Ooh-yor beauty: Loughborough is full of West End fairy-tale magic this panto season

The West End has come to the East Midlands this Christmas with a trio of stars from hit theatreland shows leading the cast of Loughborough’s end-of-year panto.

Victoria Lucie, Harry Polden and Jake Reynolds are bringing their acting pedigree to Leicestershire in Loughborough Town Hall’s laughter-packed production of Sleeping Beauty.

Written, directed, and designed by Morgan Brind, who won Best Dame at this year’s UK pantomime awards, the show offers a humorous twist on the traditional tale.

The sleeping beauty is portrayed by Victoria, who has previously appeared in the the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, and is making her seventh professional pantomime to date.

Harry Polden, who is Mervin the Magician, has also been in multiple productions such as Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre.

Prince Vince, Princess Rose’s beau-to-be, is played by Jake Reynolds, fresh from playing Doody in Grease at London’s Dominion Theatre.

The new face amongst this starry cast is Zac Hanlon who plays Stewart the Stewart, who is making his professional acting debut in the show.

Simon Gibson, venue manager at Loughborough Town Hall, said: “We’re hugely excited to be welcoming such talented performers to be a part of Loughborough’s much-loved and critically acclaimed pantomime. What better way to say goodbye to 2022, than by spending time with family and friends enjoying all the thrills, spills, laughter and fun that pantomime provides.”

Little Wolf Entertainment is the production company behind the shows that carefully craft and design the pantomimes in the Town Hall and they have been doing this for eight years.

The venue also offers a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty on December 6, aimed at people with sensory difficulties, learning difficulties, and communication disorders.

For that performance, they’ll keep lights on and doors open, lessen the large noises, have no pyrotechnics and offer spaces for those who are uncomfortable during the show. There are also signed performances available.

Standard tickets start from £17.50, concession tickets from £16 and family tickets from £63.

Sleeping Beauty runs at loughboroughtownhall.co.uk until January 2. Book tickets online or call the box office on 01509 231914

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