Daft will showcase Milton’s trademark gags, which are as attention-grabbing as those brightly coloured shirts. If this show is a hat, it would be a crown fit for a king, and covered in rare and precious jokes.
The show is a rip-roaring quest to find buried treasure. But will Milton learn that the best treasure is to be found in people’s hearts? Let’s hope not, that would be really dull.
If you liked the Mock the Week star’s most recent radio show, Thanks a Lot Milton Jones! (BBC Radio 4) and the stuff he’s done on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave) or the other ten radio series he has had commissioned for BBC Radio 4, then you will love his new hits, as he cranks up his joke jukebox once more.
Milton Jones and the Temple Of Daft starts at 8pm and tickets cost £24. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.