The Cast of Dick Whittington
David’s acting career started in the 1970s when he appeared as the Pantry Boy in Granada TV’s iconic series Brideshead Revisited. Since training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has gone on to work at many theatres up and down the country, both touring and in rep, appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim.
His most recent theatre work includes national tours of The Titfield Thunderbolt, You’re Only Young Twice and a theatre tour of Heartbeat, which he also co-wrote. He is a regular performer in the Uncle Eric musical comedies at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.
David has worked extensively on television and is best known for playing the role of David Stockwell in ITV’s long running drama series Heartbeat. He is one of few actors to have played three different roles on Coronation Street, having been Peter Barlow in the 1980s, a private investigator; and more recently Edwin Soames. David has appeared as policemen in more dramas than he cares to remember, including Inspector Morse, The Bill, The Chief and Rockliffe’s Babies, alongside roles in Casualty, Doctors and Welsh language drama series Cyw Haul amongst others. This year he has appeared in BBC 1’s Press and as con-man Glen Howell in ITV’s Emmerdale. When he was young and pretty, he appeared in over 30 TV advertising campaigns, both at home and abroad, and he is always delighted when people spot his small part in The Full Monty!
Recently David’s children were thrilled and amused when he was cast in a recurring role in Hollyoaks – they couldn’t believe he had been offered the part as they had thought that ‘only good looking, young people get on Hollyoaks!’ How wrong they were.
David is thrilled to be working back in Yorkshire for the first time since Heartbeat. This is his fourth time working with Imagine Theatre, having previously appeared in Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.
Sarah the Cook
Ian trained at Mountview Theatre School. His previous pantomime roles include: Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Maidenhead and Barnstaple); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Barnstaple); Muddles in Snow White (Clacton) and Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk (Above the Stag).
Ian played the lead role of Michael in an acclaimed revival of the classic American play The Boys in the Band at the Park Theatre in London and then on tour around the UK. He subsequently reprised the role when the show transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End and for his performance received a Best Actor nomination in the Whatsonstage awards, alongside Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen, and Jamie Parker.
Other theatre credits include: Horace Walpole/Oliver in Hogarth’s Progress (Rose Theatre, Kingston); multiple roles in Noël Coward’s cycle of short plays Tonight at 8:30 (Jermyn Street); William Shakespeare in Foul Pages (Hope Theatre); Jack the Elder in Tumulus (Vaults Festival); the Nurse in Outings (Lyric Theatre); Perkins in The Last King of Scotland (RADA Festival); Rev. Tooker in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd); Alan Turing in Lovesong of the Electric Bear (Arts Theatre/Hope Theatre); Astolfo in Alcina (Festival Aix en Provence); Colin Henderson in The Vote (Donmar Warehouse); Jimmy the Bins in Great Britain (National Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Duke of Cornwall in King Lear (Cockpit); Tim Dunn in Blavatsky’s Tower (Baron’s Court); Sordo in Scenes From an Execution (National Theatre); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (J2/Southwark Playhouse); Lydie-Anne in Lilies (Greenwich); Bill Taylor in Donkeys’ Years (UK tour); Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (Jermyn Street); Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Antic Disposition); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour); Trinculo in The Tempest (Wimbledon); Carmen (Holland Park Opera); Toad in Toad of Toad Hall (Eye Theatre); Zeke in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Battersea Arts Centre) and two seasons with the Covent Garden Festival in Trial By Jury.
His television roles include: Alan-a-Dale in the Doctor Who episode Robot of Sherwood, and Moriarty’s barrister, Mr Crayhill, in Sherlock. Other TV appearances include: The Crown, Poirot, An Adventure in Space and Time, Hustle, Doctors, Crooked House, The First Men in the Moon, Where the Heart Is, Marple, Crisis Control, The Worst Journey in the World, Ideal, Global Conspiracy and Suburban Shootout.
On film, he has appeared in The Dark Room, Personal, and plays Sir Richard Knightley in the recently released Mary, Queen of Scots.
Radio credits include: Nebulous and Murder Every Monday for Radio 4, and numerous appearances for Big Finish Productions including: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, Doctor Who, Sapphire and Steel and The Tomorrow People.
He was a script associate on two episodes of ITV’s Poirot and co-wrote a third: The Big Four.
After graduating from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Nathan has mainly tried to concentrate his efforts on studying to be a hero: to possess ultimate strength; to obtain a magical red cape capable of allowing the beholder to fly around the world with super speed; to track missing animals or people using just his terrific spy gear; to be the top cat who can slip under a blanket and appear invisible when an enemy is close by… Ultimately, one who saves the world from an evil person(s) threatening to do bad stuff. This is what comes to mind when the word “hero” arises, but in Nathan’s opinion, a hero is something more. It is someone who is able to make a difference in other people’s lives; someone who can make the most of their situation and make it huge. To make those around them fear no more but make them laugh, clap, cheer and dance a little. Maybe those are the people who can and should be called true heroes. Like Charlie Chaplin, Kermit the frog, the Chuckle Brothers, Victoria Wood, Lionel Messi, Mr Tumble, Mel & Sue, Ed Sheeran, Usain Bolt, Paul Zerdin, Willy Wonka, Maya Angelou, Doctor Who, Stephen Hawkin, Harry Potter, Sean Bean and Chase from Paw Patrol.
Nathan’s numerous theatre credits include: Michael in Chocolate Cake (Polka Theatre); Buttons in Cinderella (Imagine Theatre); James in James and the Giant Peach (Polka Theatre); Little John in Robin Hood (Millfield Arts); Willy Do-it in Beauty and the Beast and Wishee Washee in Aladdin both also for Imagine Theatre; the Robot in My Brother the Robot (Tall Stories); Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (Beckham Unicorn Productions); Joe in This Way Up (Theatre Lark and Hull Truck); Billy in The Snowdragon (Tall Stories); Leon in Leon and the Place Between (Cahoots NI); Stingy in Lazy Town Live (Fiery Angel).
Nathan’s TV and film credits include: Stingy and other voices for Lazy Town (CBeebies) and Prince Otto in Genie in the House (Nickleodeon).
Ashley is delighted to be playing the role of Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington with some old and new panto chums in Rotherham this year! No stranger to pantomime, Ashley loves working with Imagine, which she counts as one of the highlights of her year. This will make her sixth Imagine pantomime. Previous roles include playing the Princess in Aladdin three times for Imagine at The Victoria Theatre Halifax, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre and The Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy. She has also played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Adam Smith Theatre, and The Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax. She is excited to be back in beautiful Yorkshire once again!
Ashley’s talents lie not only in performing but in creating and developing theatre. This year she was privileged to help bring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon to Stoke-on-Trent and develop her own performing arts classes across Staffordshire. She has also continued to work corporately as an actress and simulated patient for Keele University Medical School.
For many years Ashley has toured the UK, for several companies. She originated the role of Granny Bucket in My Pet Monster and Me for Blunderbus Theatre Company. Working with Blunderbus again took Ashley to Switzerland with another tour, Dotty the Dragon. Other touring highlights include Faustus which started out at the Edinburgh Fringe, From Eden to Eternity, Heroes of History and An Angel’s Delight all for Saltmine Theatre company.
Recent credits include: Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre (Halifax Comedy Festival); Operation Lockdown (Merlin Entertainments); reprising the title role in The Kidnap of Lady Victoria Sponge (Alton Towers); Stella in the new writing piece The Inn (Appetite/Potboiler Theatre). As well as her theatre in education roles for various companies.
Originally from Scotland, Ashley now lives in Stoke-on-Trent and loves finding opportunities to work with her husband, Director, Robert Marsden. They worked together last year at Stoke Rep, on United National Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, where she played the role of Vera Claythorne.
Here is a panto showbiz story… Ashley met her husband when playing The Princess in Aladdin at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax, Robert said to her one day,
“I want to be your Prince!”
In April they will Celebrate their fourth Wedding Anniversary, talk about happily ever after!
Ashley would like to thank Imagine for inviting her back once again and wishes everyone a fabulous Christmas season. She would also like to thank her husband and family for their continued support.
Ann is delighted to be back at The Civic after first appearing here as Little Red Riding Hood way back in 2000!
Since graduating from the Mountview Theatre School Ann has had a diverse career which includes in the theatre: Mrs Fazackerley in Carrie’s War (The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue and national tour); Sallie Gardiner in Little Women (The Duchess Theatre, West End); Tina, Candida and Maureen in Gertrude’s Secret (London and UK tour); The Lady in Our Funny Valentine (Mill Theatre); Cordelia in The Executive Lear (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Emilia in Othello (The Oxford Union); Hope in Home on the Range (Harrogate Theatre); Petula in Countess and Cabbages (Merlin Theatre, Frome); Cinderella in Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Margate); Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); Azuriel in Sleeping Beauty (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); So-Shi in Aladdin (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk (Newark); Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella (Grimsby Auditorium); and various roles in Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre as part of the inaugural year of the Halifax Comedy Festival.
Ann’s TV and film credits include: April Dawson in John Godber’s feature film Last Laugh; title roles in the short films Candida, Tina and 8 Percent and a guest appearance on ITV’s Emmerdale.
As well as a regular in the theatre and on screen, Ann has appeared in cabaret and as a guest vocalist on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2. Ann now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and 2 daughters Iris and Imogen and when not actively in front of a camera, spends much of her time co-producing TV and film projects with Visualize Films.
Paul studied at Motherwell college obtaining a B.A. in Acting and Performance.
Since graduating in 2014 Paul has performed across Scotland in a wide variety of shows. He has appeared across the Scottish independent film scene several times and has an exciting new film being released to festivals entitled Wild is the North where he is able to put his broadsword skills to use, in which he holds a distinction level certificate.
Over the past two years Paul has delighted both schools and care homes alike as he has played Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Harry Lauder in Harry Lauder Show, Baloo in The Jungle Book, Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain. This is not Paul’s first time in pantomime either as he has appeared as the petty and spiteful Senga the Ugly Step Sister at New Lanark in Sister Ella’s Slippers and toured as the arrogant and dastardly Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.
Recently Paul performed as the tragic figure of Dr Jekyll and his more nefarious counterpart Mr. Hyde in The Darker Side of Musicals at the Webster’s Theatre in Glasgow. This August Paul had the fantastic experience of performing and co-producing his own show at the international Edinburgh Fringe Festival entitled Puffin Island.
Paul is very excited to be working with Imagine theatre this year and looks forward to both delighting and terrifying audiences as the malevolent King Rat.
Tommy the Cat
Professional credits: The Peacock in Magic to Do Musical, Princess Cruises (Jeremy Rich); Dancer in Tropic Skincare convention event – Tropic Skincare (Stuart Rogers); Dancer in Sleeping Beauty for Qdos Entertainment (Michael Vivian); Extra in La Moda Shoe commercial – La Moda; hair model in Schwarzkopf Hair Model – Schwarzkopf (Karl Fox).
Professional training: The Urdang Academy – Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Credits while in training: Mabel Understudy in The Pajama Game (Bronagh Lagan); Dancer in MOVE IT (Paul Hack); Ethel in Footloose (Lisa Miller).
Alexis is excited to be performing in Dick Whittington and hopes everyone enjoys the show.