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Casualty Star Joins Panto Cast – As Anticipation Continues to Grow with three big announcements

18th July 2017
News, Mansfield

Casualty Star Joins Panto Cast – As Anticipation Continues to Grow with three big announcements

Mansfield Palace Theatre have exclusively revealed to Mansfield 103.2 news this morning, the latest names to join the cast of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ which will open on December 2nd.

Actress Rebecca Wheatley, best known for her role in long running medical drama Casualty has joined the cast, alongside former Neighbours star Mark Little and much-loved comic Adam Moss.

Rebecca played medical receptionist Amy Howard between 1997 and 2001 and has also appeared in the sitcom ‘Time Gentleman Please’ as well as recurring roles on panel shows such as loose women, and the Wright Stuff.

Away from the small screen, Rebecca also scored top ten singles with Everlasting Love and Stay with me Baby in 1998 and 2000 respectively, as well as taking on a number of stage roles; Rebecca has starred in many national touring productions including the sell-out one woman show, Big Pants and Botox, which came to Mansfield Palace Theatre in 2011. She has also starred on the West End stage, in musicals such as Fame and Bad Girls.

Speaking on her return to Mansfield, playing the role of Vegetable Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk this year, Rebecca said “Acting, singing, presenting, it’s all telling stories. I love to tell stories. Panto is absolutely the one thing that you have to do every Christmas, it’s tradition. There will be lots of surprises and the show will have heart, fun and games - I think we all need a bit of that!”

This year’s production is set to be extra special with the inclusion of 3D visual effects in some parts of the show, as the theatre hope to bring alive the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ as the aim for more rave reviews.

“A major part of the magic of pantomime is to be found in the special effects. This is the first time our audiences will be wowed by 3D and we can’t wait to experience the excited reaction of our crowds” said Andrew Tucker, Cultural Services Manager at the theatre.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mansfield pantomime without a dame! The Palace Theatre is excited to welcome Craig Ansell to join its ranks of painted faces and outrageous costumes as Dame Trott. Craig is known for taking traditional characters and providing his own unique spin on them – producing a character whose life would be believable in today’s theatrical productions.

Not only an actor that has a longstanding background in cabaret, stand-up comedy, musicals and theatre, Craig is also an accomplished story teller who is able to enchant the audience into becoming part of the magic of panto: “Poisoned apples, rusty old lamps, ticking crocodiles and gargantuan beanstalks do not compare to two shows a day in heels… and Cinderella thought she had issues!”

Rebecca and Craig join previously announced stars Mark Little and Adam Moss, as well as more than 33,000 pairs of 3D glasses, so with over 56% of tickets already sold, it’s predicted that there will be another near sell-out.

Comedian Adam Moss returns to Mansfield for a third time due to overwhelming customer demand, this time taking on the role of Silly Billy. He promises us…“…more madness and Mossy mayhem! I am really thrilled to be coming back to such a lovely place as Mansfield Palace Theatre to spend time with the incredible audiences and staff there.”

Mark – who is most well-known for his role as Joe Mangel in Neighbours – will be playing the character you love to hate, Fleshcreep, he said “I like playing the baddy but will be more nutty than scary. I want the kids to have banter with me without being terrified!”

The Theatre wishes to remind customers that their usual Pay Now Save Now offer is running until Saturday 26 August 2017, if they wish to purchase discounted tickets. The pantomime opens on Saturday 2 December and runs until Sunday 7 January, with relaxed and signed performances available on certain dates. Please visit www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk or call Box Office on 01623 633133 for further information and to secure your seats.

 

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