By Graham Chalmers
Prepare yourself - there are just 12 weeks to go until the launch of this year’s Harrogate Theatre pantomime - and an actor who’s become synonymous with this successful annual event is back.
This year’s production will be Sleeping Beauty will see the return of hugely popular Tim Stedman for his 14th time in Harrogate Theatre’s panto.
Running from Friday, November 22 to Sunday, January 12, this year’s production will be presented as a traditional family fun panto with Phil Lowe returning for his seventh year as director and Harrogate Theatre’s chief executive David Bown once again assuming the co-writer’s role.
Returning for his 14th Harrogate Theatre panto, daft hero of the main house stage Tim Stedman plays Silly Sidney, a would-be inventor who will inevitably end up in various scrapes and covered in goo.
Stedman is far from the only familiar face.
Former Harrogate Theatre Dame Steve Huison (Coronation Street, The Full Monty) is back as the bumbling King, whose daughter must be rescued from her interminable snooze.
Fresh-faced hero in Harrogate Theatre’s last two pantomimes, Katy Dean returns to take the principal boy role of Tom, a dashing derring-doer on a mission to save the princess and win her heart.
How her thighs survive all that slapping is an annual mystery!
A huge hit as last year’s villain Fleshcreep, Philip Stewart also returns but this time he’s good guy Wizard Roy, on hand to help wake Aurora with a little magical know-how.
And following a cracking inaugural turn as Dame Tilly Trott last year, Chris Clarkson is back in panto drag as Beauty’s Nurse Nellie of Nidderdale.
As well as myriad touring theatre credits, including time with Oddsocks and a host of pantomimes all over the country, Clarkson is a guest presenter on BBC’s The One Show and has appeared elsewhere on TV in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, A Touch Of Frost and Crimewatch, among others. Joining the pantomime cast as Princess Aurora (our titular Beauty), Amy Walsh is no stranger to Harrogate Theatre, having performed here with Reform Theatre last year. New face Lindsay Scigliano completes the line-up as the evil fairy Carabosse.
Tickets can be booked securely online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or through the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502 116.