Duration: Approx 2hrs 30mins
Panto casting is far from a Casualty as 3D magic comes to Mansfield!
Described by one customer as ‘a great place to bring children for their first taste of live theatre’, Mansfield Palace know how important it is to get the right mix of ingredients for their annual pantomime. Take a pinch of fairy-tale and add a splash of song and dance; stir in some comedy and garnish with magic. The result is a delicious show that has families flocking back in their thousands each Christmas.
The town’s premier entertainment venue is delighted to announce the full star-studded line up who will be whisking you away to a land of giants in Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas, plus there is an extra special treat for those who book tickets as the show will include 3D effects to bring certain aspects of the performance even closer to them!
“A major part of the magic of pantomime is to be found in the special effects. This is the first time our audiences will be wowed by 3D and we can’t wait to experience the excited reaction of our crowds” – Andrew Tucker, Cultural Services Manager
Many of you will remember Rebecca Wheatley (pictured) as receptionist Amy Howard from Casualty, but did you know she is also an incredible singer? She scored top ten singles with Everlasting Love and Stay with me Baby in 1998 and 2000 respectively, as well as recording the album Where Time Stands Still.
Rebecca has livened up shows such as Loose Women where she was a regular presenter and can currently be seen as a guest presenter on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, where she is happy to give her opinion on any subjects that may pop up!
Rebecca has starred in many national touring productions including the sell-out one woman show, Big Pants and Botox, which came to Mansfield Palace Theatre in 2011. She has also starred on the West End stage, in musicals such as Fame and Bad Girls. She recently appeared with Bryn Terfel in Fiddler on the Roof, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from the Royal Albert Hall. She tells us she is excited to return to Mansfield, playing the role of Vegetable Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk this year:
“Acting, singing, presenting, it’s all telling stories. I love to tell stories. Panto is absolutely the one thing that you have to do every Christmas, it’s tradition. There will be lots of surprises and the show will have heart, fun and games - I think we all need a bit of that!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mansfield pantomime without a dame! The Palace Theatre is excited to welcome Craig Ansell to join its ranks of painted faces and outrageous costumes as Dame Trott. Craig is known for taking traditional characters and providing his own unique spin on them – producing a character whose life would be believable in today’s theatrical productions. Not only an actor that has a longstanding background in cabaret, stand-up comedy, musicals and theatre, Craig is also an accomplished story teller who is able to enchant the audience into becoming part of the magic of panto:
“Poisoned apples, rusty old lamps, ticking crocodiles and gargantuan beanstalks do not compare to two shows a day in heels… and Cinderella thought she had issues!”
Rebecca and Craig join previously announced stars Mark Little and Adam Moss, as well as more than 33,000 pairs of 3D glasses, so with over 56% of tickets already sold, we predict another near sell-out production by our local theatre.
Comedian Adam Moss returns to Mansfield for a third time due to overwhelming customer demand, this time taking on the role of Simple Simony. He promises us…
“…more madness and Mossy mayhem! I am really thrilled to be coming back to such a lovely place as Mansfield Palace Theatre to spend time with the incredible audiences and staff there.”
Mark – who is most well-known for his role as Joe Mangel in Neighbours – will be playing the character you love to hate, Fleshcreep, telling us:
“I like playing the baddy but will be more nutty than scary. I want the kids to have banter with me without being terrified!”