This week saw the launch of Regent Theatre’s Panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs take place. The event was hosted by former Coronation Street star Eric Potts, who was joined by the theatre’s favourite Panto star, Jonathan Wilkes, who will play Muddles and Henchman Christian Patterson alongside other cast members.
Producers First Family Entertainment said: “Jonny and Christian are the dream team of Panto. They never fail to create a side-splitting show that is enjoyed by young and old alike. We are so thrilled to be bringing them back to Stoke for Christmas.”
This year’s production promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with brilliant slapstick, hilarious comedy, stunning sets and sensational comedy. With many talented people taking part, the show is bound to be brilliant.
Debbie Chapman, who plays the Wicked Queen, gave us a sneak peak of her powerful singing voice, father and son Phil and Paddy Holden, who play Professor and Loopy, two of the dwarfs in the show wowed the crowd and Jamie Tyler, who plays the Prince, charmed a few members of the audience.
Home-grown talent Jonny, who has become a firm favourite with Panto fans across the area over the years, will return as Muddles. He says he is delighted to be back: “We have so much fun making the Panto and this year’s is going to be a spectacular production.
“There is no place I would rather be at Christmas than on the stage of The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. And there is nobody I would rather be sharing it with than Christian Patterson. I’m not quite sure who has a better time – us on stage or the audience watching us.
“It will be one you won’t want to miss, so bring the whole family along to see it. It’ll involve plenty of surprises and laughs, it’s brilliant to be back.”
Jonny will be joined by fellow Stoke-on-Trent Panto favourite Christian Patterson to co-direct this year’s show at The Regent Theatre. Christian wowed audiences once again last year after starring as an ugly sister in 2012’s popular festive hit Cinderella.
He said: “Every year Jonny gets better and better, he knows the Stoke people so well that we can change the script for them.
“I feel quite welcomed by Stoke people and I hope that welcome continues and that they’ll all come and support us and we’ll have a good laugh together.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at The Regent Theatre from Tuesday 3 December 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014. (No performances from Monday 9 – Monday 16 December due to Glyndebourne Opera.)
Tickets are now on sale and are available in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke.