A Beauty of a cast

A Beauty of a cast for the Rotherham Civic Theatre panto

Rotherham Sleeping Beauty cast

Rotherham Civic Theatre is delighted to announce their full line-up for the magical family friendly pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Joining former X Factor star and recording artist Andy Abraham as King Hugo are Tim Freeman as Nanny Annie, Kevin McGreevy as Muddles the Jester, Laura Judge as Carabosse, Georgina Newton as Princess Rosa/Azurial, Joshua Ford as Prince Valiant and Vicky Field as Grunge.

Laura Judge, who will play the wicked fairy Carabosse, was born and raised in Rotherham and her family still live in the town.

“My very first appearance on stage was at Rotherham Civic Theatre in a production of The White Horse Inn, as a goat girl aged seven! Very cute! Before I went to drama school in London, I did a fabulous performing arts course at Rotherham College, which sparked in me the desire to perform professionally and set the ball rolling so I am delighted to be stepping back on to the stage in Rotherham this Christmas.”

“I adore playing Carabosse! I love her drama, her glamour, the sarcastic malevolence of her but also her dark humour. She is the ultimate evil diva and I can’t wait to be back playing her!”

This will be Tim Freeman’s first time in Rotherham and he says: “I’ve heard great things about Rotherham Civic Theatre and I’m looking forward to discovering somewhere new! What’s there to do for a young Dame about town?!”

Tim has played the Dame many times and is happy to share his reasons for loving the role: “Well really I’ve found that if you put on an outrageous frock and some subtle makeup you can get away with anything! I love having fun with the audience and cast and trying to make each performance unique! Anything can happen!

“I’ve worked with Kev (Muddles) for a number of years and cannot wait to be reunited with him again this Christmas. I think we have a similar sense of humour and share a little taste for mischief! We both love it when we can catch each other out and maybe share a cheeky joke with the audience! Even better if we can make other cast members giggle!”

Georgina Newton will be taking on two roles this Christmas as she plays both Princess Rosa and Azurial.

“I am really excited to be playing two roles and two completely different characters. I’ve never had to multi role before so I want to make it my Christmas mission that the audience have no idea that both parts are me! Well, unless they read this of course!

“I love panto and my favourite thing about it is the children. It’s the first piece of theatre most youngsters get to see and I love to hear the cheers and screams and see their faces light up with wonder at the music, the costumes and the characters! Christmas isn’t Christmas without a good old pantomime and it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of the magic!”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “This year’s spectacular pantomime has live music, fun and laughter, lots of audience interaction throughout the show and it promises to be the best one yet with the excellent combination of Andy, Tim, Kevin, Laura, Georgina, Joshua and Vicky bringing the stage to life. The production will be a superb experience for Rotherham panto fans and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Civic Theatre.”

Don’t miss out on this fabulous family friendly pantomime. Sleeping Beauty runs at Rotherham Civic Theatre from Friday 29 November 2019 until Sunday 5 January 2020. To book tickets click here.