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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.

• Continue reading at Broadway World. (Photo © Qdos Entertainment)

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.

• Continue reading at Qdos Entertainment. (Photo © Qdos Entertainment)

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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.

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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Birmingham Mail/Live: Boxing Day Things To Do

December 19th, 2018

bhamlive18aThere are lots of lovely things to do on Boxing Day in and around Birmingham.

You can go to the panto (oh yes, you can!), enjoy a family fun day, watch a Christmas classic or visit a theme park.

And, you can even go tobogganing on real snow, regardless of the weather.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Malvern Theatres Hi-de-ho-ho-ho! It’s panto time at Malvern Theatres and this year’s show stars Su Pollard. There are matinee and evening performances on Boxing Day then the show runs right through to January 6.

• Continue reading at the Birmingham Mail/Live.

Plutonium Sox: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18rThere’s no such thing as a bad pantomime at Malvern Theatres, but this year’s is a corker. Big name stars, catchy music and a bucketload of fun. In fact, we all agreed that this year’s panto was the best we’ve seen. And we’ve seen each and every one for the past six years.

We meet Snow White briefly as a child, learning the sad tale of her mother and father’s death. She ends up as a slave to her wicked stepmother, the Queen, with only her best friend Muddles to keep her company.

The Queen is desperate to marry Prince Frederick, and summons him to meet her. When he runs into Snow White in the wood, the story takes a dark twist, with the Queen determined to see Snow White dead.

• Continue reading at Plutonium Sox.

Hereford Tmes: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18bbMalvern Theatres delights with this year’s seasonal treat of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which has all the ingredients you need for an excellent pantomime.

Mark James returns to the theatre as Muddles after his popular portrayal of Buttons in last year’s Cinderella. He steals the show with his silly humour, jokes for the adults and general slapstick performance, including his “Granny” walk.

James plays the best friend of Snow White, played beautifully by Francesca McKean.

Both Snow White and the Prince, played by Aidan Banyard, are both accomplished singers and it was a pleasure to watch them both on stage.

• Continue reading at the Hereford Times.

Malvern Gazette: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18zNot just a case of curtain calls, it was perhaps also a case of destiny calling for the young actor playing Snow White in this year’s Malvern pantomime.

For opportunity has quite obviously knocked twice for Francesca McKean. At the age of eight, she performed in her very first panto as a dwarf in her home town’s production of Snow White… and now, 14 years on, she’s making her graduate debut in the title role of a truly fabulous festive feast of fun and frolics.

And what a Christmas cracker of a performance from a young professional who’s not long out of stage school… the ultimate panto heroine, only the hardest of hearts could fail to melt when her achingly tragic voice rattles the rafters and shakes the chandeliers.

But that’s as it should be, for she’s got Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen to contend with, a battleship of a baddie who steams out of the murk and mists with all guns blasting.

• Continue reading at the Malvern Gazette.

Entertainment Views: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18sOur pantomime season has kicked off late this year, however the first of the festive treats that we’ve been able to attend has surely set the bar high, as a five star extravaganza and perfect family pantomime – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres is not to be missed.

Starring the wonder that is Hi De Hi! star, Su Pollard, as the Wicked Queen, the show transported me back to the traditional pantomimes I was brought up watching. Thanks to exceptional comedy performances from Pollard, Mark James as Muddles and Philip Meeks as Dolly, there were plenty of laughs to be had and the jokes worked on every level, too. My four year old son all but rolled in the aisles with mirth at the physical comedy from Mark James, while I was entertained by the tongue in cheek, political references and occasional overt smut from Philip Meeks who shone in an amazing array of outfits! He was certainly the mistress of quick changes too.

Francesca McKean was a gentile and sweet Snow White, she was the epitome of easy-going, naive Princess. Aidan Banyard possessed the stance, winning smile and qualities of the dashing Prince. The Dwarfs were all glorious, too with Soppy (Charlotte Fawbert) being my favourite. However it was Pollard who stole the show, a wicked laugh like no other, commanding the stage in her unique way and her vocal ability when it came to the musical numbers was quite extraordinary.

• Continue reading at Entertainment Views.

Birmingham Mail: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18pSnow White panto at Malvern Theatres – what we thought of the show Su Pollard stars in this year’s panto

Hi-de-ho-ho-ho! It’s panto time at Malvern Theatres and this year’s show stars Su Pollard. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is great fun for all the family. Malvern Theatres has a formula that works for panto – and so they revisit it year after year as it’s what everyone wants.

Back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles. He absolutely steals the show and gets everyone laughing straight away. My two boys were literally rolling in their seats with belly laughs. This is a traditional panto with plenty of ‘Oh no, he’s nots’ and ‘it’s behind yous!’

My favourite bit was when they did the 12 Days of Christmas and it all went wrong – with loo rolls being flung into the audience, wigs flying off and water pistols being squirted into the auditorium! As ever there were plenty of local references, such as the threat of being ‘banished to Worcester’ and the prince coming from Flyford Flavell.

• Continue reading at the Birmingham Mail.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18fJoyful treat for all the family

Now you know that Christmas is really about to burst upon us. ’Tis the season to be jolly with opportunities to see Santa in schools, stores and elsewhere, visits to heritage steam railway lines offering special festive rides, and there’s also the many special celebratory services in our churches to ensure we remember the real meaning of Christmas.

And, of course, it’s also time for pantomimes… Oh yes it is! Over the years Malvern’s Festival Theatre has built up a deserved reputation for the fun its pantos dish out for children and adults alike, and Snow White is no exception. Possibly it has even surpassed all that has gone before.

It’s a truly traditional offering with a host of side dishes in terms of colourful costumes, a lively up-to-date script, a first rate cast – all of whom can deliver a song, and it’s also the chance for everyone in the audience to let their hair down booing the villain, cheering the hero and having oodles of chortling with the panto dame and her manic son.

• Continue reading at the Bromsgrove Advertiser.