SLEEPING BEAUTY AT THE KEY THEATRE
Christmas is just around the corner and Vivacity Key Theatre’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, is almost here.
Sleeping Beauty, new and original for the Key Theatre, follows the story of a young girl, Aurora, who gets cursed by the evil witch Carabosse. Narrowly avoiding the deathly curse, she is sent into a deep sleep and can only be woken up by her betrothed. This magical story is bound to hook you in with love, laughter and always a happy ever after.
Simon Egerton returns again this year as the director, writer, composer and lyricist. Simon is now a regular fixture at the Key having worked on pantos since Cinderella back in 2013. Rob Hazle also returns as the musical director and plays the part of Potty the Chamberlain, following his role as Uncle Billy in Dick Whittington last year.
The main lady in this year’s pantomime, Aurora, is being played by Rebecca Levy who has previously been on stage in Legally Blonde, Kiss me Kate and First Lady Suite. Carabosse, Aurora’s worst nightmare and the evil witch that cursed her is being played by Lauren Storer, fresh from appearing in the national tour of Footloose to come and be a part of this year’s pantomime.
Two faces returning to the Key Theatre stage are Lizzie Franks and Katie Pritchard. Lizzie played Fairy Liquid in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2015 and has since been on the stage in productions such as Cinderella, The Tale of Mr Tumble and The Snow Queen. Lizzie has also appeared in Cbeebies shows such as Mister Maker’s Arty Party and Grandpa in my Pocket. Katie was last on stage at the Key Theatre in 2013 as the pocket-sized Dandini in Cinderella. Katie is also a renowned comedienne and has won many awards including the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2016. Lizzie and Katie are taking part in this year’s panto as two of the three fairies. The magical trio is completed by Sara Whittuck who is a newcomer to the Key Theatre. She has previously been on stage in Peter Pan and Puss in Boots and on TV in Marigold and The Bill.
Other newcomers include Kate Baxter, who will don the knee high boots of thigh slapping Prince Florian, and Sam Pay who is crowned as the unfortunately named King Donald Trumpet, Auroras father.
Pantomime isn’t a pantomime without a dame and this year it is played by the man of countless faces – Fred Broom. He will be donning the many frocks of Aurora’s mother, Queen Iona Trumpet. Fred is no stranger to the stage (or frocks) as the multi-talented, funny man has played dame and drag as well as appearing in Wind in the Willows, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd.
The children’s chorus has been selected with 30 kids making up the 3 teams to rotate through the 60 shows. Some new faces mixed in with some returning members of the cast, each year the local talent is showcased in the best possible way – all singing, dancing and acting their hearts out.
As ever, the real star of the show is the 360 seat auditorium which offers comfortable seating in an intimate setting. The tiered seating wrapped around the stage with no pillars to get in your way allows you to have a great experience from wherever you sit.
The panto begins this year on Thursday 7 December to Sunday 7 January. In total there are 60 shows with many shows already getting full.
To book tickets for this magical event, please call the Key Theatre on 01733 207239 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/panto to secure your tickets.