Young dancers can star in Sleeping Beauty pantomime

Young dancers can star in Sleeping Beauty pantomime

Sleeping Beauty - Pantomime 2019

Rotherham Civic Theatre will host open auditions on Sunday 1 September for young dancers to be part of their Junior Ensemble in this year’s magical family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

The auditions are open to boys and girls aged 9 to 16 at the time of the production and those successful in obtaining a part in the show will be starring alongside X-Factor’s Andy Abraham.

Imagine Theatre is looking for three teams of children to take part in the show, and as well as dancing ability will look for children who have that special something extra that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities Cllr Sarah Allen said: “The Civic Theatre’s pantomime is a much-loved show and is always a popular event, with people travelling across South Yorkshire to come and see it. This audition is open to everybody and it’s a great opportunity for children from the local community to get involved and appear at this amazing theatre.”

Open auditions gives any child of the right age who wishes to take part a chance, regardless if they attend a dance school or have any previous experience.

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, who are producing the pantomime, said: “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 lot of hard work.”

Full details on the auditions, including further information on age and attendance requirements and regulations, as well as the application forms can be found here or

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.

Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday 29 November 2019 until Sunday 5 January 2020.

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


Panto stars wow shoppers in Rotherham Town Centre

Panto stars wow shoppers in Rotherham Town Centre

Snow White pantomime launch

Shoppers in Rotherham did a double take when the stars of this year’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, mingled with the crowds at the Tuesday street market.

Wicked Queen, former Pop Idol star Zoe Birkett, was especially interested in the shiny red apples at Ellis’ Fruit and Veg stall, in All Saints’ Square!

Zoe was joined by Snow White herself, Enola Dyer, handsome prince, Anthony Collesso, loveable “Muddles” (Rollo) and Dame Dolly, Steve Barclay.

The stars were in town to launch the festive spectacular, which this year features the timeless story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The cast posed for photos outside Rotherham Minster and the Heart of Steel, before the Wicked Queen led them on a hunt for apples to the Tuesday street market, outside Rotherham Visitor Centre.

Rotherham Theatres Manager, Jo Longworth, said: “This year’s panto promises to be a real treat, with a fantastic cast and Shone Productions once again producing the show – so expect fantastic songs, stunning dance routines and a hilarious script.

“Rotherham audiences love their annual panto, and with a family favourite like Snow White I am sure this year will be as popular as ever.”

Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, added: “The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a classic, and with a wicked queen to boo and hiss, a plucky heroine and a comedy double act of Muddles and the Dame, I’m sure this year’s production will delight both young and old alike!”

Tickets for Snow White 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 website

Rotherham panto star is a Pop Idol

Rotherham panto star is a Pop Idol

Zoe Birkett - Wicked Queen Rotherham panto fans are in for a real treat when Pop Idol and West End singing sensation Zoe Birkett stars in the 2016 pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Rotherham Civic Theatre is proud to announce Zoe Birkett has been confirmed for this year’s production, performing the role of the Wicked Queen.

Zoe, starred in ITV’s Pop Idol singing competition alongside Will Young and Gareth Gates, and her video ‘Get Happy’ went straight to number one. She has performed in West End productions ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, ‘What a Feeling’, ‘Thriller Live’, ‘Respect La Diva’, ‘Hair’, ‘Tommy’ and appeared in Celebrity Big Brother.

Rotherham Theatres Manager, Jo Longworth is delighted to welcome Zoe for this year’s production which will be packed with fun, magic, music and excitement.

She said: “We’re really thrilled to have secured Zoe for the role, she is one of the UK’s leading artists with an amazing singing voice and has appeared in numerous West End shows.

“Zoe has performed on some of the biggest stages, to over 250,000 fans on two national arena tours and has sung on the Pop Idol Big Band album, which reached number one and went triple platinum.

“She will be fabulous at bringing the role to life by playing the famous fairy tale character and getting the audience to join in with a sprinkle of Pop Idol magic.”

Alongside the announcement of Zoe being cast in the role, Rotherham Theatres are delighted to welcome back Shone Productions, who helped make last years’ show such a success.

Jo said: “Shone Productions will be returning once again this year after producing the last two spectacular pantomimes. A live band will perform an outstanding musical accompaniment to help bring the production to life and create a wonderful atmosphere throughout the show.

“Following on from one of Rotherham’s most successful pantomimes ever last year, this show will be another fantastic production. Snow White is a perfect magical fairy tale for Christmas packed with great songs, fun, laughter, a Wicked Queen to boo and hiss at and a magical love story to warm you during those cold winter evenings.”

Joining Zoe on stage will be the handsome Anthony Collesso who played the lead role of Aladdin in ‘Aladdin Rocks’, a touring Rock and Roll pantomime production.

The former Celebrity and Carnival Cruise Line performer will play the Prince. He has also brought the stage to life in a national tour of ‘Music Hall Tavern’ and the Cromer Pavilion Theatre Christmas Spectacular Variety show.

Snow White, herself will be played by Enola Dyer, who was part of Disney girl band Misstasia on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015.

The talented Enola trained in Performing Arts at Bury College and Media and Performance at the University of Salford. Enola is a vocalist for Manchester based band ‘Jukebox’ and has performed for The Showteam and Thomson Gold.

Back by popular demand, Sean “Rollo” Rollason returns to the Civic Theatre after getting rave reviews with his own brand of comedy last year and will play the hilarious Muddles.

Show business legend and pantomime veteran Steve Barclay will play Dame Dolly.

Jo concluded: “I’ve no doubt that with the fantastic combination of Zoe, Anthony, Enola, Rollo and Steve, the live band, lots of audience interaction throughout the lively production, this year will be a special one for Rotherham panto fans.”

Tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are on sale now and can be purchased at the Theatres website

Second Curtain Call for Sweeney Todd at Rotherham Civic Theatre

Second Curtain Call for Sweeney Todd at Rotherham Civic Theatre

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – 26 to 30 April

Following the temporary closure of Rotherham Civic Theatre last month, the theatre is pleased to welcome back Rotherham Teachers Student Academy’s postponed production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The rescheduled performance will take place from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 April.

Rotherham Theatres Manager Jo Longworth welcomed the return of the thrilling show to the Civic Theatre stage.

She said: “We are extremely pleased to have rescheduled a number of performances. The young people involved in the production of Sweeney Todd had been working hard to be ready to perform at the Civic Theatre. I am delighted that an alternative date could be found giving them the opportunity to put all their hard work into practise.”

The musical thriller is set in Victorian London. Sweeney Todd tells the grisly story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, who bakes their bodies into meat pies.

The pies are then fed to London’s avid and unknowing populace.

Tickets for Sweeney Todd are on sale now and can be purchased safely, securely and quickly via the Theatres website

Alternatively, you can get your tickets by either visiting the Box Office, located in All Saints’ Square in the Rotherham Visitor Centre, or calling the Box Office on 01709 823621.

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.”

Panto cast says ‘Happy Christmas’

Cinderella cast

The stars of Rotherham’s pantomime are spreading festive magic by wishing everyone a Happy Christmas.

The sparkling cast of Cinderella took to the boards at the Civic Theatre for their first performance on Tuesday 2 December. They will be performing a total of 77 spectacular shows before the curtain comes down again on Sunday 10 January 2016.

So far, more than 21,000 people have booked to join in the fun as Fairy Godmother Maureen Nolan uses her magic powers to make sure Cinderella (Sophie Wysoczanski) is the belle of the ball in her amazing glass slippers.

But will Cinderella be swept off her feet by Prince Charming (Carl Tracey) or will the ugly sisters (Chris Aukett and Andy Brennan) manage to get in the way of true love?

The traditional family panto, which also features comedy star Rollo as Buttons, promises hilarious jokes, lots of chances to boo the villains, shout ‘It’s behind you’ and sing along with a host of well-known songs.

Cllr David Roche, Advisory Cabinet Member with responsibility for cultural services, said: “We know that many families make a visit to the panto part of their regular Christmas celebrations and they really get involved in the show.

“Cinderella is a fantastic show for all the family – there’s something in it for everyone so come along and join in the fun.”

Tickets start from just £11. To book your tickets online quickly, safely and easily, go to the Rotherham Theatres website

Cinderella Pantomime Stars To Appear At Christmas Light Switch On

Rotherham town centre will be given a touch of the X Factor and a sprinkle pantomime magic for its annual Christmas Lights Switch-on event.

Sophie Wysoczanski is Cinderella

Previous X Factor finalists, Rough Copy will take to the stage to entertain the crowds with live musical performances on Thursday 12th November in All Saints’ Square.

The party starts at 4.30pm, hosted by Rother FM, bringing live music and lots of festive fun to the town centre, and of course, the exciting countdown to the big Christmas Lights Switch-on.

Rough Copy, a boy band from Croydon, reached the final stages of the 2013 X Factor competition, under the wing of Gary Barlow and will take to the stage at approximately 5.30pm.

Singer-songwriter Larissa Eddie, who has recently supported Lionel Richie, will be entertaining the crowds from 5.15pm and Nichola Marie as Lady Gaga, a 2012 X Factor contestant will be on stage at 4.35pm.

Also, the cast from this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, at Rotherham Civic Theatre, will be on stage, so look out for Prince Charming, The Ugly Sisters and of course Cinders!

Carl Tracey - Prince Charming

At 6pm the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Maggi Clark, and her husband and Consort, Peter Clark, along with family members, will press the magic button to light up the town for the festive season.

The Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, Denise Lelliott said: ‘What a fantastic family event the lights switch-on is, with lots of fun and entertainment and of course seeing the town lit up ready for Christmas.

“It is such a well-loved event and with the added excitement of such great entertainment, I am sure the evening will be enjoyed by all.”

The event is supported throughout the day with a market along Effingham Street from 10am until 7pm and children’s rides.

Parking is free from 4.30pm in all Council-owned car parks and on-street parking bays. Maximum stay still applies.

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,

Maureen Nolan To Star In Cinderella Pantomime

Rotherham Theatres are delighted to announce the first star of the Cinderella Pantomime 2015-16.

Maureen Nolan - The Fairy GodmotherThe Fairy godmother will be played by Maureen Nolan, from the original girl group The Nolans and has also developed an accomplished career as a West End actress.

Maureen has been singing with her sisters, The Nolans, since she was nine years old. They became one of Europe’s first successful girl bands, with phenomenal record sales worldwide – particularly in Japan, where they sold more records than The Beatles! The Nolans have worked with some of the world’s most respected artists including the legendary Frank Sinatra. Their music success ensured that the Nolans put an entire generation “In The Mood For Dancing!”

The Nolans line-up has changed many times, however, Maureen, stayed with the group until they disbanded in 2005. The original girl group reunited in 2009 – with a new album, DVD and a sell-out UK tour, with some venues selling out within hours.

Cinderella Pantomime 2015-16

A familiar face in musical theatre, Maureen has received plaudits from critics and audience members alike. Maureen has appeared in the comedy musical Girl’s Behind, and in Mum’s The Word, Footloose, Stardust – A Musical Flashback In Time and The Eva Cassidy Story. Maureen returned to Mum’s The Word in 2008 playing opposite her late and very much missed sister Bernie. In 2011 Maureen performed in the world premiere of the new musical Peter Pan at the Canal Theatre in Dublin.

Maureen is a veteran of 20 pantomimes and is thrilled to be performing as The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

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.

Book your seats online now:

Panto Time Is Here!

Shone Productions are flying into Rotherham Civic Theatre with a magical carpet ride of a pantomime – Aladdin.

Aladdin Cast at Pantomime Launch

2014 PANTOMIME: ALADDIN – starring Mark Labbett from ITV’s ‘The Chase’

Rotherham’s pantomime for 2014, Aladdin, is heading into the Civic Theatre from Wednesday 3rd December for six weeks of fun, music, entertainment and laughter.

Starring Mark Labbett “The Beast” from the ITV game show ‘The Chase’ as the evil Abanazar, comedian Ricky K as Aladdin – who wowed Simon Cowell with his visual comedy routines in Britain’s Got Talent, West End star Alexandra Hans as the beautiful Princess Jasmine and back by popular demand, Rotherham’s favourite panto dame, Mark Hudson as Widow Twankey.

Don’t miss this year’s festive spectacular which run’s until Sunday 11th January 2015.

Take a sneak peek at the fun in store! View the Aladdin Official Launch Video Trailer

Book your seats online now:

Aladdin Official Launch Video Trailer

See the official Aladdin Launch video trailer!

Aladdin Cast at Pantomime Launch

Find out what a magical story, family fun, comedy, amazing entertainment, and madcap antics are in store at this year’s spectacular production of Aladdin at Rotherham Civic Theatre. The pantomime starts on Wednesday 3rd December and finishes on Sunday 11th January 2015.

To view the Aladdin official launch video – click here

First Panto Stars Are Announced

Rotherham panto fans can get a sneak preview of one of this year’s stars on the evening of Tuesday 27th May, when Ricky K performs in the live semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent!

Ricky K - Aladdin

ALADDIN – starring comedian Ricky K – Semi-Finalist on Britain’s Got Talent

After watching the magnificent Rotherham United Football Club promotion parade in Rotherham town centre, the good news is set to continue, when the star of Rotherham’s 2014 Pantomime Aladdin, hilarious comedian Ricky K battles it out for a place in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Ricky wowed Simon Cowell with his visual comedy routines in his Britain’s Got Talent audition – which made Simon “Laugh out loud”.

The first stars have been announced for this year’s magical pantomime Aladdin: Ricky K (who will star in the title role as “Aladdin”) will be joined by last year’s side-splittingly funny panto dame from Beauty and The Beast, “Dame Dolly”, played by Rotherham’s favourite panto dame Mark Hudson, who returns by popular demand as “Widow Twankey”. More stars for this year’s pantomime will be revealed soon.

Shone Productions are delighted to be flying into Rotherham Civic Theatre with the magical pantomime adventure, Aladdin. Join us for a beloved tale filled with love, comedy, laughter, music and lots of sparkle!

Come and cheer on Widow Twankey and her son Aladdin, as he tries to win the heart of the beautiful princess Jasmine. Be mesmerised as they do battle with the evil magician Abanazer, who aims to be the master of the world. It seems Aladdin’s wishes may never come true, but maybe with a little help from the Genie of the Lamp and the Slave of the Ring we’ll reach an ending of happy ever after!

There is only one way to find out – come and see this spectacular production featuring the comical Ricky K, Mark Hudson and our talented professional cast with beautiful scenery, stunning costumes, dazzling song and dance routines, and hilarious jokes plus lots of audience participation accompanied by a fantastic live band.

May all your wishes come true during this festive season – join us for a magic carpet ride of a pantomime.

The pantomime runs from 3 December 2014 to 11 January 2015 at Rotherham Civic Theatre, with tickets starting from a reasonably priced £11.00.

The pantomime performances during Christmas week and key weekend dates sell out very fast – book early to avoid disappointment. Get your tickets now – book your seats safely, quickly and conveniently online!

51 Shades of Maggie & ‘5 Shades’ of cocktails Balcony Bar success

We were thrilled to see you making use of our newly opened Balcony Bar before… during… and after the 51 Shades of Maggie performance!

Balcony Bar photo

It was a full house when we welcomed the smash-hit comedy tour on Saturday 8 March to Rotherham Civic Theatre. To make room for you all and ensure you fully enjoyed your night at our theatre, we opened up our Balcony Bar – with one special addition for the night – COCKTAILS!

These gorgeous looking and delicious tasting cocktails were lapped up by you, selling out almost instantly! We also have to give special thanks to all of our superb members of staff (two of them seen in the photo above), who ensured your thirst was quenched throughout the evening on our busy bar.

What did you think? – now we know you love the Balcony Bar as much as we do, we’ve got big plans for it! Watch this space and sign up to our Newsletter to be the first learn of the latest news and developments at Rotherham Theatres.

So the next time you come to see a show at the theatre, check to see if the Balcony Bar is open (in the foyer, opposite the Box Office and up the stairs). There may be other special offers in store, to help you enjoy your theatre visit – even more!

Rotherham Civic Theatre Balcony Bar re-opens!

We know how crowded it can get in our licensed bar area, and so have re-opened the Balcony Bar to make your visit to the theatre an even better experience.

Balcony Bar website 1

After nearly 20 years of closure, the Theatre’s Balcony Bar has been fitted with ales on draught, and stocked with wines and confectionery, to help ensure you get your interval refreshments during our busy Panto season.

We have big things planned for this new space! Sign up to our e-newsletter to be the first to know of the new and exciting developments in store for Rotherham Theatres.

You can find the Balcony Bar is situated in the Box Office foyer and up the stairs, so next time you visit us, go on up take a look for yourself!

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