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The One and Only Chesney Hawkes to play Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Posted: 26 May 2017 - by Christopher Hall

This Christmas, pop legend, the one and only Chesney Hawkes is set to charm audiences of all ages as he plays the handsome Prince in Worthing Theatres and PHA’s family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1st December to 1st January.

The hitmaker was catapulted to fame in 1991, when aged 19 he played the lead in the film Buddy’s Song; a popular coming of age tale which featured a young Chesney juggling the teenage challenges of school and dating with the determination to become a world famous popstar.

Following the film, The One and Only was released from the soundtrack and became an instant hit at home and abroad, shooting to the top of the charts in the UK and making the top ten stateside. With five weeks spent at number one, the hit track became the twentieth most successful release of the 90s and has gone on to be the subject of numerous compilation albums, TV ads, TV theme music, film soundtracks and, now a student anthem, continues to top ‘Best pop song of the nineties’ polls.

Following the track’s release Chesney continued to enjoy success around the world, touring extensively and playing the festival circuit while also continuing to record fresh material, which led to chart recognition for seven more singles.

Away from the music world Chesney’s television appearances could form the basis of a slapstick comedy show but with added danger. Following his appearance on the Channel 4 show The Games he needed surgery on a hip injury. He put his dancing skills to the test on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and, looking pain and humiliation squarely in the eye, he signed up for ITV’s Sing if You Can where, being asked to sing while a fire roared around him, he narrowly escaped being burnt to death. He then accepted an invitation to join the cast of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, until just before filming started he went on to the ice on his own, breaking an ankle and ruling himself out of the show.

Chesney’s accident prone history was hilariously summed up in John Bishop’s Panto, the ITV comedy drama in which Chesney played the role of a member of the cast forever doing damage to himself. He did though manage to redeem himself by surviving Celebrity Masterchef 2015 unscathed, going on to make the semi-finals on the popular cooking challenge show.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I am delighted to have secured such a top showman as Chesney to play our dashing prince. He has firmly established himself as a brilliant performer with top vocals, dancing and stage presence among his many credits. Worthing has some of the liveliest audiences every Christmas and Chesney is the perfect performer to get everyone going. It will be a stellar production.”

Further casting is set to be announced for the pantomime over the next few weeks.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 1st December 2017 until Monday 1st January 2018. Tickets are available from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/.
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LISTING INFORMATION
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Date:   Friday 1 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018
Times: 10:15am, 2pm, 6pm, 7pm. (2 per day except 3 on Christmas Eve)
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX
Price:   From £12.50 to £24.50
Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

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Worthing Theatres Announce PHA as Producers for Snow White

Posted: 26 May 2017 - by Stephen Sheldrake

Following the success of their previous two collaborations, Cinderella and The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, Worthing Theatres today announced that Paul Holman Associates will be producing their 2017 pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Pavilion Theatre, from 1st December 2017 to 1st January 2018.

In 2015 Cinderella broke the record for highest pantomime sales at Worthing Theatres, with a production that recieved rave reviews and starred Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup, Dancing on Ice’s Matt Evers and boyband A1’s Mark Read.

The record was then smashed the following year as The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan became the highest selling and largest attended pantomime in the theatre’s history, having sold over 32,000 tickets in its 5 and a half week run. Among the cast was Richard McCourt, half of the Dick n’ Dom duo who were celebrating 20 years of performing together on television that year. X Factor finalists Amelia Lily and Lloyd Daniels adding strong vocals to the production, and comedian Patrick Monahan captured the audience’s attention as Captain Hook.

Last year Worthing Theatres and PHA held auditions and local children were able to apply for the parts of The Lost Boys, as well as the local Glendale Arts School providing dancers for the production. They also worked in collaberation with Northbrook College to produce a life sized Tinkerbell sculpture and costumes that were on display throughout the run in the Pavilion Cafe Bar, as well as annoucing Chestnut Tree House as their local charity partner, where they raised over £1000 across the run.

Producer Paul Holman says: “We are thrilled to be working with Worthing Theatres again to produce another show stopping family pantomime. Our brilliant reviews, audience feedback and growing box office success from year to year are testament to Worthing Theatres superb creative vision and ongoing commitment to high quality entertainment. With this year’s Snow White we are sure to deliver another sensational production with all the special effects, music, audience participation and comedy that audiences know and love in a great pantomime.”

Casting, audition opportunities and partnerships for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are to be announced over the next few weeks. For booking enquiries call the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 or click here.
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LISTING INFORMATION
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Date: Friday 1 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018
Times: 10:15am, 2pm, 6pm, 7pm. (2 per day except 3 on Christmas Eve)
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX
Price: From £12.50 to £24.50
Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
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A Hairy Biker to Star in the Harlequin Theatre’s Peter Pan

Posted: 12 May 2017 - by Christopher Hall

Dave Myers, known to millions as one half of the irresistibly popular TV duo the Hairy Bikers, will lead the cast of this year’s sparkling family pantomime, Peter Pan at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill from Friday 8th December. With years of entertaining the nation under his belt, the family favourite TV star is prepped to pack the perfect panto punch, as the ultimate panto baddie, Captain Hook!

Much loved for their irresistible enthusiasm, Dave Myers along with best buddy and TV partner in crime, Si King, have become popular fixtures on the small screen and national treasures in the process! Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, they have been cooking together for more than twenty years.

The dynamic duo have built up an extensive back catalogue including over 24 series across the BBC. The duo recently presented Chicken & Egg on BBC2, where they biked across Europe, the Middle East and America in search of the best chicken and egg recipes the Bikers cooked some of their favourite dishes for BBC1 series Comfort Food.

In addition to their TV work, The Hairy Bikers have written eighteen books to date including Perfect Pies, Big Book of Baking and Great Curries. Back in 2012, the guys shed more than six stone between them on Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight, leading to the launch of online-subscription based weight-loss club: The Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club. They are now excitingly releasing their 5th Hairy Dieters book Go Veggie out later this month.

Flying solo, Dave also fronted his own BBC1 show Operation People Power and became a firm fan favourite among Strictly Come Dancing viewers where he jived, paso dobled and quick stepped his way to week 7 of the popular dance contest. 

Dave Myers said: “Peter Pan is my favourite pantomime title and I have always dreamed of playing the devilishly naughty Captain Hook! It’s a role I can really get my teeth into – I can’t wait to show Redhill audiences what we have in store for them.”

Dave joins a trio of top talent as Redhill pantomime favourites Neil Wheatley, Simon Bashford, and Abigail Welford  are set to return following a record breaking run of Cinderella last year

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan runs at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill from Friday 8 December until Sunday 31 December. Tickets available from the box office on 01737 276 500 and online www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/pantomime/.

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Lowther Pavilion Announces New Pantomime Producer

Posted: 09 May 2017 - by Christopher Hall

The Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes are delighted to announce Paul Holman Associates will be the new producers of this year’s family favourite pantomime Dick Whittington. Initial casting has begun by the London based producers with news that pantomime veterans, father and son comedy duo Simmons and Simmons will play the hilarious pirates Captain and Mate with musical theatre performer Danny Rogers joining the line-up as Idle Jack. Further casting will be announced soon and tickets for the magical production, which runs from Friday 8 December to Saturday 30 December 2017, are on sale now!

Paul Holman Associates has produced over 350 pantomimes, musicals and children’s productions in its 25 year history and is now considered to be one of the UK’s leading producers in family entertainment. The company is highly regarded for its lavish scenery, spectacular storytelling and for its high quality storytelling which blends classic comedy and scripting with cutting edge comedy and choreography from some of the top names in show business.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I am thrilled to be presenting the annual pantomime at the beautiful Lowther Pavilion and promise a sensational pantomime with contemporary comedy, music and choreography in one of the most traditional and loved pantomime titles

“With father and son comedy duo Keith and Ben Simmons audiences will be wowed by stellar comedy routines and breath-taking showmanship. This season will actually mark Keith’s 48th pantomime appearance, Ben’s 17th and the duo’s 13th consecutive pantomime run together so audiences are guaranteed to be enchanted by their brilliant comedy capers.

“It is also with great pleasure that we welcome the brilliant stage performer Danny Rogers on board. With years of comedy experience  treading the boards among his many credits Danny is sure to pack the perfect pantomime punch as the loveable Idle Jack.

“With a talented line-up, glittering props and scenery and some superb music and choreography lined-up we are set to deliver a sensational pantomime which truly has something for everyone.”

Dick Whittington will be striding into the Lowther Pavilion this Christmas for a pantomime adventure paved in gold, packed with comedy capers and polished off with all the winning ingredients audiences know and love in pantomime.

Alongside our handsome hero is a host of colourful characters waiting to entertain and enthral you all!

Sarah the Cook will be dishing out huge helpings of comedy aided and abetted by the loveable Idle Jack, who will both join Dick, Tommy the Cat and the Captain on the good ship Saucy Sal as they set sail to discover unfound treasures.

Shipwrecked in Morocco, Dick and Tommy the Cat will need to come to the rescue of the Sultan but with a dastardly King Rat ducking, diving and conniving, it will take all of Tommy’s prowess to rid the country of rats.

Will Dick then make it back to London and become Lord Mayor? Will he find true love in the arms of Alice? Maybe with a little sprinkling of magic and sparkle from Fairy Bow Bells our pantomime adventure will have the happy ever after ending it deserves!

Tickets are available now from the box office (01253 794 221) and online (www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk).              

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