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Pantomime casts revealed for Nottingham Playhouse, Lincoln's New Theatre Royal and the Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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Casts have been announced for this year’s annual pantomime extravaganzas in Nottingham and Lincoln ­— and they will feature a host of familiar faces.

There is a star-studded line-up for Nottingham Theatre Royal’s festive treat, Robin Hood, which runs from December 11 to January 9.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is played by Tristan Gemmill, best known for his long-running role as beleaguered bistro owner Robert Preston in ITV’s Coronation Street and Dr Adam Trueman in BBC’s Casualty.

The cast of Robin Hood, the 2021 Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. (52119699)
The cast of Robin Hood, the 2021 Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. (52119699)

Stars In Their Eyes presenter Matthew Kelly will play Dame Tilly Tuck, X Factor winner Matt Terry is in the title role of Robin Hood and I’d Do Anything winner and stage star Jodie Prenger will play The Spirit of Sherwood.

Completing the line-up are dance sensations Flawless as The Merry Men.

Robin Hood features all the ingredients of a perfect pantomime with laugh-out-loud comedy, bundles of audience participation, special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

The cast of Beauty And The Beast, the 2021 pantomime at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln. (52119618)
The cast of Beauty And The Beast, the 2021 pantomime at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln. (52119618)

Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 37th pantomime for Nottingham Playhouse will be Beauty And The Beast, being staged from December 3 to January 15.

Bringing magic and mayhem, glitter and glamour for all the family this Christmas, will be everyone’s favourite dame John Elkington who plays Madame Fifi in his 17th Playhouse pantomime.

When the beautiful Belle is trapped in an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast, the stage is set for a spellbinding adventure.

Can she escape with the help of her friends? Will Belle melt the beast’s frosty heart and lift his curse before it’s too late?

John will be joined by Lisa Ambalavanar as Belle, recent drama school graduate Megan Cerys-Holland as Veronique, Tom Hopcroft as Maurice, Bradley Judge as Gaston, Clarice Julianda as Florence and 2021 Myles Miller as Jaques The Lad.

The Youth Chorus will be made up of local talent.

On-stage performances of Beauty And The Beast will be accompanied by an on-demand digital version of the show which will be filmed in front of a live audience on December 7 December, with a special watch party on December 13.

Nottingham Playhouse will also be staging reduced capacity performances for those audience members who feel more comfortable with extra space between them and other parties, and special access performances.

Beauty And The Beast will also be performed at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, from December 7 to January 9.

It features the theatre’s largest ever cast, including the popular Jake Quickenden as baddie Flash Hugo, an arrogant, self-loving, egotistical, ladies’ man who will stop at nothing to win the hand of Belle.

Jake first broke on to the television screen on The X Factor (2012) making it to the judges’ houses, before reaching the live shows in 2014.

He was runner-up in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (2014) and crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice in 2018.

Jake will be joined by CBBC’s Yonko Chris Johnson, as Belle’s father, Professor Ivar Brainstorm, Zoe Hanna May in the role of Belle, and award-winning comedian actor and magician Christian Lee, as Marcel Allumette.

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