Gre­gor’s a Rab hand at Panto malarkey

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is com­ing to The King’s Theatre stage for the sec­ond time in the venue’s pantomime his­tory.

Scot­tish com­edy leg­end Gre­gor Fisher leads a cast of fam­ily favourites in his an­tic­i­pated re­turn to the King’s panto from De­cem­ber 4 un­til Jan­uary 10, 2016.

Gre­gor Fisher, who is best known to TV au­di­ences for his role as Rab C Nes­bitt, first starred as a rob­ber in Babes in The Wood along­side Rikki Ful­ton and Jack Mil­roy in 1981.

Over three decades later the star is thrilled to be adding an­other string to his vest in the role of Hec­tor the Hench­man.

He said: “It’s a priv­i­lege to be part of this Christ­mas tra­di­tion once again at the beau­ti­ful King’s Theatre. Re­turn­ing to pantomime is a slightly daunt­ing but ex­cit­ing prospect.

“It’ll be a chal­lenge but it’s all worth­while when you hear the au­di­ence’s re­ac­tion and kids laugh­ing, or boo­ing.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing the Hench­man and work­ing with Juliet Cad­zow as the Wicked Queen — we’ll be a dev­il­ish duo not to be messed with, Mwaa-ha-ha!”

Cap­i­tal FM pre­sen­ter Des Clarke is on hand to lead the fes­tive fun and games as love­able rogue Mud­dles for his fourth con­sec­u­tive year in a King’s panto.

Juliet Cad­zow, known for play­ing bus driver Edie McCredie in BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries Balam­ory, has swapped check­ing wing mir­rors for a mag­i­cal look­ing glass fit for a Wicked Queen. Juliet is no stranger to the King’s panto hav­ing starred in the 1998 pro­duc­tion of Sleep­ing Beauty fol­lowed by Cin­derella in 2005.

‘Mir­ror Mir­ror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ That would be King’s panto reg­u­lar Jenny Hay­ley­Dou­glas as the beau­ti­ful Snow White.

At the age of 18 Jenny be­came one of the semi-fi­nal­ists for An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s search for Dorothy in the BBC 1 Pro­gramme Over The Rain­bow. Since then she has toured with the UK/In­ter­na­tional tour of We Will Rock You play­ing Meat and starred in King’s pan­tomimes — Cin­derella, Aladdin, Pe­ter Pan and for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Emerg­ing vo­cal­ist Al­lan Jay plays the dash­ing Prince Lorenzo. Last year Al­lan chore­ographed and starred as a pi­rate in Pe­ter Pan at the King’s, this panto sea­son he is de­lighted to be re­turn­ing as part of the main cast.

So join in the fun this Christ­mas and ven­ture into an en­chanted fairy­tale for­est with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fea­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar sets, glit­ter­ing cos­tumes and side-split­ting com­edy for all the fam­ily.

They are all go­ing to the ball The starstud­ded cast of this year’s King’s panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in­cludes Rab C Nes­bitt star Gre­gor Fisher (cen­tre) and co­me­dian and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Des Clarke (far right)

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