WAKEY WAKEY! SLEEPING BEAUTY PANTO OPENS TO PACKED HOUSES  AT ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD!

The festive treat features comic and panto favourite Billy Pearce (King Billy), TV doctor and presenter Dr Ranj (The Royal Doctor), Liz Ewing (Carabosse), Brogan McFarlane (Princess Aurora), Sabrina Aloueche (The Good Fairy) and Sarah Goggin (Princess Narcissa).  Join them in a magical adventure where Princess Aurora pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel given to her by her evil godmother Carabosse and is placed under a cruel curse forcing her to sleep for one hundred years.  Can true love survive and break the spell?  Can Aurora’s hilarious father, King Billy, help save the town and who will outwit the evil Carabosse and foil her wicked plans? 

Billy Pearce first topped the bill of the Alhambra Theatre’s annual festive production in 1993, winning acclaim from critics and audience members alike, solidifying his reputation as the King of Yorkshire comedy.  He has performed in five Children’s Royal Variety Performances and three Royal Variety Performances.  His previous theatre credits include The Rocky Horror Show and Eurobeat alongside Mel Giedroyc.  Billy is a recipient of the Services to Arts and Entertainment award, presented at the Yorkshire Awards, previously won by the Kaiser Chiefs and Alan Ayckbourn.  Side-splittingly funny, Billy will bring his trademark mad-cap comedy and boundless energy to the stage and will have audiences laughing in the aisles. 

Dr Ranj is a well-known TV personality and has already had an impressive TV career to date!  He is one of the resident doctors on ITV's leading daytime series This Morning, co-presenter of ITV's prime-time series Save Money: Good Health and Save Money: Lose Weight and co-creating host of BAFTA award-winning CBeebies series, Get Well Soon.  In 2018 Ranj swapped his scrubs for sequins as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant, partnered with Janette Manrara.  The dancing duo also took part in the Strictly Live Tour in 2019.  He got to perform again on television, this time singing on ITV's hugely popular series All Star Musicals.  Dr Ranj is delighted to be hitting the stage once again in his pantomime debut!

Liz Ewing is a Scottish television and theatre actress.  Her London West End theatre work includes Follies (National Theatre), Gypsy (Savoy Theatre), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Novello Theatre) and the international tour of I Dreamed a Dream.  After an illustrious musical theatre career Liz has gone on to star in many TV productions including BBC’s The Nest and ITV’s Taggart. 

Brogan McFarlane trained at Bird College and The Brit School.  Her credits whilst training include dancer at The Brit Awards for Dua Lipa and Hugh Jackman and she starred as Maria in 9 to 5 The Musical 

Sabrina Aloueche is a musical theatre actress best known for her role as Scaramouche in the musical We Will Rock You and her roles as Young Cosette and Éponine in the London productions of Les Misérables

Sarah Goggin returns to Bradford this year after her appearance in several Alhambra Theatre pantomimes alongside Billy Pearce.  Her previous credits include: Monica Geller in the first UK tour of the Friends musical parody, Friendsical; Sister Mary Robert in UK Tour of Sister Act; Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act at Kilworth House; Rachel in Bad Girls; Betty in Sincerely Yours; and Jodie in Best Of Friends

This year’s panto is produced by Crossroads, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the same team behind the annual Alhambra Theatre pantomime for over 20 years.  SLEEPING BEAUTY is directed by Ed Curtis, returning for his 10th Alhambra Theatre pantomime.  As well as the talented cast, ground-breaking special effects once again take centre-stage, including a fantastic show-stopping flying effect, created by The Twins FX who have been delivering these visual treats to Alhambra Theatre audiences over the past 8 years. 

SLEEPING BEAUTY is now open and closes on Sunday 16 January 2022 - it has all the fun, laughter, magic and special effects that audiences have come to expect from the Alhambra Theatre pantomime each festive season.  Don’t get caught snoozing, book your tickets now!

For hi-res production shots from Sleeping Beauty, please visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmXfHT2s

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