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.


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.


“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.