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Wakey wakey! Sleeping Beauty comes to Grand this Christmas

June 20, 2013


PREVIEW by Nicki Robinson Sleeping Beauty WHERE: Wolverhampton Grand WHEN: December 9 to January 19 TICKETS: Prices vary - visit SPELLBINDING fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty has been announced as this year's pantomime spectacular at Wolverhampton Grand.

Staring funnyman Joe Pasquale the magical story comes to the region in December. Joining Joe on stage are Ceri Dupree and Lucy Evans.

This week saw the cast launched the festive extravaganza.

Comedian and contestant of ITVs Dancing On Ice 2013, Joe Pasquale will lead an all-star cast in the role of Muddles.

Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he's voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Horton Hears A Who!, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks' The Producers, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here; appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and even learned to skate for ITV1's Dancing On Ice!

This summer also sees Joe joins the cast of Spamalot in the West End as King Arthur.

Making his glamorous Grand Theatre debut this December is international cabaret artist and variety legend Ceri Dupree in the role of Queen Passionella. Over his 30 year career in showbiz, Ceri's talents (and fabulous frocks) have taken him through musical theatre, pantomime, summer season, television and cabaret.

From Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, Shirley Bassey to Barbara Cartland; Tina Turner to Margaret Thatcher, Ceri's impressive stage and TV career has seen him impersonate almost every major female star you can think of.

Completing this year's fairytale line-up in the role of Princess Beauty is star of stage and screen Lucy Evans. Since launching her career at the age of eight, Lucy has gone on to enjoy success on both the West End and on screen but is perhaps best remembered for playing Lauren Wilson in ITV1's Coronation Street.

Other TV credits include Felicity Smart in the multiaward- winning television series Microsoap (BBC/ Disney); Young Moll in The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (Granada); Scarlet Veasey in The Stepfather (ITV) and Angela Stevenson in Rocketman (BBC).

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