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Coronation Street actor to appear in panto at Newark's Palace Theatre

Coronation Street actor Nick Cochrane is to join the cast of Sleeping Beauty this festive season at Newark Palace Theatre.

Nick has played the recurring role of Andy McDonald for 20 years and said he is delighted to be swapping the cobblestones of Weatherfield for the Newark stage this Christmas as King Hugo.

“I love pantomime as it is great to perform in front of live audiences," Nick said.

"Television is wonderful but performing in front of a camera just is not the same or as rewarding the instant reaction you received from the live audience in theatre.

"Pantomime is also one of the best ways of getting the kids to visit a theatre for the first time.

"Pantomime has been around for such a long time, and I think the popularity of it lies in the fact that there is something for everyone - villains, heroes, good prevailing over evil, princes and princesses. comedy, slapstick etc.”

Sleeping Beauty will be Nick’s first visit to Newark, and his year leading up to pantomime is very busy.

“I’m currently playing Ginger Slater in a tour of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path.

"I’ve also just shot a new television show, which I can’t say much about yet but it was great fun to film and I think it will be out soon.

"Coronation Street fans can also see me twice daily on ITV in some classic episodes too, it’s great to see Andy McDonald and the rest of the family in their early days which were so much fun so I am pleased new audiences get to see that.

"Except for my kids, they just make fun of my hair and fashion sense. I keep telling them - It was cool then.”

Carys Coulton-Jones, business manager at the Palace Theatre, said: "I am delighted that Nick is joining our cast this year for Sleeping Beauty.

"It will be great to see such a familiar face move from the cobbles of Weatherfield to our stage at the Palace Theatre and we hope everyone will be excited to see him perform as King Hugo this Christmas."

Sleeping Beauty runs from Tuesday, December 10, to Saturday, January 4.

To book tickets call The Palace box office on 01636 655 755 or visit www.palacenewark.com

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