The cast is led by Bradford’s own prince of pantomime and king of comedy, Billy Pearce as Muddles; and X Factor and Popstar To Opera Star winner Joe McElderry, as The Spirit of the Mirror.
Billy and Joe are joined by established pantomime dame and musical theatre actor, Adam Stafford as Dame Betty Blumenthal. Adam’s West End credits include playing Amos Hart in Chicago and Sir Bedevere in Spamalot. Adam returns to the Alhambra after playing Widow Twankey in last year’s panto. Jenny Gayner, who last year played the Princess in Bradford, returns in a very different role as Queen Sadista, the wicked queen this year. Her UK tour credits include Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show and Spamalot.
Charlotte Haines plays Snow White, having previously played Princess Beauty in Sleeping Beauty for Qdos Entertainment; and David O’Mahony plays Prince Benedict. Most recently, David appeared in the West End production of The Bodyguard with Beverley Knight and Alexandra Burke. Previous to that, he toured America with the arena production of Batman Live, playing to thousands of people across the States.
If that fabulous cast wasn’t enough, the production is packed with an ensemble cast of performers and dancers, a live band and the traditional juvenile dance troupe, The Sunbeams, who appear on stage courtesy of Sara Packham’s Theatre School based in Cullingworth, Keighley – plus….. There are some amazing effects and illusions from The Twins FX that audiences will get to see this year.
Billed as ‘special effects consultants’ to the show, real-life twins Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown have been hard at work in their Dorset production workshop again for this year’s show. In one scene in this year’s pantomime, Muddles makes a journey by car. Being pantomime, of course, it’s a flying car, which will travel over the heads of the audience below! The wicked Queen’s journey is made in far more sinister fashion, flying on an awesome giant Pterodactyl!
“This is a cracking show, serving up spectacular visual effects alongside traditional panto slapstick and good old-fashioned family fun.” Telegraph & Argus
“Billy Pearce leads in a triumphal tour de force of a panto from Qdos that benefits from some strong vocal talent and stunning visuals.” The Stage
Be amongst the first to see the Alhambra Theatre’s spellbinding pantomime – it’s a cauldron of treats for the family this festive season! And if you don’t fancy doing the washing up, why not eat with us here at the Alhambra Theatre – you can book a table pre evening or post matinee show in the Alhambra Theatre’s Restaurant 1914 (children can eat for only £4.50!) – call Hospitality on 01274 431052.