Starring cast members of this year’s festive pantomime production in Skegness are promising an ‘enchanting show with something for everyone’ after a fantastic start to their rehearsals.
Jamie Marcus Productions’ Cinderella will be showing at the Embassy Theatre from Saturday, December 15, featuring big TV names including Allo Allo’s Sue Hodge as the Fairy Godmother and Big Brother’s Nasty Nick as one of the Ugly Sisters.
The reality star has played villainous roles in three prior pantomimes but says he has a particular fondness for Cinderella - ‘the greatest panto of them all’
Speaking to the Standard between rehearsals this morning he said: “Cinderella is such a magical tale that people know the story without having seen it.
“The transformation of Cinderalla from a poor peasant girl who is sweeping the floors into a beautiful princess is incredibly enchanting - it’s a beautiful love story that people of all ages can appreciate.”
“What I love about pantomime is that it introduces children to theatre for the first time and to see their faces laughing and screaming away is what makes it all worth while for me.
“It’s also a really cheap form of entertainment that everyone can enjoy - if you were to take your family to a Premiership football match you would be looking at spending around £100 whereas with the panto you get two hours of great entertainment for half the price.”
Having risen to notoriety through his manipulative tactics on the first series of Big Brother, Nick says he is comfortable with the fact he will forever be cast the villain.
“In England, whenever you are labelled with a particular role, you are marked with that forever and I think I will always be cast the evil or nasty character but sometimes the villain is more charismatic or memorable - people always remember Dennis The Menace but they don’t remember Walter the Softy so much,” he said.
Already four days into the show’s hectic rehearsal schedule, Nick and his fellow cast members say they are getting on great and looking forward to a superb show.
“We’ve got into it really quickly and the cast is just fantastic - we’ve already been out in Skegness together enjoying the atmosphere at Wolfies and the Lumley.
“I can’t give too much away about the production but having seen the set yesterday and performed a run-through I can say that its going to be a really enchanting show.”
The beautiful Cinderella, played by Bid TV’s Helen Bates, has also warmed to her role and feels it will be a great show for all the family when the curtain lifts next weekend.
She said: “It’s going really well - it already feels like we are a Christmas festive family and we are definitely going to be ready to open next Saturday so we are hoping to see as many people there as possible - there’s something for everyone whether you’re five or 105 we’ve got something for you.”
Nick and Helen will be joined on stage by Allo Allo’s Sue Hodge as the Fairy Godmother, CITV’s Nick Wymer as Baron Hardup, Shameless’s Bobby Dazzler as Buttons and Nick Bayly as the other Ugly Sister.
Tickets for Cinderella start from just £10 and are available from the Box Office on 0845 674 0505.