It’ll be Snow White on the night

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Comedy legend Jimmy Cricket heads the cast of this year’s Christmas pantomime at Preston Charter Theatre.

The spectacular set is the biggest the venue has had in more than five years with more than 1,000 elements making up the magical settings.

The cast begin rehearsals at the venue this week with Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies taking the lead as director this year. His own career has taken him from the workingmen’s clubs of the North East to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

More recently, his appearance as a talking portrait in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban film brought him a whole new fanbase.

Snow White opens next Tuesday and runs through to January 3 and promises a festive treat “complete with a live band, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets not to mention a talented cast with years of experience.”

Wellie-wearing LEP columnist Jimmy takes the role of Muddles and starring as the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs are an equally familiar set of faces who have made their names in a range of TV and film appearances.

Goody, Loopy, Noisy, Lazy, Sneezy, Growler and Shabby are played by Malcolm, Trevor, Mark, Melanie, Blake, Luke and Glynn. Credits include Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Labyrinth and Phoenix Nights.

Joining them is Jim Whelan as the Henchman, a regular on Coronation Street as Rev Todd and with other TV credits including The Liver Birds, Crown Court, Cracker, Heartbeat, Emmerdale, The Royle Family, Blackpool and Last of the Summer Wine.

Panto veteran Pete Lindup brings his silver service to the role of Sarah The Cook since this will be his 25th pantomime appearance in the role.

Yvonne Patterson, who plays Queen Cruella, has theatre credits in A Taste of Honey, and WAG!– the musical which ran in the West End.

Adam Trembath will make his Preston debut as The Prince and Blackpool singer Kristina Castellina takes the title role.

Box office: 01772 80 44 44 or www.prestonguildhall.com