7 mar 2014

Some wickedly wonderful casting for Woking this Christmas!

The New Victoria Theatre, Woking and First Family Entertainment are delighted to announce KATIE PRICE and ANITA DOBSON will be sharing the role of the Wicked Fairy in this year’s spectacular panto adventure Sleeping Beauty!!

Model, TV star, respected business woman and author, Katie Price will be bringing some glitz and glamour to Woking this Christmas, with stalwart of stage and screen Anita Dobson casting her legendary charm! They will be joined by CBeebies favourite Ben Faulks aka Mr Bloom as our green fingered Prince Charming and South African funny man Alan Committie as Chester the Jester.

The ultimate entrepreneur, Katie Price is one of the nation’s favourite and most well-known personalities. Beginning her career in modelling, she has starred in her own TV shows, created her own brands in fashion, beauty and clothing and is a hugely successful author of a children’s book series. A committed mum to five children, Katie will be sure to bring a ‘Priceless’ performance to the classic family tradition that is panto!

Katie said of her forthcoming panto experience: ‘I’m not sure who’s more excited about my role in panto, me or the kids! They’re going to enjoy it so much seeing me up on stage, although they might find it strange that I’m being so evil. Sleeping Beauty is one of the kids favourite stories and I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity. The people of Woking better watch out as I’m coming to getcha!’

Anita Dobson is renowned for playing the iconic role of Angie Watts in EastEnders. Since then she has had a vast career on stage and screen, from playing Queen Elizabeth in Armada to CBeebies sketch show Gigglebiz. On stage she’s starred as Mama Morton in the hit musical Chicago, Gertrude in Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company and She Stoops to Conquer at Theatre Royal Bath . Anita also starred in the musical film London Road which was released earlier in the year. Anita has also appeared in Strictly Come Dancing so she’s no stranger to glitzy costumes similar to the sparkly numbers in Panto!

Anita said: ‘Pantomime is a great love of mine. Being on stage surrounded by sparkly scenery and costumes, working with a fantastic company and hearing the children in the audience having such a great time gives me such a buzz. I love the Wicked Fairy, a role I have played many times before and I can’t wait to get that costume back on and start being bad again, I’ll have all of those children booing and hissing in no time!’.

BAFTA award nominee and Manchester Theatre Award winner Ben Faulks is best known for his role as Mr Bloom on the hit CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery, a hugely popular show that’s credited for helping to get a generation of youngsters interested in gardening.

Providing much fun and laughter as Chester the Jester is Alan Committie, one of South Africa’s best loved comic actor’s. Alan has performed on stage and screen all over the world, showcasing his own shows as well as numerous productions including Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman.

This fun-filled family adventure tells the tale of a beautiful princess who pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep. Will her true love be able to awaken her and save the kingdom from this enchantment?

Featuring traditional pantomime ingredients to delight audiences of all ages with glittering costumes, sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, and bags of audience participation guaranteed to keep you awake this Christmas!

Set your alarm clocks and don’t miss out on this year’s dream of a pantomime.

The New Victoria Theatre in Woking boasts a modern 1,300 super comfy auditorium, excellent road and rail links, ample parking options and easy access and is proud to present Surrey’s biggest and best family Panto.

Visit www.atgtickets.com/woking to catch all the latest exciting news for all things Panto and to book your tickets for this wonderful spectacle.

Katie Price will be starring as the Wicked Queen on performances from Fri 11 – Sun 27 Dec 2015.
Anita Dobson will be starring as the Wicked Queen on performances from Mon 28 Dec – Sun 10 Jan 2016.

Katie Price & Anita Dobson