Andy Abrahams panto star 2019

X-Factor Star to Appear in Rotherham Civic Theatre Panto

Andy Abraham - Sleeping Beauty

Rotherham Civic Theatre is delighted to announce X-Factor star Andy Abraham will be starring in their spectacular family pantomime Sleeping Beauty this Christmas.

Andy was dubbed ‘the voice of the people’ when he appeared on the show in 2005, coming runner up. He has since gone on to record four studio albums, one of which reached number two in the charts, performed in numerous UK tours as well as being the UK’s entry in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

He is also no stranger to theatre having appeared in the UK tour of Boogie Nights and the West End hit Respect La Diva, as well as countless pantomimes all over the country. Prior to panto season Andy will be touring the UK in The Nat King Cole Songbook.

Sleeping Beauty marks the second year that Imagine Theatre will be producing panto in Rotherham and Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, says “We are delighted to be returning to Rotherham for this year’s festive season. Last year’s production of Dick Whittington was a great success and we got some wonderful feedback from audience members.

“We are really pleased to be working with Andy Abraham for the first time this year, and his fabulous vocal talent means we are all particularly excited about the musical numbers for the show.”

Steve added: “Sleeping Beauty is one of the UK’s most loved pantomimes. As many people may know, it tells the story of a Princess who is cursed by the wicked fairy Carabosse so that upon her eighteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep. Of course for our version we have added all the traditional elements of pantomime with a larger than life dame and a hilarious comic, lots of fun slapstick routines and elaborate musical numbers. It is definitely going to be another great show this year.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen added: “The Civic Theatre panto is always something to look forward to and this year will be no exception. I know I certainly enjoyed it! I am delighted to hear that Andy will be joining the cast for this year’s production of Sleeping Beauty.”

Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday 29 November 2019 until Sunday 5 January 2020. To book tickets just click here.

Enjoy a classic children’s tale as libraries “pop up” at Rotherham Theatres!

Enjoy a classic children’s tale as libraries “pop up” at Rotherham Theatres!

Pop library - Children's book stage shows

Story time is coming to Rotherham Theatres – which has teamed up with the borough’s libraries to host a “pop up library” alongside some of the most popular tales for little ones in April and May.

The “Pop up Library” will be visiting Rotherham’s Civic Theatre for the following productions:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Sunday 14 and Monday 15 April
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – Saturday 18 May
Dear Zoo – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May

The libraries will be open one hour before the start of the show in the theatre café/bar area and families will be able to browse and borrow a selection of children’s books.

If you or your children are not already library members, don’t worry – staff will be able to sign you up on the day.

Cllr Sarah Allen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities said:

“I hope that families who may not always get time to visit their local library can take advantage of this “pop up library” and get a flavour of some of the great books that are available to borrow.”

For more information on the shows or to book tickets just click here.

“Heartbeat” star comes to town in magical pantomime adventure

“Heartbeat” star comes to town in magical pantomime adventure

Dick Whittington pantomime cast

Rotherham panto fans will have a festive treat when ITV Heartbeat’s David Lonsdale stars in the rags-to-riches fairy tale Dick Whittington.

Rotherham Civic Theatre in partnership with Imagine Theatres welcomes David to town for his performance as “Alderman Fitzwarren” in this year’s spectacular production.

The story of Dick Whittington follows the adventures of Dick and his feline friend Tommy the Cat as they travel to London where the streets are supposed to be paved with gold in the hope of seeking fame and fortune. Can they defeat King Rat and his plague of rodents? Will Dick Whittington win the heart of Alice Fitzwarren?

Originally from Southport, David is best known for playing David Stockwell in long-running television series Heartbeat. Having worked on two projects for Netflix and the BBC, he has made various appearances in Coronation Street, as well as Casualty and a small part in the 1997 hit film The Full Monty.

Rotherham Theatres Manager Jo Longworth said she’s delighted David is starring in this year’s family show which will be packed with music and dance, and full of fun, with some boos and hisses thrown in for good measure.

She added: “We’re thrilled to have David perform in Rotherham’s family pantomime. He is a seasoned performer from one of television’s best loved programmes and we warmly welcome his return to Yorkshire.

“After appearing in numerous pantomimes, he’s perfect for the role of good-natured merchant Alderman Fitzwarren. We cannot wait to see David performing on stage and he will be fabulous at getting the audience to join in!”

Joining David on stage as heroic Dick Whittington is Nathan Guy, who has performed in various pantomime productions and appeared in the show This Way Up at Hull Truck Theatre. Nathan trained in post-graduate acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ashley Andrew will play Alice Fitzwarren, who has acted in roles continuously since graduating from Musical Theatre at Motherwell College in 2008.

This year’s panto dame Ian Hallard will bring laughter and slapstick comedy as Dame Sarah the Cook. Ian is familiar with South Yorkshire having studied at the University of Sheffield. He later achieved a post-graduate course at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Ian has starred in numerous theatre roles from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also appeared in television shows Dr Who, Miss Marple, Sherlock and daytime series Doctors.

Huddersfield born Ann Micklethwaite will perform as Fairy Bow-Bells, and has appeared in television soap Emmerdale and in John Godber’s 2017 feature film Last Laugh.

This is the first time that Rotherham Theatres has worked in partnership with Imagine Theatre for their pantomime production.

A live band will perform a musical accompaniment to help bring the production to life.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “We’re very excited for the start of the pantomime season which looks to be the best one yet with the brilliant combination of a professional cast, live music and fabulous costumes. There will be lots of fun and laughter, and audience participation throughout this spectacular production. It will be a wonderful festive experience for Rotherham panto fans and we look forward to welcoming audiences of all ages to the Civic Theatre.”

The show runs from Friday 30 November 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets start from just £11.50.

Tickets for Dick Whittington pantomime are on sale now and can be purchased quickly and easily online at the Rotherham Theatres website.

Come Along to Rotherham Civic Theatre for a ‘Purrfect’ Family Panto This Christmas

Come Along to Rotherham Civic Theatre for a ‘Purrfect’ Family Panto This Christmas.

Dick Whittington pantomime cast

Rotherham Civic Theatre are delighted to announce that this year they will be working alongside Imagine Theatre, one of the country’s top pantomime producers, on the spectacular rags to riches panto adventure Dick Whittington.

The show will star former Heartbeat actor David Lonsdale as Alderman Fitzwarren with Ian Hallard as our Dame Sarah the Cook, Nathan Guy as Dick Whittington. They will be joined by Ann Micklethwaite as Fairy Bow Bells, Ashley Andrew as Alice Fitzwarren and Paul Stirrat as King Rat.

For David Lonsdale it will be a welcome return to Yorkshire where he worked for many years on the hugely popular Heartbeat and he is looking forward to his first appearance at Rotherham Civic Theatre. “I definitely need my yearly dose of silliness doing panto as in the last year I have worked on two TV projects for Netflix and the BBC, been the director of the Southport Festival, as well as selling my first radio play which I was delighted about.”

“Pantomime is a very special part of my life. I find myself completely immersed in it for two months each year and it completely takes over! The constant laughter and music has a lovely effect on me and I honestly wouldn’t give it up for the world. Laughing is so good for us, audience and actors alike, and it’s that continual jollity that I love most about doing the shows.”

Dame, Ian Hallard, is also looking forward to a return to Yorkshire having been to university in Sheffield. He says “I have friends who have done panto at the Civic before and they’ve told me how lovely the team at the theatre is, and how warm and welcoming the audiences are and as some of my university friends are still in the area they will be coming to see the show which will be lovely.”

“My favourite thing about playing Dame is the fabulous costumes – and Imagine Theatre’s wardrobe department have really pulled out the stops this year! Plus of course the interaction with the audience. As Dame, you probably get to be a bit cheekier than any other panto character, and the audience participation is really great!”

Nathan Guy will be taking on the role of the title character Dick Whittington who travels to London with his faithful sidekick Tommy the cat, to seek his fortune. Along the way in pure panto style he has to protect the city from an evil villain, King Rat, as well as falling in love with the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren. “I am delighted to be playing Dick Whittington. Up until now I’ve only played the comedy side kick in pantos but now I am so excited because I finally get to play the hero. What’s more I’m really looking forward to putting my own little goofy shine on it!”

“The most wonderful thing about panto is it’s at Christmas time, and everyone is in a fabulous mood so it’s an all-round joyful experience. I love singing, dancing, comedy, acting, storytelling, working with children and interacting with an audience. The audience is the most important part of panto, and as long as I can make sure that they feel a part of our story and the crazy fun, then I’m sure we are all going to have the best time.”

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, says “We are delighted to be bringing panto to Rotherham for the first time this year. We have a fabulous cast lined up most of whom we have worked with in the past but we are also delighted to welcome Ann Micklethwaite to the Imagine team this year. She is an absolutely fabulous performer and is going to be a brilliant Fairy Bow Bells.”

The show runs from Friday 30 November 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019.

To book tickets call the box office on 01709 823621 or click here

Young Dancers Invited to Audition for The Rotherham Civic Panto

Young Dancers Invited to Audition for The Rotherham Civic Panto

Rotherham Civic Pantomime 2018/19

On Sunday 2 September Rotherham Civic Theatre will be holding open auditions for children to be part of the Junior Chorus in their magical family pantomime Dick Whittington.

The auditions are open to boys and girls aged 9-16 in school years 4-11 at the time of the production and those successful in obtaining a part in the show will be starring alongside former Heartbeat star David Lonsdale.

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Image Theatre who produce the show says, “This is our first year in Rotherham and we are delighted to be holding open auditions for the Junior Chorus as it is a great opportunity to get members of the local community involved in the show.”

“Performing in a professional production is a fabulous and rewarding opportunity for the children and is always a lot of fun, but it is also a big commitment and a lot of hard work.”

Full details on the auditions can be found here, as well as the application forms can be found here and at Application forms do not need to be submitted in advance although where possible please complete them beforehand and bring with you to save time on audition day.

The show runs from Friday 30 November 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019.

To book tickets call the box office on 01709 823621 or click here

Jack and the Beanstalk cast ready for Panto time in Rotherham.

Panto stars wow shoppers in Rotherham Town Centre

Jack and the Beanstalk cast

Rotherham residents are being invited to get in the festive spirit and book their panto place, as the stars of this year’s show prepare to take centre stage!

The town’s Christmas lights switch on celebration tonight (16 November) kicks off the final the countdown to this year’s show – family favourite, Jack and The Beanstalk.

Tickets are still available for the panto, which is running at the Civic Theatre from Thursday 30th November and until Sunday 7th January 2018. Jack and The Beanstalk is a wonderful story that everyone knows and loves. Follow the tale of Jack as he attempts to defeat the Giant and win the hand of the Princess

Watch out for the villainous Fleshcreep, the Giant’s servant, as he tries to scupper Jack’s plans and kidnap the princess. Cheated out of gold from the Trott’s only cow, Jack is left will a useless bag of beans…or are they?

Cast members include Nigel Pivaro, Coronation Street’s infamous bad boy Terry Duckworth, as “Fleshcreep” the Giant’s assistant, Andrew Maguire from Hollyoaks as handsome Jack and singing star Rosie Houlton as Princess Jill. They will be joined by comedy star Bippo as Silly Billy and Danny Mills as Dame Trott.

Shone Productions are delighted to be returning to Rotherham Civic Theatre for Christmas 2017-18 with their spectacular pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Come and join us for this year’s Giant of a pantomime. Tickets start from a reasonably priced £11.00. Book now to guarantee the best seats for this year’s festive spectacular! The pantomime performances during Christmas week and key weekend dates sell out very fast.

Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are on sale now and can be purchased in person or by phone from the box office at Rotherham Visitor Centre, or on the Theatres


Temporary Theatre Closure

Image of the theatre

Temporary Theatre Closure

The Civic Theatre has cancelled the performance of Sweeney Todd this week after experiencing a few issues with the ceiling above the stage.

Rotherham Theatres Manager Jo Longworth said this week’s performance of Sweeney Todd had been cancelled after two small pieces of wood came loose in the ceiling area above the stage.

She added: “The stage area has been cordoned off as a precautionary measure to allow the necessary repairs to be completed. There will be an inspection of the roof on Friday and we hope the theatre will be in a position to reopen within a few days.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause to customers and we are working closely with the production company to hopefully offer alternative dates.

“In the meantime, we are contacting customers direct to inform them of the cancellation.”

Own a piece of Rotherham Civic heritage

A chance to own a piece of Rotherham Civic heritage.

Following the sale of the first batch of seating, we are happy to announce that a limited number of seating has been made available to purchase directly from Rotherham Civic Theatre, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of Rotherham Civic heritage.

The seats we have available will be sold in banks of two and there are two options to choose from. You can purchase a pair of seats with one decorative end for £35 or a pair of seats without cropped seatinga decorative end for £25.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the seats, please contact the theatre box office on 01709 823641. Or visit

Rotherham Visitor’s Centre,
40 Bridgegate,
S60 1PQ.

All purchases are to be collected from Rotherham Civic Theatre at a mutually convenient time.

The opportunity to purchase the old seating is for a limited time only, and on a first come first served basis so don’t delay.

Sit back and enjoy the show

Sit back and enjoy the show.

Example of new seating in the Rotherham Civic Theatre

The many thousands of people who enjoy performances at Rotherham’s Civic Theatre can expect a fresh experience when new seating is gradually installed over the coming weeks.
After about 100 years of active service at both the Civic and previously the town’s Regent Theatre, the chairs are ready to be replaced. Some of the seats will remain at the Civic Theatre but the majority will be auctioned off to the highest bidder by local Rotherham auctioneers, Paul Beighton.

Mark Scott, Manager at Rotherham Theatres said, “Over the years we’ve had many performers comment on how beautiful and striking the seating looks when seen from the stage. However, customers did find them a bit cramped and uncomfortable, and many had become defective. So, swayed by public opinion, we have decided it is time for new seating to be installed.”

“We have trialled a version of the new seat with customers since Easter and after positive feedback we have now agreed on the final chair design which will give greater comfort and hopefully pinch a bit more leg room.”

Auditoria Seats from Rotherham will supply the new chairs which will be installed in phases with the project fully completed in early October.

The first batch of the old seating will be auctioned on Sunday 23 August and further information will appear on the auctioneers’ website,

Rotherham’s 2015 Panto is announced

The Rotherham Civic Theatre is proud to announce the classic rags-to-riches story of Cinderella as the town’s pantomime for the 2015 Christmas season.

Cinderella Pantomime 2015-16

Cinderella – Rotherham’s 2015 Pantomime

Following last year’s production, Aladdin, which welcomed over 25,000 people to the council-owned Civic Theatre, tickets for Cinderella are now on sale.

Rotherham Theatres Manager, Mark Scott, said: “Panto time is always special at the Civic Theatre and we’re hoping that the momentum of last year’s production, which ended up being one of our most successful and well received pantomimes of recent times, will make this one to remember.

“Cinderella, which for the second year will be presented by Shone Productions which will be starting on Wednesday December 2 and running until Sunday January 10, and is without doubt a fan favourite.

“The story needs no introduction, but, it’s always a joy to see Cinderella’s dreams of leaving her wicked stepmother and dull life as a servant to meet a handsome prince come to life with the help of her fairy godmother.”

Cast details are yet to be finalised. However, an announcement is expected to be made in the coming months.

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