Panto’s bad gal at the Beck

Birds of a Feather star takes on vil­lain in pro­duc­tion of Snow White

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRACEY’S a wicked queen. Oh yes she is!

Bet­ter known as Linda Rob­son, the Birds Of A Feather star is nest­ing in Hayes this Christ­mas, as the bad gal in the Beck The­atre panto, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.

She stars along­side lo­cal lovely, Lau­ren Stroud.

Friends, fam­ily and fairy tales

BIRDS of a Feather star Linda Rob­son is soon to be­come the wicked queen of Hayes when she stars in the Beck The­atre’s Christ­mas panto. The sit­com legend will e com­ing to the bor­ough o act along­side Hayes’ orn-and-bred ac­tress Lau­ren Stroud. Linda even took a reak from film­ing a new eries of the BAFTAom­i­nated show to aunch the pan­tomime, now White and the even Dwarfs, at the the­atre in Grange Road, Hayes, this week.

Best known as Tracey Stubbs in Birds of a Feather, which has broad­cast more than 100 episodes, Linda is loved by her fans, so how will she cope with play­ing an evil character this Christ­mas?

“It will be lots of fun and I’m sure there will be a fair few jokes in there so she won’t be too evil,” she said.

“Plus the au­di­ence will know it is me straight away and they will be ex­pect­ing some laughs be­cause they know me from Birds.

“We won’t be tak­ing any­thing too se­ri­ously and there will be lots of in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence, so I can’t wait.”

The cast will be given scripts some time this week, but will only be­gin re­hearsals a week be­fore the show hits the stage.

“It is hard work but we are all there for each other and I think as long as you bring the au­di­ence in on it, it doesn’t mat­ter if you make a mis­take – it can ac­tu­ally be quite funny,” Linda said.

She has taken part in panto in the past but took a break for the past three years to spend time with her fam­ily at Christ­mas, es­pe­cially grand­daugh­ter Lila.

“Hayes is close enough that I can still spend Christ­mas at home and see ev­ery­one and they are go­ing to come down and watch it too,” she said.

The com­edy ac­tress took to the jun­gle in 2012 as one of the celebri­ties in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

“That was some­thing that I had been asked to do and I thought, well if I don’t do it now, I never will. I just had a good time and I was not go­ing to do any­thing em­bar­rass­ing be­cause I knew my fam­ily were watch­ing.”

Fam­ily is clearly im­por­tant to the sit­com star, who has three chil­dren, Bob­bie, Louis and Lila’s mum Lau­ren, with hus­band of 25 years, Mark.

She is joined by lo­cal girl Lau­ren Stroud who bagged the role in Hayes, ‘just round the cor­ner from home’, fresh from an im­pres­sive stint in the West End as un­der­study to Glinda in hit mu­si­cal Wicked.

“I grew up at the Beck and I know ev­ery­one here be­cause I used to do the sum­mer project ev­ery year where you come along in the sum­mer hol­i­days, re­hearse, di­rect and then give a per­for­mance to friends and fam­ily.

“It’s so nice to be back and to be able to be at home for Christ­mas but still be per­form­ing,” she said.

Tick­ets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs from Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13 to Sun­day, Jan­uary 4, are avail­able from beck­the­atre.org.uk.

n DON’T MESS WITH ME: TV star Linda Rob­son is the Wicked Queen in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410637

n PANTO STARS: Lau­ren Stroud (above) and Linda Rob­son

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