Dan de Cruz as King Rat with the cast of Dick Whittington. Photo Mike Kwasniak

The New Wolsey Theatre are pleased as ever to announce the full cast for Beauty And The Beast – The Rock’n’Roll Panto, running from Thursday 27 November until Saturday 31 January 2015.

This year’s cast of talented actor-musicians feature some familiar faces from previous New Wolsey Theatre shows, tours and pantomimes. These include: Esther Biddle (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum); Daniel Carter Hope (Dick Whittington); Nicola Bryan (Our House UK Tour, Jack and the Beanstalk); Ben Goffe (The Threepenny Opera UK Tour), and Adam Langstaff (Our House UK Tour, Miss Nightingale).

Coming back this year after a heart-warming proposal during last year’s panto are Dan De Cruz who will be playing the Beast/Prince Promising, and Sarah Mahony who will be playing one of Beauty’s sisters, Luxury.

New to the team this year are recent graduates to the industry – Lucy Wells who will be playing Beauty, and Matt Jopling as Desperate Dan.

This year’s Dame will be played by Eamonn Fleming who has recently played Reg and Brian in The Full Monty which enjoyed a sellout successful National Tour and a short run at The Noel Coward Theatre, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Originally written by Artistic Director Peter Rowe, and directed this year by Associate Director Rob Salmon, it’s time to Get This Party Started as Prince Promising is about to be crowned his country’s rightful King – there’s only one tiny problem, he needs to find his Beauty. After a Wicked Witch transforms the handsome Prince into a hideous Beast, he needs to Keep On Runnin’ until he finds Somebody To Love.

Dan de Cruz as King Rat and Nicola Hawkins as Alice Fitzwarren. Photo Mike Kwasniak

Meanwhile Beauty, who is under the thumb of her two sisters down on Dame Bronwyn’s Suffolk farm, is keen to prove You Can’t Hurry Love. After saving her father from the clutches of the mysterious creature that lives in the castle, will she ever end up Dancing In The Moonlight?

Join Fairy Fortunate and company as they bring you Beauty and the Beast – transformed into one of the New Wolsey Theatre’s irresistible rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes! A beautiful traditional story married to some monster rock, pop and soul songs all served up by our brilliant company of actor-musicians.

Let Us Entertain You!

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked through the Tickets Sales Team by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk where there is the option to live chat with the team should you have any further questions.

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The New Wolsey Theatre

The New Wolsey Theatre is a 400 seat regional theatre with a national reputation for the quality, range and reach of its work and for embracing cultural diversity in the widest sense. It is central to the creative life of Suffolk and seeks to expand the horizons of audiences and artists by presenting a programme designed to entertain, enrich and challenge.

Nationally renowned for its producing work both as a sole producer and in collaboration with a diverse range of UK artists and companies the New Wolsey has a particular reputation for musical work, often employing actor-musicians. It is increasingly acknowledged as a leading player in the development of new musicals staging the world premieres of It’s A Wonderful Life, 20th Century Boy, Mods & Rox, and Midsummer Songs. In 2013, they produced a national tour of the Tim Firth and Madness musical Our House, using the same actor-musician formation, and have recently co-produced Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera alongside Graeae Theatre Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The development of new talent is a priority for the New Wolsey and the annual PULSE Festival acts as a spring-board for fresh new artistic voices, as well as providing a home for risk-taking and cutting edge performance from more established artists.

Alongside its work on stage, the New Wolsey runs an extensive Creative Learning programme which aims to provide opportunities for individuals to access innovative high quality arts provision and develop their creative, personal and social skills.

The New Wolsey Theatre has a proven track record of championing disabled led theatre and has launched ‘Agent for Change’ an initiative to create a freelance post to extend its engagement with disability arts and artists in the eastern region and to provide a support network for artists and arts organisations.

The New Wolsey received the 2012 TMA award for Most Welcoming Theatre, and was nominated as The Stage Award’s Regional Theatre of the Year 2014. As a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity, they rely on a variety of incomes streams such as part funding from the Arts Council, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council as well as donations, individual giving and corporate support; all of which are invaluable.

Chief Executive: Sarah Holmes

Artistic Director: Peter Rowe