Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to take centre stage at Carriageworks Theatre this Christmas

Caption: The cast of this year’s Leeds Carriageworks Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (L-R-) Adam Daye (Dame Dolly Dumpling), Jonathan Ansell (Prince Charming), Lisa Kelsey (Snow White), Jez Edwards (Muddles) and Brigid Lohrey (Wicked Queen).

A magical pantomime production of a classic fairy tale is all set to light up Leeds Carriageworks Theatre this Christmas.

In what promises to be an event not to be missed, the cast of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' gathered at the popular theatre to try on their outfits for the first time and speak about their excitement of performing in the city and in front of the traditionally boisterous Leeds crowd.

Starring in this year’s show, which will run from Friday 5 December 2014 - Saturday 10 January 2015, includes English tenor Jonathan Ansell, who shot to fame as a member of pop-opera boy band G4 in the first series of the popular TV show 'X Factor' and firm favourite Jez Edwards.

Also featuring in the line-up, which has been hand-picked by producer Paul Holman Associates, are Lisa Kelsey, Brigid Lohrey and Adam Daye.

Assuming the role of 'Prince Charming' is Jonathan, who revealed that he cannot wait to perform in the city where he now lives. He said: "Leeds has all the elements of a great city and the people are really friendly. I feel like an honorary Yorkshireman having lived in Leeds for a while now, and I am really looking forward to performing at the Carriageworks which is a really wonderful location."

Taking to the stage as ‘Muddles’ once again this year is Jez, who will be making a record-breaking sixth consecutive appearance in the Carriageworks Theatre pantomime.

"If you come to the Carriageworks to watch our show you can be guaranteed of what I would call a traditional action-packed family-fun pantomime,” said Jez.

"I grew up with pantomime, and it is really lovely to be on the stage and see the kids dressed up as their favourite fairy tale characters and having such a great time in the crowd."

Playing ‘Snow White’ is Lisa, who cannot wait to perform again in front of the Carriageworks crowd, having appeared as the Evil Fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty last year.

"The atmosphere from the crowd was brilliant at the Carriageworks last year, and it is a really nice feeling to be back at the theatre again."

Lisa, who is classically trained, is also looking forward to singing with Jonathan. "It is really nice to be given the opportunity to perform some duets with Jonathan, and given that we both have a background in classical don’t be surprised to hear a big song or two this year!"

Guaranteed a hot reception from the audience every year is the pantomime baddie, and Brigid, who is playing the 'Wicked Queen', has admitted that she loves to hear the boos!

"I prefer to play the wicked characters because it is great fun seeing and hearing the crowd’s reaction when you are being nasty and telling them to be quiet," she laughed.

"Pantomimes are so much fun, and have a bit of everything really - magic, fairies, scary moments and lots of silliness and fun," Brigid added.

Stepping out this year as the pantomime dame 'Dame Dolly Dumpling' is Adam, who revealed that during each show he will be wearing possibly 10 different outfits!

"I have played a pantomime dame around 30 times, and it never fails to be really great fun to play such a ludicrous character! A pantomime is, for many people, the first time that they go the theatre, and it is a really magical experience."

Included as part of the 63 show programme, is also a relaxed performance catering for children with additional needs including autism and a British Sign Language performance.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Leeds Carriageworks Theatre Christmas pantomime is always a great night out for all the family, and we are really looking forward to the opening night of this year’s production, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

"Once again we have put together a fantastic line-up which will guarantee lots of fun and crowd participation, and as part of the run we are also offering a relaxed performance and British Sign Language performance.

"Tickets for the pantomime are already selling well, and we would ask people to book their seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

Tickets are now available for ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ which runs from Friday 5 December 2014 to Saturday 10 January 2015 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. Book online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 0113 224 3801.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk