The Kitten’s out the Bag: Atomic Kitten star joins 911 frontman in panto at the Pomegranate
Posted: 10 May 2016 - by Christopher
A magic carpet tale of adventure is set to touch down in Chesterfield with two multi-million selling pop stars leading the line-up of the family favourite pantomime Aladdin this Christmas at The Pomegranate.
Atomic Kitten star and Celebrity Masterchef winner Liz McClarnon, will take to the stage as the stunning Princess Jasmine, while 911 frontman and star of the stage, Lee Brennan, will take on the title role as our hero Aladdin.
Liz is best known as one third of Britain’s most successful girl group of the noughties: Atomic Kitten. The group experienced phenomenal success, going on to have 15 singles reach the top 10 in the UK, including the number 1 hits Eternal Flame, The Tide is High and their biggest selling single Whole Again which sold over a million copies in the UK alone. The girls’ popularity led to global record sales of over ten million, chart success and sell out arena tours at home and throughout Asia and even a slot to perform at Buckingham Palace in front of a TV audience of millions for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2002.
After the girl group went their separate ways, Liz achieved chart success in her own right, landing a top 5 hit with her version of the classic Barbara Streisand song Woman in Love, which was produced for her by Bee Gee Robin Gibb.
Away from the music world, 2008 saw Liz back on our screens for an altogether different reason – swapping microphone for apron, she embarked on a new challenge when she entered Celebrity Masterchef. Five million people regularly saw her take on everyone and every challenge put in front of her, where her natural culinary ability and hard work helped secure her the title of Celebrity Masterchef 2008!
Cooking took Liz into the world of television, leading to regular appearances on panel shows and opening doors for her as a presenter. She has hosted the National Lottery for BBC1, interviewed the hottest names in music for MTV and fronted her own series for BBC3. Not forgetting her musical roots, Liz took to the stage in the lead female role in The War of the
Worlds starring opposite Jason Donovan and hit the road in the touring production of Legally Blonde where she starred as Paulette.
Fast forward to January 2013 and Liz was back with Atomic Kitten, starring in ITV2’s huge smash hit fly on the wall documentary The Big Reunion, which documented the real life ups and downs of being part of a reunited pop band. Watched by over two million people, an arena tour followed which saw Liz and the kittens perform to over 200,000 people along with bands Five, B*Witched, Blue, Liberty X and 911!
After joining forces for a smash hit tour of pop nostalgia, Liz is set to be reunited with fellow popstar Lee Brennan, the lead singer of hit boyband 911. Lee and the lads shot to fame with chart-topping hits such as A Night to Remember, Bodyshakin, Don’t Make Me Wait and A Little Bit More. The band’s debut album The Journey spent 17 weeks in the UK charts, was awarded a gold disc and even went 12 times platinum in Malaysia, such was their success and appeal.
Four more studio albums, including a Greatest Hits, and 14 singles kept the boys in the charts and the public eye from 1996 to 2000. As the millennium approached the hit-makers were one of just five acts in the decade to achieve 10 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK. The lads had become one of the biggest and most recognisable faces of the 90s pop scene, selling more than ten million records and playing to thousands in sell-out arena tours in the UK, and 70,000 people in Singapore alone on their tour of Asia.
Away from the group, Lee has clocked up years of experience on the stage. He has played to thousands in headline pantomime roles around the country, including four consecutive appearances as Peter Pan, and a headline role cutting loose on stage in Footloose, The Musical alongside stage star Maureen Nolan.
Liz and Lee will star in Aladdin at The Pomegranate Theatre from 2 December to 3 January 2017. Tickets are available from the theatre box office (01246 345 222) and online (www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk).
Just Announced: Soap Heartthrob to star in Panto at The Palace
Posted: 09 May 2016 - by Christopher
EastEnders actor, Dancing on Ice Champ and star of the West End stage, Sam Attwater, is set to appear at Redditch Palace Theatre in the classic family pantomime Beauty and the Beast.
Sam will play Gaston the local lothario and wooer of our heroine Belle.
Sam has been a regular fixture on our screens since his first foray into soap land in 2009.
After completing his professional training at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Sam landed his first TV gig playing Ricky in the popular Chester based soap Hollyoaks. Following a stint on the hit show, Sam became a regular on Eastenders, stepping onto the infamous Albert Square as the effortlessly cool East End bad boy and ladies’ man Leon Small. A student, who often bunked off school in favour of the boxing ring, Leon quickly earned a reputation as one of the square’s biggest womanizers, becoming involved in some of the soap’s biggest storylines in the process.
From the dramas of the East End to Dancing on Ice, Sam took part in the sixth series of the smash-hit skating show. Over the ten week series Sam rung up top scores with the all-star judging panel and the viewing public alike, going on to spin, arabesque and butterfly jump his way into the final where he and his partner Brianne performed The Bolero in front of Jane Torvil and Christopher Dean and over nine million viewers a home! They were crowned the winners of the popular programme with this final passionate performance winning them the hearts –and votes! - of the public! Due to Sam's success on the show he was invited back for the final 'All Stars' series in 2014 where he was paired with professional dancer Vicky Ogden. Finishing in fourth place their professional partnership came to a close but a whirlwind romance followed with the dancing pair tying the knot later that same year.
Among his many theatrical credits are leading performances in End of the Rainbow, Dreamboats and Petticoats, The Rocky Horror Show and Jason and the Argonauts to name just a few. With time spent treading the boards, in addition to his film work and a guest appearance in the popular ITV drama Mr Selfridge Sam has never been out of the limelight since he took his first steps onto the Hollyoaks set!
Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I am thrilled to have such a talented and accomplished actor taking the lead at the Palace Theatre. His years of showbiz experience will bring flair to this fabulous festive production.”
Beauty and the Beast opens on Monday 5th December and plays till Saturday 31st December 2016. Tickets are available now from the box office (01527 65203) and online (www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk).
Just Announced: Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall to charm Cinderella!
Posted: 26 Apr 2016 - by Christopher
Carriageworks Theatre audiences are set to be charmed this Christmas when musical heart-throb and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall takes on a princely role in Leeds’ traditional pantomime Cinderella running from 2 December 2016 – 7 January 2017.
Jai fast became a firm favourite with millions in the popular talent contest, winning a legion of fans for his powerhouse vocals and unique classical renditions of pop hits. Branded ‘one to watch’ and the ‘dark horse’ of the competition by star judge Amanda Holden, Jai successfully sang his way into the live final. He took to the stage for the final time in front of 13 million viewers with an emotional rendition of the Josh Groban’s hit “To Where You Are.” His powerful vocal secured his victory, scooping him a cool £100,000 prize along with a coveted slot at the 2011 Royal Varity Performance.
Following his victory he took centre stage on The Britain’s Got Talent tour, playing to thousands at some of the biggest venues around the country. Having made his mark as a strong vocalist and performer, Jai signed to Simon Cowell’s music label Syco and released a debut album Believe that was well received by fans and critics alike.
Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said “Following on from a record breaking run of Aladdin last year I am thrilled to have Jai joining Leeds panto legend Jez Edwards in what is already shaping up to be a stellar cast of sensational talent. Jai’s charm and amazing vocal talents and Jez’s warmth and comedy capers will ensure this production of Cinderella is a truly magical festive experience for all the family.”
Jai McDowall said “Panto is such an amazing family tradition at Christmas and I can’t wait to play a part in all the fun. I’m so excited about teaming up with Jez and playing in the heart of Leeds which always has some of the best and most lively audiences in the country!” Cinderella’s carriage and all the cast call at Carriageworks Theatre from Friday 2 December to Saturday 7 January 2016.
Tickets start at just £10. Full listings and prices can be found online www,carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
Former model and Emmerdale star wafts into Bridlington for some wickedness this Christmas!
Posted: 23 Mar 2016 - by Christopher
Paul Holman Associates and The Spa Bridlington are delighted to announce that Lorraine Chase will headline this year’s pantomime performing the role of Wicked Queen in their 2016 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Lorraine has been a household name since the 1970s when she starred in a series of drinks commercials; bringing the phrases, “Nah, Luton Airport” and “Nice ‘ere innit?” into common use and scoring 41st place in the nation’s all-time favourite commercials.
Now with a distinguished career; she is most associated with the role of ex-convict, Stephanie Forsythe in Emmerdale. She was prominent in many controversial storylines until, in November 2006, her character was sentenced to life in jail.
Lorraine also appeared as Dolly Clothespeg in the ITV series Wurzel Gummidge and was a regular contestant on Blankety Blank. More recently she has been seen in the BBC’s Doctors and My Family and is probably most memorable to a younger audience when she parachuted 12,000 feet into the jungle for I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
This wasn’t the first daredevil feat she had attempted. She has completed a free-fall from a helicopter and light aircraft, abseiled and parachuted with the British Army from a Hercules and flown a Hawk jet with the Royal Air Force.
Legendary comedy writers Dick Clements and Ian La Frenais, famous for The Likely Lads, Porridge and Lovejoy amongst many others, wrote the comedy series The Other ‘Arf specifically for Lorraine. It ran for four seasons and was followed by Lame Ducks, which also starred John Duttine and Brian Murphy.On stage, Lorraine has appeared in west end productions of Me and My Girl and Run for Your Wife and toured the country as the lead in the box-office smash-hit musical Little Shop of Horrors. She has also toured with Pygmalion, Key for Two, The Late Edwina Black, Love Me Slender and as Lena Lamont in Singing in the Rain at Lincoln Theatre Royal.
Tickets for this family favourite pantomime are on sale now via www.TheSpaBridlington.com or at the box office on (01262) 678258.
Magic Maestro Michael makes his Return!
Posted: 03 Mar 2016 - by
After six years of making pantomime magic and mischief, comic, and all round showman Michael Otton is hoping it’s lucky number seven as he returns to The Spotlight, Hoddesdon. Michael will be flexing his magic muscles in everyone’s favourite family pantomime Cinderella, as everyone’s favourite panto character, the adorable Buttons!
Michael has built up a loyal fan base in Hoddesdon and the local area and in 2014 was named as the patron of performing arts school, The Vallé Academy. Michael said “I love pantomime in Hoddesdon. Every year I love bringing panto to life with new magician’s routines. The audiences are incredible and are always ready to participate and join in the fun of panto.”
Michael has brought seasonal revelry to thousands and has added extra sparkle to pantomimes with his energetic performances and stunning routines. He captivates audiences of all ages with magic and illusion, from thrilling escapology to mind-boggling prediction, always keeping comedy at the heart of his routines. Over the years, he has entertained audiences worldwide, working in theatres, resorts and also on board cruise ships. He also spent two years performing for Disney.
Over the years, he has worked with, and performed for, a variety of star names, including Kylie Minogue, Peter André, Victoria Beckham and Ant & Dec, and starred in an ITV documentary about his life as an entertainer.
He has picked up many awards along the way (including Entertainment Personality of the Year), performed magic live on BBC Radio Berkshire and has been featured in many national newspapers.
Pantomime producer Paul Holman said “I am thrilled to have Michael returning to Hoddesdon. His performances are packed with magic and excitement that set the perfect tone for pantomime.”
Don’t miss Michael in panto land from Wednesday 14 December until Friday 30 December 2016. Tickets are available from The Spotlight box office (01992 441946) and online (www.broxbourne.gov.uk/thespotlight).
Leeds legend Jez Edwards keeps the comedy coming!
Posted: 02 Mar 2016 - by Chris
It takes a very special comic to help Cinderella transform a pumpkin into a sparkling coach and mice into dazzling horses so pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates have called on the brilliant entertainer and funny man Jez Edwards to add extra sparkle to this glittering family show.
Fresh off the back of a successful panto season in Aladdin at Carriageworks Theatre which saw record breaking audience numbers, Jez is delighted to return for an 8th season and is grateful for the warm welcome he receives every year in panto. “I’d just like to say thank you for all your continued support, Leeds. You are ace and I love this place!”
With a rich and varied career, Jez has travelled the world, reporting on life’s more colourful characters for BBC’s Record Breakers; fronting BBC Manchester’s Inside Out; and reporting for Football Focus and Holiday. He started his television career at CITV, where he presented the live shows Sticky and Mashed, and was the game show host on the mind-twitching Crazy Cottage. Having made the move over to the Beeb, he presented over 200 editions of the live magazine show, Xchange.. He also spent two years presenting Channel 5’s entertainment show Exclusive.
Pantomime producer Paul Holman for Paul Holman Associates said
“I’m delighted to welcome Jez back to Leeds for his 8th consecutive pantomime run starring as everyone’s favourite character Buttons in the world’s most popular pantomime Cinderella. After years in the industry Jez is a great entertainer and will be sure to pack a perfect panto punch this Christmas.”
Jez will be in Leeds’ traditional pantomime Cinderella as Buttons at the Carriageworks Theatre from 2 December to 7 January 2017. Friday 2 December 2016 - Saturday 7 January 2017 Tickets: £10 - £19
Our new website is here!
Do take a look around...
Posted: 16 Nov 2015 - by Chris
You may have noticed our website has changed quite a bit and we hope you like it. You can find details of all our pantomimes for this year here and we will be adding lots more content to the site in the coming weeks, do check back.
Pantomime services at PHA
Posted: 10 Aug 2015 - by Chris
If you are looking for a production company to present a Christmas panto or bespoke show, please get in touch. You can read more about our panto services here.