Two television favourites are heading up the cast for this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal panto Sleeping Beauty – plus some regular faces also make a return and all are guaranteed to provide plenty of festive fun for families.
The panto will step back in time to the turn of the last century in a grand country house where Coronation Street actor and children’s television legend Derek Griffiths will be using his magical powers as Chortwood the butler to ward off the evil Dowager Aunt Vipera, played by EastEnders’ ‘Jean Slater’ Gillian Wright.
Griffiths is best-known to a generation of TV viewers for hosting classic children’s programmes Play School and Play Away, and more recently became a familiar face on small screen again for his portrayal of motor-bike loving and mild-mannered mechanic Freddie Smith on the Weatherfield ‘cobbles’. He first won the hearts of Norwich panto-goers 12 years ago when he appeared in the 2005-2006 Theatre Royal production of Peter Pan, playing Captain Hook.
Wright will be leaving the soap’s Albert Square and heading to Norfolk for her role as the panto baddie.
They both join seasoned Theatre Royal panto comedy double-act Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley. Richard is returning to Norwich once again as director, writer and panto dame and ‘housekeeper’ Mrs Midges for his 17th festive production in the city, teaming up for the fourth consecutive year with comedian and variety star Ben Langley as Muddles Midges, the ‘under-gardener’.
The cast is completed by Elizabeth Carter (recently seen at the Theatre Royal as the lead Laura in Dreamboats & Petticoats) as Sleeping Beauty/Patience Midges, while Glenn Adamson (who has spent the last two Christmases in panto at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre) will play her Prince/The Honourable Timothy Norbridge. Professional opera singer Stephen Godward will be bringing his rich vocals to the role of Lord Teddy Norbridge of Norbridge Abbey.
Gauntlett has promised Sleeping Beauty will deliver lots of traditional panto fun with all the usual Norwich Theatre Royal special twists including lots of water. “We will be getting very, very wet this year!” he said.
We have once again joined forces with Norwich Theatre Royal to give one lucky family the chance to win a family ticket (for two adults and two children) to see Sleeping Beauty on Friday, December 15, at 7.30pm.
To be in with a chance of winning this prize, just answer the question below:
What is the name of Gillian Wright’s EastEnders TV character?
Send your entry to: Sleeping Beauty Competition, Lynn News, 17 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JN. Closing date: Friday, December 8.
Tickets cannot be exchanged for seats for another show or a cash alternative. Usual Lynn News competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.
Tickets for Sleeping Beauty cost from £7-£24.50 from the box office on 01603 630000 or online at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk