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Pantomime Sleeping Beauty launched at Newark Palace Theatre for three weeks

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Rise and shine, it’s pantomime time in Newark. Sleeping Beauty launches at the Palace Theatre tonight (Tuesday) for a three-week run.

It will star former Coronation Street actor Nick Cochrane as King Hugo.

Nick has played the recurring role of Andy McDonald in the long-running ITV soap opera for 20 years, but is looking forward to performing on the Palace stage.

Launch of 2019 Newark Palace Theatre panto production of Sleeping Beauty.
Launch of 2019 Newark Palace Theatre panto production of Sleeping Beauty.

“It’s a really traditional old theatre and it’s lovely,” he said.

“There’s something for everyone, fun and silliness for the kids and naughty jokes for the adults, so come on down and see us.”

The Palace is promising a spectacular show that is anything but sleepy.

It is full of stunning scenery, sparkling costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of panto magic.

Joining Nick are Ben Millerman as Nanny Annie, Nathan Guy as Josh the Jester, Marj Hogarth as Carabosse, Jade Natalie as Princess Rosa/Azurial, Dan Westwood as Grunge, and Jack Malin as Prince Valiant, a role he played in Porthcawl last Christmas.

It is Ben’s first pantomime season in Newark.

He said: “This will be my fifth pantomime overall and third as Dame. It’s a role that I’ve always loved since being a child. The character has the lavish comical costumes for the kids while plenty of cheek for the grown-ups.

“It’s a role steeped in tradition and history. I personally love the outlandish costumes I get to wear each night.

“Pantomime is truly aimed at everyone from every age and background; it’s one of the few pieces of entertainment that the entire family can enjoy together.

“It’s full of comedy and audience participation but it also lets everyone be a child again through its magic and spectacle.

“It’s a truly unique, British tradition that continues to re-invent itself to stay relevant and topical.”

Sleeping Beauty runs until Saturday, January 4.


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