Monday, 23 September 2013

Star studded Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs meets the press...

This was certainly a magical Monday, in fact my first Monday back in Birmingham after the summer holidays. I can say for certain now that with the panto to look forward to among the many other treasures that the Birmingham Hippodrome will be dishing out this year, I am ecstatic to be back! 

This morning it was revealed that Danielle Hope will be playing Snow White. Danielle was the winner of the BBC's Over the Rainbow, where the prize was to play the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Since then she has played Éponine in Les Misérables. Once again Danielle embarks on an adventure with some slightly unusual friends in her panto debut.

Playing the ever so handsome  prince is John Partridge. John has recently finished a run of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium  but is probably best known by fans of Eastenders as Christian. John was a judge on the BBC's Over the Rainbow, so our princess will be woken up by a friendly face. 

It seems very fitting that fashion guru, Gok Wan, should play the man in the mirror in this production. Gok is known for his fashion t.v. shows including, How to Look Good Naked, on Channel 4. Gok is so stylish that even his sense of humor is in fashion but even he is dazzled by the glitter and glam of his panto debut. 

The glamorously wicked queen is played by t.v. and film star Stephanie Beacham.  She has played numerous roles both in the U.K. and the U.S. but here she is mostly known for her roles in Dynasty and Bad Girls and has even made an appearance in Coronation Street.

It may not be his debut to panto but it is most certainly a first for Gary Wilmot to be wearing a dress as the pantomime dame! Indeed, he is no stranger to the stage as he has previously starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Goodbye Girl and Me and My Girl. This will certainly be a bit of a change for Gary!

Another familiar face in the world of panto, funny man and ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin takes on the role of Muddles in this year's show. He brings with him however, a small loveable friend, Sam (who will be making his panto debut, I must add). 

Not a stranger to panto at the Birmingham Hippodrome, comedian, Matt Slack, returns once again to play Odd Job. He has also been in Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre in London as well as Hot Flush! and Boogie Nights the 70s Musical. Matt is recognised as one of the country's leading panto comedians. 

All Photos taken by Lindsey Grant

Well I for one will be counting down the days now until opening night on Thursday 19th December 2013! I am very excited to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Birmingham Hippodrome this winter! 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from Thursday 19th December 2013 to Sunday 2nd February 2014. Prices range between £12 - £39 (with discounts for concessions). 

Make this your family outing! After all, what is Christmas without a panto? 
CLICK HERE to get your tickets now!

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