Jim Royale confirmed for Easter Panto…

LHK Productions and the Epstein Theatre has announced an additional name to their Easter pantomime cast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Liverpool actor and comedian Ricky Thomlinson will feature in the role of The Magic Mirror in the guise of Jim Royle.


Producer Lee Kelly has already confirmed The Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star James Hill in the title role, who will leave the boardroom to tread the boards at The Epstein Theatre for the very first time.  The show also stars local actress Georgia Austin to the role of Snow White, TV and Radio presenter, Debi Jones, who makes a welcome return to the stage as the Wicked Queen. Meanwhile, Liverpool favourite, Michael Chapman will return as the hilarious panto dame!


Ricky is probably best known for his roles as Bobby Grant in Brookside and the lazy but loveable Jim Royle in the The Royle Family. His acting credits span over 30 years and include many more comedy and dramatic roles such as the lead character in Mike Bassett: England Manager, DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker, and the poignant portrayal of John Glover, father of Hillsborough victim Ian, in the Jimmy McGovern drama Hillsborough.


In the role of The Magic Mirror, Ricky will appear in 27 performances as TV favourite Jim Royle from The Royle Family, the TV slob and couch potato will be declaring “Who is the fairest of them all”.


On joining the show Ricky Thomlinson said: “I am delighted to be part of the Easter Panto with LHK Productions, it is a perfect starring role for me, I appear in 27 performances and don’t even need to leave my comfortable, trusty armchair! Remote at the ready, this is going to be a barrel of fun”.


Watch Ellie chatting with Ricky about all of his famous TV roles and more last year ahead of his ‘Audience with’ night at St George’s Hall.


Producer Lee Kelly said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Ricky has decided to be filmed to play the Magic Mirror, this really is the icing on the cake of what is already a fabulous cast for our Easter Panto, Snow White.


“it is going to be hilarious to have Jim Royle pop up from his sofa, vest and all throughout the show!”


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play at the Epstein Theatre from 24th March, 2016 to the 6th April 2016. The show promises to deliver the same mix of fun and traditional pantomime with a fresh and current twist which LHK Productions are famous for. Complete with sensational songs, stunning choreography, the panto will feature poisoned apples, magical mirrors, a brilliant cast and, of course, a sprinkling of panto magic…


This timeless tale, and one of the nation’s favourite pantomimes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the story of a beautiful princess whose vain and jealous stepmother is hell-bent on getting rid of her and becoming “the fairest of them all.”


After fleeing the kingdom to escape the Wicked Queen’s evil plans, Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarfs in their cottage in the forest. Taking pity on poor Snow White, the dwarfs allow her to stay with them until a wicked spell is cast which only true love can conquer.


Snow White runs for 27 magical performances and will be the unmissable Easter event of the year. So book your tickets now for the most enchanting panto in the land.

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