We’re dreaming of a white Christmas – Snow White that is!
A Liverpool Mum is getting very excited about St Helens Theatre Royal’s Christmas panto – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs after attending the press launch at the super cool Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool.
Regal Entertainments unveiled its starry cast at the event boasting the hilarious Johnny Vegas and Coronation Street actress Lucy Jo Hudson.
Revealing who is the fairest of them all, comedy favourite and St Helens’ own Johnny Vegas will appear via video projection as the face and voice of the magic mirror. The Benidorm star said: “This is my first ever panto although I played Father Christmas at school. “I have been preparing for the role by walking up to people in the street, telling them what I think of them and suggesting lifestyle changes!”
Wild at Heart and Coronation Street’s Lucy-Jo Hudson stars as Snow White. She recently competed in the ITV show Dance, Dance, Dance reaching the final, and won Villain of the Year at the 2017 British Soap Awards for her performance in BBC1 soap Doctors.
My six-year-old daughter was delighted to become a reporter for the day and was invited to interview her heroine, asking her who her favourite dwarf was! “I couldn’t possibly choose,” laughed Lucy, “they’re all so lovely!”
She added: “I’ve never performed in Merseyside before so that will be nice. I can’t wait to be part of it, panto is so much fun. I can’t wait to work with Johnny, he’s lovely and so talented.”
LIPA graduate Jack Rigby, who appeared in the Theatre Royal’s 2015 panto, Cinderella, will return to the St Helens stage breaking hearts as the handsome Prince. The Liverpool lad has performed in a number of plays at the Epstein and Royal Court Theatres, as well as feature films – Arthur and Merlin, Celtic and Saxons and Pleasure Island.
“Cinderella was my first panto. I like the buzz of it and the audience reaction, the kids can’t believe they’re meeting you after the show – your character is real to them.”
Richard Hazlewood also returns after proving a big hit in the St Helens’ Easter panto Beauty and the Beast. This time he is Herman the Henchman, while providing lots of jovial hilarity will be Lewis Devine as Muddles.
St Helens Theatre Royal resident dame, Si Foster, is back as the Wicked Queen.
And completing the all-star cast is the addition of seven real-life dwarfs, including mother and son Harry Potter actors Josh Bennett and Sarah Bennett, Danny Blackner who appeared in box office hits Star Wars VI – Return of The Jedi, Labyrinth and Muppet Treasure Island, Lucy Blenkiron, Jay Lusted who appeared in the BBC One Wales documentary Born Small: The Wedding, Charlotte Lyons, and finally, Peter Sunter.
It is now less than two weeks until the glittering production, comes to St Helens Theatre Royal, opening on Saturday, 2 December and running until Sunday, 7 January 2017.
In addition to the magic of Johnny Vegas’s mirror apparition, this year, for the first time ever at the Theatre Royal, sees the introduction of a 3-D interactive scene. The action will jump right off the stage and is guaranteed to leave audiences amazed.
With real life dwarfs, magic mirrors, wicked queens and poisoned apples aplenty, you can expect all the slapstick comedy capers you have come to know and love from all Regal Entertainments’ pantos.
So be sure to book early and enjoy one the world’s best fairy tale classics this festive season.
Tickets cost from £11. Visit the website here for tickets.