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Fe-fi-fo-fum - get ready for some panto fun! As LHK Productions announce that leading the all-star cast for their Easter panto, Jack and The Beanstalk, will be Liverpool’s own Ray Quinn.

 

This egg-cellent production will be scaling new heights at The Epstein Theatre from Thursday 29 March – Sunday 8 April and tickets are on-sale now.

 

Multi-talented singer, dancer and actor, Ray first came to attention in 2000 playing Anthony Murray on Channel 4’s Brookside, and won the hearts of the nation in 2006 on ITV’s The X Factor where he went all the way to the final, finishing runner-up.

 

Following the success of The X Factor, Ray’s debut album Doing It My Way entered the charts at number 1, selling over 300,000 copies without even releasing a single.

 

He then skated to victory not once, but twice on the ITV show Dancing On Ice first as Series 4 champion in 2009, and then again on the All Stars series in 2014.

 

No stranger to the theatre stage, Ray has appeared in some of the biggest hit shows including Grease, Dirty Dancing and Legally Blonde and most recent, in the UK tour of the smash musical The Wedding Singer starring as Glen.

 

On joining the cast, Ray Quinn said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be coming home to Liverpool and appearing on The Epstein stage. There is no better feeling than playing to an audience in your home town! Panto is great fun, I always have a great time and I can’t wait to be back. I’ll see you at Easter Liverpool!”

 

LHK Productions Managing Director Lee Kelly added: “We are delighted to have cast Ray as Jack for our Easter panto. He is a local lad, audiences from Liverpool know and love him! He is a true professional, and has appeared in some of the UK’s biggest stage shows, so I know he will be a great addition to the show!”

 

Jack and the Beanstalk is the tallest of gloriously tall panto tales, telling the story of hapless hero Jack who swaps the family cow for a bag of beans.

 

With a beanstalk reaching the heavens, golden geese and hungry giants, this show really is too big to miss.

 

The full cast who will be joining Ray tell this epic tale will be announced in the coming months, so watch this space!

 

 

Be sure to join LHK Productions and The Epstein Theatre this Easter for Liverpool’s best value panto, with tickets starting from just £11.

 

 

Tickets online www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

LIVERPOOL’S RAY QUINN ANNOUNCED TO STAR IN JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

THE GIANT PANTO COMING TO THE EPSTEIN THEATRE FOR EASTER 2018

Cast Announced for Wrexhams Fairytale Pantomime!

 

A former Eastenders heartthrob and a reality TV star are set to inject some magic into Wrexham’s annual

festive pantomime.

 

Tony Discipline, best known for playing Tyler Moon in the BBC soap, and Mark Bryon, ex-Big Brother housemate,

have today been confirmed as the headline stars in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is being performed

at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhosllanerchrugog, from December 9-31.

 

Soap hunk Tony will make his pantomime debut starring as Prince Charming, while Mark will star in the production

as the magical Fairy Godfather, after proving a fans’ favourite when he starred as the Slave of the Ring in Aladdin

at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool last Christmas.

 

Tony said he’s excited ahead of making his panto debut in North Wales.

 

He said: “I can’t wait to be making my stage debut in panto. I’ve seen so many former Eastenders stars perform in

pantomime over the years, so to finally get the chance myself is brilliant, especially in beautiful North Wales, and such a historic and unique theatre.

 

“Panto is all about that festive feel-good factor, and making people smile, so I’m really excited to be a part of that. I know it will be a great laugh with all my fellow cast-members and the people of Wrexham.”

 

Having played Slave of the Ring last year, Mark says he’s looking forward to trying his hand at a different role this time around.

 

He said: “Playing the Fairy Godfather will be great fun, it’s all about magic and making people’s wishes come true, which I hope I’ll do for the people of Wrexham this year.

 

“I can’t wait to get started working with this talented cast. Every year the pantomime at the Stiwt is renowned for getting better each time, and I know this year will be no exception, except this year I’ll be a part of it.”

 

As well as Tony and Mark being new faces to the Wrexham panto-scene, familiar faces Charlotte Knowles and Michael Jenkins will be making their return to the festive production, with Charlotte playing the leading role of Snow White, and Michael starring as the Henchman, while also directing the pantomime.

 

This will be the eighth year Liverpool-based LHK Productions have produced the Christmas pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre.

 

Lee Kelly, producer of the pantomime and managing director of LHK Productions, said: “We’re delighted to have cast Tony and Mark in this year’s Wrexham pantomime, as well as casting Charlotte and Michael, who audiences have loved in recent years.

 

“I can assure the people of Wrexham, this year’s pantomime is going to be the biggest and best yet. We can’t wait.”

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be at the Stiwt Theatre from December 9-31, with matinee and evening performances.

 

Tickets can be purchased via www.stiwt.com or by telephoning 01978 841300.

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ANCHORS AWAY!

SET SAIL FOR EPSTEIN THEATRE THIS CHRISTMAS AS PANTO CAST LAUNCH PETER PAN

PRODUCERS ALSO ANNOUNCE OPEN AUDITIONS

 

 

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LOVE ISLAND & CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER TO STAR IN WREXHAM PANTO!

 

A Love Island star turned Celebrity Big Brother contestant will make his panto debut playing the lead role in Wrexham’s annual festive pantomime.

 

Jonny Mitchell, who rose to fame in the Love Island villa, has been confirmed as the headline star in Jack and the Beanstalk, which is being performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, this December.

 

Fresh from a stint on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, Jonny says he is excited to make his panto debut in Wrexham, playing hapless but loveable hero Jack.

 

Jonny said: “I’m buzzing to be making my panto debut, especially as I’ll be performing in beautiful North Wales.“Pantomime and performing as a whole is all completely new to me, it’s something a little out of my comfort zone but I’m looking forward to putting my all into it and learning the ropes.“Panto is all about fun and making people laugh, so I’m delighted that I’ll be a part of that.”

 

Jack and the Beanstalk tells the story of Jack, who swaps the family cow for a bag of beans. With a beanstalk reaching the heavens, golden geese and hungry giants, this show will be one that is too big to miss.This will be the ninth year Liverpool-based LHK Productions have produced the much-loved Christmas pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre.

 

Lee Kelly, managing director of LHK Productions, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have cast Jonny in this year’s Wrexham pantomime. Jonny’s well known to many for his time in the Love Island villa and Big Brother house, so it’ll be good to see him give the Stiwt Theatre stage a go in panto. “Our Wrexham pantomime has an extremely strong reputation, every year we put on a magical show and every year it gets bigger and better, and this year will be no exception.”

 

Jack and the Beanstalk will be at the Stiwt Theatre from 8th Dec - 31st Dec, with matinee and evening performances.

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FROM QUEEN OF CLEAN TO WICKED QUEEN

KIM WOODBURN TO STAR IN SNOW WHITE AT THE EPSTEIN THEATRE

MEDIUM DEREK ACORAH AND RADIO CITY 2’S CLAIRE SIMMO ALSO ANNOUNCED

 

The cast of this year’s Christmas panto from LHK Productions will certainly scrub up well as

producers today announce that The Queen of Clean, How Clean is Your House? star Kim

Woodburn will appear as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

Coming to the Epstein Theatre Liverpool, this festive holiday season from Fri 7 Dec ’18 – Wed 2

Jan ’19, the cast also includes renowned spiritual medium Derek Acorah; Radio City 2’s Claire

Simmo; the hilarious Lewis Pryor; and everyone’s favourite dame – Michael Chapman.

 

Further casting will be announced shortly.

 

Television presenter and expert cleaner, Kim Woodburn is best known for presenting Channel 4

show How Clean Is Your House? from 2003-2009, which also led to a Canadian version called

Kim’s Rude Awakenings from 2007-2009.

 

The television personality has also remained a household name with appearances on the ninth series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! finishing runner up in 2009, and entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as a housemate on the nineteenth series in 2017 where she made it to the final and finished in third place.

 

Britain’s best loved and most entertaining medium, Derek Acorah, will be using his psychic ability to declare who is the fairest of them all as he appears as the Magic Mirror via the power of video projection.

 

The Liverpool born star is most notable for his work on British paranormal reality television series Most Haunted from 2002-2005. He has since starred in numerous tv shows including Derek Acorah’s Quest For Guy Fawkes and Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns. He also competed in the twentieth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 finishing in fourth place.

 

She brought lots of sparkle and magic to Easter’s Jack and the Beanstalk as Fairy Moonbeam, and now one of the city’s best loved radio hosts - voice of the airwaves, Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo is back this Christmas as the Fairy.

 

Britain’s Got Talent star Lewis Pryor storms back on the Epstein stage after taking audiences on a highflying adventure to Neverland last Christmas as Peter Pan, who returns as Muddles.

 

The young star finished 3rd place during the live finals of the 2016 series of the ITV show with dance troupe Boogie Storm. No stranger to the Liverpool stage, Lewis is currently training at Jelli Studios and has previously studied at Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre and the Jennifer Ellison Fame Academy.

 

Michael Chapman never fails to have audiences rolling in the aisles laughing and he is certain to keep everyone on their toes with his hilarious comedy antics as he makes a welcome return as Liverpool’s favourite Dame.

 

LHK Productions Managing Director Lee Kelly said: “I am absolutely delighted with this year’s cast! I am so excited to be working with Kim Woodburn – she will bring her feisty personality to the role of the Wicked Queen and I know audiences will love her; and home-grown talent Derek Acorah is one of the nation’s best-known mediums and will be a fantastic addition to the cast as the Magic Mirror.

 

“There are also some returning favourites with Claire Simmo who is always a pleasure to work with, the hilarious Lewis Pryor, and of course no LHK production would be complete without Michael Chapman.

 

“We are back this Christmas better than ever before! 2017’s Peter Pan was our biggest year to date and 2018’s Snow White promises to be even bigger. With this phenomenal cast and plenty more tricks up our sleeves Liverpool audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas, so be sure to book your tickets fast!”

 

A timeless tale and one of the nation’s favourite pantomimes, follow the story of the beautiful princess Snow White, as she tries to escape the clutches of her evil step mother, who’s one aim is to become ‘the fairest of them all’.

 

After fleeing the Kingdom to escape the Wicked Queen’s evil plans Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarfs living in the forest.

 

Complete with wonderful songs and choreography as well as poisoned apples, magic mirrors and of course that much loved panto magic, Snow White will have audiences on the edge of their seat.

 

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s off to the Epstein we go this Christmas! Tickets online www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

 

Please Note: Kim Woodburn will not be appearing in any of the 10am performances.

 

 

PANTO LISTING:

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Date: Friday 7 December ’18 – Wednesday 2 January ’19

Times: Vary

Tickets: Opening Night Ticket Offer: Fri 7th Dec All Tickets £13

 

             

SPECIAL OFFER: Wed 26 Dec, 5pm & Mon 31 Dec, 5:30pm – All Tickets £15

Sat and Sun performances and Mon 31 Dec 1pm, Tue 1 Jan and Wed 2 Jan:

Adult £19.50/ Concession £17.50/ Family £65

 

All other performances: Adult £18.50/ Concession £16.50/ Family £63

Limited number of £11 tickets available on all performances from Fri 7 – Mon 10 December.

 

                     

 

*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy

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Wrexham’s Giant of a Christmas Pantomime

 

 

A Welsh reality television star will swap the party scene for the theatre stage as he takes on the

leading role in Wrexham's annual Christmas pantomime.

 

Jordan Davies, best known for his role as a rep on ITV2's The Magaluf Weekender and its

successor Ibiza Weekender, has been confirmed as the headline performer in 'Jack and the

Beanstalk', which is being performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, from December 8-31

 

Having performed as the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool last

year, Jordan is no stranger to the panto world but admitted he was feeling nervous ahead of taking

on his first lead role.

 

He said: "Being on a reality show is much different to being on stage in a pantomime, it's two very

different worlds but I enjoy being part of both.

 

"Although I've performed in pantomime before, I do know I've got a challenge on my hands, starring

as the title character. I can't be a naughty boy, which is what people will expect of me! I've got to

knuckle down, especially as I'll be singing this time."

 

The 26-year-old has also appeared on Ex on the Beach and competed as a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother.

 

This autumn, Jordan will also be appearing on The Weekender Boat Party, taking the 9pm slot  on ITV2.

 

Originally from Cardiff, Jordan says he's looking forward to performing to a Welsh audience.

 

He said: "I've heard good things about The Stiwt, I know Wrexham people are good fun, as I've got some friends from the area, and they'll be coming along to support me, which is brilliant.

 

"I'm looking forward to getting started and getting in the festive spirit. Christmas is the best time of the year, everyone's spirits are high, and that's what panto is all about."

 

This will be the ninth year Liverpool-based LHK Productions have produced the Christmas pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre.

 

Lee Kelly, producer of the pantomime and managing director of LHK Productions, said: “It's a pleasure to announce Jordan as our headline star in this year's pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

"Everyone who watches our panto at The Stiwt always has a brilliant time, and this year's will be no exception. I guarantee Wrexham is in for a treat with Jack and the Beanstalk."

 

Jack and the Beanstalk will be at the Stiwt Theatre from December 8-31, with matinee and evening performances.

 

Tickets can be purchased via www.stiwt.com

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WE’RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD AT THE EPSTEIN THEATRE THIS EASTER

 

X-FACTOR’S SEAN SMITH AND LOLA SAUNDERS SET TO STAR AS FULL CAST CONFIRMED FOR LHK PRODUCTIONS’ PANTO

 

Producers today announce the full cast that will take audiences over the rainbow in LHK Productions’ wizardly wicked Easter panto The Wizard of Oz, coming to The Epstein Theatre this April.

 

Head down the yellow brick road with two X-Factor favourites; Sean Smith who stars as Tin Man and Lola Saunders as Dorothy, when this production comes to the Hanover Street venue from Thursday 11 – Monday 22 April.

 

The full cast also includes Greatest Hits Radio Liverpool’s Claire Simmo; Liverpool favourite Lindzi Germain; the hilarious Lewis Pryor; and everyone’s favourite Dame, Michael Chapman.

 

As one half of pop duo Same Difference, Sean Smith made it through to the final of the fourth series of ITV’s X Factor in 2007, later embarking on the show’s UK arena tour.

 

Their debut single We R One shot in to the Top 15 of the charts shortly followed by the album POP, which was certified Gold in the UK. No stranger to the theatre stage, Sean played the title role in LHK’s 2016 production of Aladdin and most recently starred in the Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You as Britney Spears.

 

Whilst another X Factor finalist, Lola Saunders made it through to the live rounds of the hit ITV show in 2014 as judge Cheryl’s Wild Card.

 

She has since gone on to star in Bill Kenwright’s UK touring production of Save The Last Dance For Me, as well as panto productions of Cinderella in the title role at Tyne Theatre, Newcastle and Princess Jill in Jack and The Beanstalk at Forum Theatre, Billingham.

 

The glitziest fairy in all the land and one of the city’s best loved radio hosts, Greatest Hits Liverpool’s Claire Simmo is back on the Epstein stage this Easter, bringing a sprinkling of magic to audiences as Glinda.

 

She soaked up all the boos and hisses playing the evil Fleshcreep in 2018’s Jack and the Beanstalk, and now the sensational Lindzi Germain returns as Lion.

 

The Liverpool actress and writer is a favourite across the city and Lindzi has appeared in countless productions including Bon Voyage at The Epstein Theatre; Scouse Cinderella and The Royal at The Royal Court Liverpool; and The Ale House at Liverpool Grand Central.

 

Lewis Pryor delighted audiences with his performance as Muddles at Christmas, and this Easter the Britain’s Got Talent star is set to appear as Scarecrow.

 

The young star finished third place during the live finals of the 2016 series of the ITV show with dance troupe Boogie Storm. Lewis recently graduated from Jelli Studios Theatre Arts College and has previously studied at Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre and the Jennifer Ellison Fame Academy.

 

Liverpool’s favourite Dame, the hilarious Michael Chapman never fails to have theatre-goers rolling in the aisles laughing. Back in what will mark his twenty first show with LHK Productions, audiences should get their best boos at the ready as he fly’s in on his broom as The Wicked Witch.

 

LHK Productions Managing Director Lee Kelly said: “We are all very excited to be back at The Epstein Theatre for another brilliant panto production this Easter, and I am delighted to finally reveal the cast to you all. It is fantastic to welcome Sean back after his sensational performance as Aladdin in 2016. Lola is a remarkable performer and I know our audiences will absolutely love her, and Lindzi was a brilliant baddie in Jack and the Beanstalk so it is great to bring her back this year.

 

“There are also some returning favourites with Claire Simmo who is always a pleasure to work with, the hilarious Lewis Pryor, and of course no LHK production would be complete without Michael Chapman.”

 

Embark on an adventure from Munchkin Land to Emerald City this Easter and join Dorothy, Toto and new friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they journey to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 

This classic tale will be magically reimagined on stage in LHK’s sensational panto production.

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Beauty & the Beast comes to Wrexham this Easter

 

 

A former Eastenders actor will star in Wrexham's first Easter pantomime - Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

Matt Lapinskas, who played Anthony Moon in the BBC soap, has been announced as the headline performer, as he will be starring as Gaston in the Easter pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham.

 

The Stiwt Theatre's Easter pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, will run from Thursday 18 - Monday 22 April.

 

Matt, also of Dancing on Ice fame, follows in the footsteps of Tony Discipline - his onscreen brother in Eastenders - who also performed at the historic Wrexham theatre in the venue's festive pantomime in 2017, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

No stranger to the world of pantomime, Matt has starred in more than half a dozen pantomimes.

 

His most recent panto offering was Stevenage's production of Snow White, which ended in January, and is currently in the running for two major awards in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards.

 

Matt said he's looking forward to the rehearsals for Wrexham's Easter production getting underway.

 

He said: "I can't wait for rehearsals to get started and to meet my castmates. I feel like a bit of a panto veteran now, so I'm hoping audiences appreciate what I bring to North Wales.

 

"From speaking to my old on-screen brother, Tony (Discipline), he's told me I'm in for a real treat. He loved his run in Wrexham and the people and the places locally. I've never been to North Wales before, so I can't wait to perform and get to know the area a bit better."

 

Starring alongside Matt include leading lady Rebecca Roberts as Belle; Wrexham pantomime favourite Kyle Corrin as French Luis; much loved Wrexham performers, James Humphreys as the Beast; and Rob Stevens as Dame Dolly Doughnut.

 

The pantomime will be brought to Wrexham by Liverpool-based LHK Productions, who have produced the theatre's Christmas pantomime for the past decade.

 

Lee Kelly, managing director of LHK Productions, said: “I'm thrilled to announce Matt as our headline star in our first Easter pantomime. He's no stranger to pantomime and I know our loyal Wrexham audience will love him.

 

"As with our Christmas panto, Wrexham is in for a real treat. It's gonna be a fantastic show.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased via www.stiwt.com or by telephoning 01978 841300.

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