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Dame on for panto fun

PUBLISHED: 11:03 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

LOCAL amateur dramatic group The Lowestoft Players have this week announced the line-up for their post-Christmas pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

The group, who were formed in September 1967, have a strong history of performing pantomimes at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre and will present the popular fairy tale at the theatre early next year.

LOCAL amateur dramatic group The Lowestoft Players have this week announced the line-up for their post-Christmas pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

The group, who were formed in September 1967, have a strong history of performing pantomimes at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre and will present the popular fairy tale at the theatre early next year.

The comedy line-up is one of the Players' strongest for years, with two established local panto favourites leading the cast.

Nick Garrod returns after an absence of four years to perform the pivotal role of the pantomime dame Dame Clarissa Clutterbuck, while John Marjoram will perform alongside him as the apprentice inventor Bobble Fixit.

John is known for his recent roles in both the Player's pantomimes and musicals, including the roles of Buttons, Wishee Washee and the lead role of Billy Bigelow in their production of Carousel.

Other major roles will be played by Deanne Dickson, Darryl Peek, Lauren Major, Stephen Clark, Nancy Paul, Dave Higgins and Paul Ashby, with a supporting cast of 26 singers and dancers, and 16 children.

Although theatre goers will have to wait until the new year for the Players' latest pantomime, publicity officer and co-director Stephen Wilson has assured fans it will be well worth the wait.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the casting results of our forthcoming pantomime Beauty and the Beast, which features one of the strongest principal line ups for many years,” he said.

“Theatre-goers are in for a real post-Christmas treat. The Players have built up a strong reputation over the past 40 years and their winning home-grown pantomime formula, which features some of the very best in local talent, promises to pack all the right punches.”

He added: “Our audiences can expect lots of local references, plenty of comedy, great toe-tapping music from Mike West and his band, spectacular scenery and costumes, and lots of special effects.”

Beauty and the Beast will be playing at the Marina Theatre for a total of nine performances, including four matinees, from Saturday, January 24 to Sunday, February 1. Tickets are available by calling 01502 533200.

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