Broadway World: Su & Jeffrey at Wolverhampton Grand

March 3rd, 2019

panto19aSu Pollard And Jeffrey Holland To Star In Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Pantomime!

It has been announced today that Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland will star in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 2019/20 pantomime DICK WHITTINGTON! Opening on 7 December, Su will play the evil Queen Rat and Jeffrey will play Alderman Fitzwarren. The duo who starred together in TV sitcoms Hi-De-Hi, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang M’Lord? will be reunited on stage alongside the Grand Theatre’s much-loved pantomime Dame, Ian Adams who returns for a fourth consecutive year.

Su Pollard was last in a Grand Theatre pantomime an impressive 43 years ago where she played Dame in a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She has since appeared at the Grand Theatre as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Jeffrey Holland played Dame in the Grand’s 1999 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk and most recently played Danny in the Grand Theatre’s in-house production of Brassed Off.

Ian Adams returns having starred in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, winning Best Pantomime Dame in the Midlands in the What’s On Readers Awards – the same awards in which the Grand Theatre pantomime has won Best Pantomime for the past two years and is currently nominated in the same category for a third year running.

One of the nation’s favourite entertainers, Su Pollard has appeared on screen and on stages across the UK for four decades. She shot to fame as chalet maid Peggy in Hi-De-Hi, later starring in You Rang M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!. During her career she has appeared on countless television programmes, with highlights including Two Up Two Down, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and numerous chat shows, quiz shows and reality televisions series. No stranger to the stage, Su starred in the worldwide tour of Annie as Miss Hannigan and starred in the West End in Godspell, Me and My Girl, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Menopause the Musical, and Shout!. Su regularly stars in pantomime every festive season, solidifying her reputation as one of the art form’s best loved leading ladies.

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Express & Star: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 125

March 3rd, 2019

express&star19aStars flock to Molineux to celebrate Wolverhampton Grand Theatre anniversary – in pictures

Stars from all over the country graced the red carpet last night for Wolverhampton Grand’s glittering anniversary celebrations.

The sparkling event, hosted by Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen, saw hundreds of guests treated to a formal dinner, auction, interviews with the stars, and more.

Marketing manager at The Grand Scott Bird said: “What a pleasure to start the celebrations for 125 years of the Grand in the presence of some of the theatre’s most well loved performers and guests whilst at the same time raising money for the Grand Theatre’s charity.

“We look forward to more events throughout 2019 as we lead up to the anniversary on 10 December.”

Stars who attended the bash included Gadget Show star MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry, who grew up in Wolverhampton, Porridge star Christopher Biggins, Emmerdale actor Sam Kane, TV presenter and former glamour model Linda Lusardi, and Hi di Hi stars Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard.

All of them, bar Suzi Perry, have starred in the Grand’s famous pantomimes, held each year around Christmas.   The Grand also made a special announcement last night, that Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard were due to star in this year’s panto Dick Whittington. 

• Continue reading at the Express & Star for more photos and a selection of video clips from the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 125 event. (Photos © Express & Star/Wolverhampton Grand Theatre)

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre: Dick Whittington

March 3rd, 2019

panto19fDick Whittington: 07 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 – Book Now

This panto season join our hero Dick Whittington on the ultimate rags to riches adventure as we help our hero outwit Queen Rat and take his rightful place a Lord Mayor of London.

With comedy legends Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang, M’Lord?) reunited for the Grand Theatre’s pantomime, you are guaranteed a dazzling family panto filled with side-splitting comedy.

Dick Whittington also sees the return of the Grand’s much-loved Dame, Ian Adams for a fourth consecutive year, along with all the ingredients which make the Grand Theatre’s pantomime so magical – beautiful costumes, stunning sets, breath-taking special effects, live music and a lots of audience participation.

With more casting to be announced, you won’t want to miss this action-packed panto – book early to guarantee the best seats.

• Visit the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre website for further info on Dick Whittington, show days and times, and the early ticket booking page. (Photo © Qdos Entertainment/Wolverhampton Grand Theatre)

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Dick Whittington: An Introduction from Queen Rat!

March 3rd, 2019

All hail the new rat queen of Wolverhampton! The wonderful Su Pollard will play the evil Queen Rat in our 125th Anniversary Wolves Grand Panto Dick Whittington from 7 Dec – 12 Jan! It’s going to be five weeks of absolute love and laughter 

• Click here or below for the video of Su. We recommend you keep a close on on the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Twitter over the coming months for Dick Whittington updates.

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Qdos Entertainment: Dick Whittington Hits The Hi-De-Heights

March 3rd, 2019

panto19cGRAND PANTO DICK WHITTINGTON HITS THE HI-DE-HEIGHTS WITH SU POLLARD AND JEFFREY HOLLAND!  

It has been announced today that Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland will star in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 2019/20 pantomime DICK WHITTINGTON! Opening on 7 December, Su will play the evil Queen Rat and Jeffrey will play Alderman Fitzwarren. The duo who starred together in TV sitcoms Hi-de-Hi!, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang, M’Lord? will be reunited on stage alongside the Grand Theatre’s much-loved pantomime Dame, Ian Adams who returns for a fourth consecutive year.

Su Pollard was last in a Grand Theatre pantomime 43 years ago where she played Dame in a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She has since appeared at the Grand Theatre as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Jeffrey Holland played Dame in the Grand’s 1999 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk and most recently played Danny in the Grand Theatre’s in-house production of Brassed Off.

Ian Adams returns having starred in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, winning Best Pantomime Dame in the Midlands in the What’s On Readers Awards – the same awards in which the Grand Theatre pantomime has won Best Pantomime for the past two years and is currently nominated in the same category for a third year running.

One of the nation’s favourite entertainers, Su Pollard has appeared on screen and on stages across the UK for four decades. She shot to fame as chalet maid Peggy in Hi-de-Hi!, later starring in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!. During her career she has appeared on countless television programmes, with highlights including Two Up Two Down, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and numerous chat shows, quiz shows and reality televisions series. No stranger to the stage, Su starred in the worldwide tour of Annie as Miss Hannigan and starred in the West End in Godspell, Me and My Girl, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Menopause the Musical, and Shout!. Su stars in pantomime every festive season, solidifying her reputation as one of the art form’s best loved leading ladies.

Jeffrey Holland is also best known for Hi-de-Hi!, starring as Spike, and working with Su on You Rang M’Lord? and as Mr Parkin the stationmaster in Oh, Dr. Beeching!. The Walsall born actor has also enjoyed a lengthy stage career, including seasons at the Chichester Festival theatre, summer seasons and West End work including Run For Your Wife and Travels With My Aunt. He has also worked extensively in radio and on television, with roles in iconic sitcoms including It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, Are You Being Served?, Dad’s Army and Russ Abbot’s Madhouse. Jeffrey is about to embark on a new leg of his one man show My Friend Mr Laurel after two sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. DICK WHITTINGTON marks his 46th pantomime season.

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Shropshire Star: First Stars Announced for Dick Whittington

March 3rd, 2019

panto19bFirst stars announced for Dick Whittington pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand

Wolverhampton Grand has hit the hi-de-heights after announcing Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland will be starring in this year’s pantomime of Dick Whittington.

The duo, who starred together in TV sitcoms Hi-De-Hi, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang M’Lord? will be reunited on stage from December 7 for the Grand’s 2019/20 panto.

Opening on December 7, Su will play the evil Queen Rat and Walsall-born Jeffrey will play Alderman Fitzwarren – they will both return with the Grand’s much-loved panto Dame, Ian Adams, who will be back for the fourth year in a row.

Grand Theatre chief executive and artistic director Adrian Jackson said: “I am delighted that Su and Jeffrey will star in our pantomime this year.

• Continue reading at the Shropshire Star.

The Panto Archive: Su’s Full Panto History/Career

February 25th, 2019

pantoarchive19aCheck out Su’s full panto history/career at the new website – The Panto Archive.

All things panto with thousands of handbills, pantomime news, reviews, character galleries and the Panto Hall of Fame and more!

She is a fireball of energy, with a zany and unique style that stands her out in any crowd, she is a one off and a true entertainer, never to be replicated she is the wonderfully outrageous Su Pollard!

Panto audiences are absolutely fabulous! We work like war horses over the panto period, it’s flipping exhausting but we have a marvellous time” – Su Pollard

Su Pollard was born the eldest daughter of Don and Hilda Pollard. Her interest in acting began at the age of six when she played an angel in a school nativity play, She attended Berridge Road School, Hyson Green and Peveril Bilateral School, Robin’s Wood Road (now Nottingham Girls’ Academy). After leaving school at 16 she got a job at the Tennant Rubber Company in Carlton as a shorthand typist and began singing in working men’s clubs and charity shows.

Following an apprenticeship at the Arts Theatre in Nottingham, Pollard appeared on Opportunity Knocks in 1974 singing “I Cain’t Say No” from Oklahoma! and came second to a singing Jack Russell. Su started appearing in many West End musicals including Godspell, Big Sin City, Grease and Oh, Mr Porter!.

• Continue reading at The Panto Archive. There’s also a section dedicated to Hi-de-Hi!The Cast of Hi-de-Hi! in Panto.

Su On TV: Mark Goodier’s No. 2′s Of 1986

February 25th, 2019

Mark Goodier’s No. 2′s Of 1986: NOW 80s: Tuesday 26th February: 5pm
60 minutes of back to back UK chart runners-up from 1986 – including hit ladies Madonna, Sinitta, Kim Wilde and Su Pollard! With Mr Charts himself, Mark Goodier.

TV: Su & Katy Brand Win Pointless Celebrities

February 18th, 2019

Su and Katy Brand were the winners of Saturday’s edition of Pointless Celebrities, which aired on BBC1. Both won donations to their chosen charities. Congratulations!! Click below to watch at BBC iPlayer (UK only)

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Su on TV: Pointless Celebrities (BBC1)

February 9th, 2019

pointless13aSu guests on a new celebrity edition of Pointless Celebrities next weekend airing on BBC1, this time partnered with Katy Brand.

Pointless Celebrities: BBC1:
Saturday 16th February: 6.45pm
Series 11. A special celebrity edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom, Carol Smillie and Andrea Mclean, Katy Brand and Su Pollard, and Syd Little and Eddie Large.

Su Online News Archive: Jan – Dec 2018

January 25th, 2019

Our Su news for the past 12 months has now been added to the News Archive. Browse over 18 years of Su news, info, updates and features by clicking below.

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Merry Christmas from Su Online!

December 24th, 2018

Another year almost over… It’s been a great one for Su. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit this year. Don’t forget you can catch Su in panto - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Festival Theatre, Malvern – and on TV – on ITV tonight at 9pm in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show – this festive season.

See you back here in early January for a Su news catch up and our usual updates.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Su and Su Online!

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ATV Today: Best on the Box – Christmas 2018

December 24th, 2018

ATV Today Editor Shaun Linden picks his festive telly highlights in Best on the Box for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2018.

The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, 9pm
Later in the evening on ITV its a ‘remake’ of a movie classic courtesy of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness.

The Keith & Paddy Picture Show: Gremlins sees a Christmas Special of the comedy in which Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness recreate an iconic Hollywood movie in half an hour with the help of an all-star cast. For this festive one-off they recreate the 80’s classic Gremlins, a story of a creature from another world who is trusted with a teenage boy, and then chaos ensuses as the cute little Gizmo unleashes 100s of evil ‘relations’ – and all via an accident with water. Guest stars include Zach Galligan, Kara Tointon, John Thomson, Su Pollard, Les Dennis and Arthur Bostrom.
The Keith and Paddy remake is followed on ITV by the actual Gremlins movie. You’ll never look at food blenders or stair lifts the same way again.

A Very Merry Christmas Eve Eve from Su Online!

December 23rd, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas Eve Eve to all of our visitors.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres is going great, with fantastic reviews and audience feedback since opening 10 days ago.

Read a selection of reviews, browse our Snow White news archive, see a selection of great photos, and book tickets to see the fantastic panto. There are still over 20 performances to choose from over the next two weeks. Lots of festive fun still to come!

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