Jason Sutton in Pantomime!

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This year Jason will be appearing as Ugly Sister in Cinderella, teaming up with Dave Lynn. What a pair of beauties.


‘The Rolls Royce of Christmas Entertainment’
Surrey Advertiser

Justin Fletcher: ‘I am very excited to be appearing as Buttons in Cinderella at Woking this Christmas! Cinderella is my all time favourite pantomime and I look forward to lots of fun and laughter over the festive season!’

The most magical fairytale of them all comes alive on the New Victoria Theatre stage in the fun-filled family panto spectacular, Cinderella starring BAFTA award-winning  CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher as Buttons. Joining him will be beautiful TV presenter Zoe Salmon as Cinderella (Blue Peter, Dancing on Ice)  and hilarious comedian Hal Cruttenden (Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Let’s Dance for Comic Reliefas Prince Charming’s aide Dandini.

With sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, riotous Panto dames, real Shetland ponies, big song and dance numbers, magic and bags of audience participation, fun and laughter is guaranteed for the whole family!

So book your tickets now for what promises to be The Godmother of all pantos!

Tickets can be bought here!

Delivering a high flying Dame to Derby!

Jason Sutton, Entertainer of the Year 2011 will be flying into the Assembly Rooms, Derby, this Christmas when he appears in the pantomime adventures of Peter Pan.

A popular personality performing across the country, Jason is perhaps best known for his drag persona Miss Jason, who has been entertaining audiences on stage and TV for the last 11 years. Appearances on Drag Queen Weakest Link saw him charm Ann Robinson, he cooked himself into runners-up position on Come Dine with Me and had two recent cameos in Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is for the BBC.

Jason joined Paul Holman Associates for his first professional pantomime two years ago and audiences and critics alike have fallen for his warm, comforting and comic take on pantomime dame.

Producer Paul Holman said:

“Jason has the ability to take the traditional dame and give it a 2012 twist. Audiences can’t fail to enjoy his larger then life personality and his fabulous costumes. His performances are a little bit Les Dawson, a little bit Jessie J and a whole lot of fun!”

Jason will be joining Peter Pan in the role of Dame Able Mabel, nanny to Wendy, Peter and John who lead her on a flight from the rooftops of old London town to Never Never Land via the second star on the right!

The pantomime adventures of Peter Pan open on Wednesday 5 December until Sunday 6 January 2013. Tickets are available now by calling the box office on 01332 255 800 or visit www.derbylive.co.uk

Britain’s Got Talent Winner is popping as
Peter Pan!

Britain’s Got Talent Winner is popping as Peter Pan!
Derby Live and Paul Holman Associates are thrilled to announce that a Waterloo Road pupil, star of two blockbuster films and a Britain’s Got Talent winner will be flying into the Derby Live Assembly Rooms this December. – 25 May 2012

George Sampson, the hugely talented street dancer who charmed the country, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan, and danced his way into the nation’s hearts with his spine tingling winning dance routine Singin’ in the Rain, will be appearing in the title role in the pantomime adventures of Peter Pan.

In this exciting new production, George will bring a fresh and contemporary take to the iconic J M Barrie character, giving Peter Pan a streetwise, urban charm that’s certain to melt more than a few hearts!

George has really shown his versatility on stage, screen and television in recent years. Following his smash-hit win on the popular peak-time ITV programme, he made his successful West End debut in the hip-hop musical Into the Hoods, appearing as one of the Lost Boys.

Since then George’s career has gone from strength to strength with two successful big screen box office number one hits; StreetDance HD and StreetDance 2, which was released a few weeks ago.

Fans of the BBC hit drama Waterloo Road will be familiar with Kyle Stack, the disrespectful and disruptive pupil George has portrayed for the last year in the award winning series, appearing along side Robson Green, Chelsee Healey, John Thompson and a host of household names.

Later this year, viewers of Sky 1 will be in for a treat when George joins Pauline Collins, Bobby Ball, Sally Lindsay and other popular faces in the cast of the comedy drama Mount Pleasant.

George will be starring along side EastEnders’ legend Larry Lamb as Captain Hook. The pantomime adventures of Peter Pan, at Derby Live Assembly Rooms opens 5 December to 6 January 2013 and with the country’s most loved villain and the nation’s favourite dancing actor appearing together for the first time, the production is on-course to set new box office records.

Tickets are available from the Derby Live box office on 01332 255800 or visit www.derbylive.co.uk


Larry Lamb sets course for nautical naughtiness in Never Never Land!

There is only one actor who can take on the role of a manipulative East End villain at the same time as playing one of the nation’s most sensible and loveable Dads in an award winning comedy. – 27 April 2012

Larry Lamb, original soap hunk and heartbreaker, star of stage and screen, EastEnders villain and Gavin’s Dad in Gavin and Stacey is to headline the pantomime adventures of Peter Pan as the dark and devious Captain Hook.

In a career which began with Larry sailing the North Sea in the BBC’s Triangle, he’ll be docking the Jolly Roger at the Assembly Rooms, Derby later this year, bringing ship loads of pantomime style nautical naughtiness in his battle to out wit and out manoeuvre Peter Pan.

Loved and loathed, Larry was voted Villain of the Year for his menacing portrayal of the ‘archetypal Mitchell’ in the BBC’s EastEnders. Having terrorised and tormented his family and neighbours, Archie Mitchell was finally killed off on Christmas Day 2009, in a programme watched by nearly 17 million viewers.

A week later, a happy ever after ending in the final episode of the BAFTA award wining Gavin and Stacey was viewed by over 10 million people. Larry played the loveable Mick Shipman in the hit comedy written by James Corden and Ruth Jones.

There has hardly been a time when Larry hasn’t been in peoples living rooms! Who do you think you are?, Spooks, Murphy’s Law, Midsomer Murders, Kananagh QC, Our Friends in the North are just a very few of the popular TV programmes Larry has appeared in.

On the big screen, he starred as Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds alongside Phil Collins in Buster, as well as appearances in Superman 1, 2 and 3 as a reporter on the Daily Planet. On stage, he has played Frank in Educating Rita and Claudius in Hamlet for the RSC, to name just a few.

The pantomime adventures of Peter Pan is being produced by Paul Holman Associates and Derby Live.
Paul Holman said:

“Having Larry on board this year is excellent news. He has the skills to combine comedy with evilness, making him the perfect Hook. I’m very excited about this year’s pantomime; the story will closely follow the Darling children’s adventure to Never Never Land, and will definitely be a pantomime version. We’ll be including a dame, played by Jason Sutton, who was voted Entertainer of the Year last year, and or course, there will be plenty of magic, including spectacular flying and a few surprises!

“People should definitely book their tickets early for this year’s show. Larry’s appearances in panto have been complete sell outs with even Larry unable to book tickets for his family! So get down to the Box Office or call them soon.”

Peter Ireson, Director for Derby LIVE said:

“We’re extremely excited to have been able to secure Larry to play Captain Hook at the Assembly Rooms this Christmas. Larry is one of those special breed of actors who as well being a popular household name from his TV work, has also trodden the boards at the RSC and National Theatre. It is this blend of popular appeal and quality which make him perfect for this role at Derby LIVE.”

Peter Pan will be flying into the Assembly Rooms from 5 December to 6 January 2013 and will have all the comedy capers, colourful costumes and creative scenery Derby audiences have come to expect and deserve. Tickets are already selling fast, and with Larry Lamb’s appearance now confirmed, this year’s pantomime is on course to break box office records.


Panto 2011/12
The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare – ALADDIN!

Known to millions as “Boycie”, John Challis, who portrayed the snobbish, used car salesman, first came to public attention in 1981 in the BAFTA award winning Only Fools and Horses, which went on to run for seven series and at its peak attracted over 24 million viewers, with Christmas Specials becoming the highlight of the TV schedule.

A spin off series for the BBC, The Green, Green Grass followed the success of Only Fools and saw John appear with his on-screen wife, Marlene (Sue Holderness), escaping to a life in the country after fleeing the Peckham Mafia.

John has been a regular face on TV, with appearances in The Bill, Ever Decreasing Circles, Dr Who, Don’t Wait Up, My Family and The New Statesman to name just a few. He also has a wealth of theatre experience, having appeared in the National Theatre productions of On the Razzle and The Rivals, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Tom Stoppard’s Dogg Hamlet. He has also appeared with Ray Winstone in the film Five Seconds to Spare and along side Brian Conley in Dream.

London based producers, Paul Holman Associates, are promising an action-packed pantomime full of all the winning ingredients Playhouse audiences have come to expect, including a magical flying carpet which has been designed by magician Paul Daniels. Slap-stick comedy capers will be high on the agenda with the father and son partnership of Simmons & Simmons. Keith and Ben, who have written this year’s script, will also direct the production and appear as PCs Me and You.

Keith said:

“I’ve written over 150 pantomimes and recently Ben’s got involved and I enjoy it even more now. We have the same sense of humour. We do sometimes argue but its never got nasty…yet!”

Also joining the production will be Jason Sutton as Widow Twankey, the archetypal pantomime dame, whose cutting-edge fashion sense is sure to add to the colour, creativity and general chaos of this fabulous family pantomime, Aladdin.

Opening on 13 December until 8 January 2011, tickets are on sale now by calling 01934 645544 or visit www.theplayhouse.co.uk

Doesn’t Disappoint!
(Jack and the Beanstalk, Redhill 2010)

Reviewed by Graham Gurrin, The Stage – 16 December 2010 It’s a welcome change for top billing to go to a variety act rather than someone from the music charts or children’s TV, and Paul Daniels (King Crumble) doesn’t disappoint. From the vantage point of his laid-back performance, he watches over the cast like a father figure. Debbie McGee (Fairy Organic) not only delivers the rhyming couplets, but also gets to marry the king, a break with tradition we can forgive. Allan Jay (Jack) has a fine voice, complemented perfectly by Sophie Wilkins as Princess Amelia. Tony Rudd (Simple Simon) whips the Redhill audience into a frenzy with every entrance and does some excellent impressions. In his first family pantomime, Jason Sutton is great fun as Dame Trott. From a decade on the cabaret circuit, he brings costumes, a singing voice and stage presence to die for, and he judges the tone perfectly. We need more actors like him to keep the traditional dame alive. Credit must also go to Matthew Ashforde, not only for winding the audience up with relish as Fleshcreep, but also as the director. One quibble – the half-hearted custard pie that ends the kitchen scene is not slapstick enough. But that’s a minor flaw. Complete with an excellent, giant and beautifully choreographed pantomime cow, traditional panto is safe in these hands Miss jason would like to thank everyone involved in Jack and the Beanstalk at Redhill


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