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The Great Malvern Christmas Festival 2018

November 12th, 2018

Don’t miss… the Great Malvern Christmas Festival on Saturday 24th November. Panto stars Su Pollard and Mark James will be joining the parade and switching on the Christmas Lights! Oh yes they will! (Photo © Malvern Theatres)

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Snow White at Malvern Theatres: Coming Soon!

November 8th, 2018

Malvern Theatres’ fantastic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promo leaflet – Not long now until Su’s panto for 2018 begins, with rehearsals starting very soon. Please click below for more info and links to book tickets.

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Free Radio: Win Tickets to Malvern Theatres Panto

November 8th, 2018

snowwhite18lHeigh ho, heigh ho! It’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!   Free Radio are giving you the chance to win tickets to the most magical pantomime of them all… Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres on Sunday 16th December.

Not only will you get to take your family to see this spectacular show starring the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, but we’ll also give you money to spend in the Bistro.

• Click below for more details at Free Radio.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Cast Talk Panto

October 28th, 2018

Su and the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cast talk panto and the forthcoming Malvern Theatres’ production in this short clip. The panto opens in just over six weeks.

Entertainment Views Interviews: Su Pollard

October 24th, 2018

snowwhite18kEntertainment Views Interviews: Star of Malvern Theatres’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… Su Pollard

Actress Su Pollard has long been a favourite performer of mine, both on screen and in her various stage roles. As a pantomime villain she’s second to none so I was delighted to hear she was going to play the Wicked Queen in Malvern Theatres’ pantomime this year, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Here, Su tells me why she thinks that pantomime remains a popular tradition at Christmas and we chat about her appearance in the ITV reality television programme ‘Last Laugh In Vegas‘.

Thank you for talking to Entertainment Views, Su – what do you love about pantomime?
I like panto because it’s a real tradition and I believe that traditional theatre should keep going as long as possible. In the same way that people love Shakespeare, so many people love panto. You’re never too old to get into the spirit of it all. I like it when the kids are screaming and that they’re allowed to be noisy, in other instances they’d be expected to be on their best behaviour. If I don’t make at least one child cry then I think I’ve failed in my job! I love it when a child gets carried out, result!

So you enjoy being the baddie then?
Oh I do love playing the baddie and scaring the children, but it’s important that everybody goes home happy and feels they’ve had value for money.

• Continue reading at Entertainment Views.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs: Baby Shark!

October 16th, 2018

Ba…by shark! Doo doo, doo doo doo doo!

Check out the spectacular Snow White panto cast doing the Baby Shark song.

Malvern Gazette: Let’s Say Hi-de-Hi Again

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18kLet’s say hi-de-hi again to national treasure Su

Su Pollard leans back in the chair, her face breaking into the kind of smile that seems to suggest she’s known you all her life.

You’ve hardly sat down, but she’s already delivering that big Nottinghamshire welcome treatment, those long, drawn-out east Midlands vowels immediately making you feel at home.

There isn’t any trace of weariness in her voice, which is all rather remarkable, because the star of a string of iconic television sitcoms is still very much living and working in the fast lane.

Su’s starring in this year’s Malvern Theatres pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and quite obviously can’t wait to hear all that barrage of boos and hisses as she plays the part of the Wicked Queen to the full and then some.

‘Legend’ is a much-used word. But in the case of Su Pollard, the epithet is richly deserved. The star of television’s Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord and Oh, Dr Beeching has been a household name for more than three decades, so Worcestershire panto fanatics will be in for a real treat.

• Continue reading at the Malvern Gazette.

Ludlow Advertiser: Snow White’s the Malvern Panto

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18iMalvern Theatres has announced more details about this year’s panto at the venue, which will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

A spokesman said: “Hi ho, hi ho! It’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!

“This spectacular production stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyard as the Prince, Philips Meeks as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles!

“Join us for a magical adventure with a beautiful Princess, the jealous Wicked Queen, an enchanted mirror and a dashing Prince; with a little help along the way from the Muddles, Nursie and of course the Seven Dwarfs…

• Continue reading at the Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser.

British Theatre Guide: Su Signs Up For Snow White

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18jSu Pollard will play the Wicked Queen in Malvern Theatres’ 2018 panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Francesca McKean will play Snow White, Aiden Banyard will be the Prince, Philips Meeks takes the role of Nursie and Mark James plays Muddles.

The pantomime is produced by UK Productions. There will be a full supporting cast including children from dance school the Cecilia Hall Dance Centre.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Malvern Theatres from Thursday 13 December until Sunday 6 January 2019.

• Continue reading at the British Theatre Guide.

Redditch Advertiser: Loads Of Laughter In Store

September 25th, 2018

snowwhite18fOnce it was ‘Hi-De-Hi’, but now it’s going to be very much a case of ‘Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho’ for one of the favourite characters from the famous holiday camp comedy series in which she played Peggy – the staff chalet maid.

Afficionados of the hugely popular television series won’t need reminding that Peggy Ollerenshaw was played by the always effervescent, if not zany, Su Pollard. Now Su is about to play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which will be the festive pantomime at Malvern’s Festival Theatre over the Christmas period.

And she was in town this week to help launch the panto along with fellow cast members.

Throughout the 58 episodes of Hi-De-Hi, Su’s character had aspirations to become a Maplin’s Yellowcoat but now she will be wearing costumes far more colourful and outrageous – much like her outgoing personality.

She was the life and soul of the launch and Malvern audiences will be in for a real treat with her in this form.

Born and raised in Nottingham and very proud of her roots, she has been ‘treading the boards’ – first performing in clubs – since she was 15 years old. Su says she is delighted to be returning to Malvern.

• Continue reading at the Redditch and Alcester Advertiser. Click below for further info and to book tickets. (Photos © Redditch Advertiser)

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Snow White @ Malvern Theatres: Panto Launch Photos

September 25th, 2018

Great photos from last week’s launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Su will play the Wicked Queen at Malvern Theatres this forthcoming festive season. Keep an eye on Malvern Theatres’ Twitter for info, photos and updates leading up to the panto opening. (Photos © Malvern Theatres)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Book Now!

April 15th, 2018

As previously announced, Su is playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres this Christmas. The venue is offering panto-goers the opportunity to book early – before 31st August – and receive a 10% discount off your ticket price. Please click below to visit Malvern Theatres’ website for further info. Su’s most recent panto at Malvern Theatres was back at Christmas 2007.

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The spectacular family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 13th December 2018 – 6th January 2019: A magical show for all the family, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen. Back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James who will play Muddles. Further cast to be announced! Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 2018 @ Malvern Theatres

February 22nd, 2018

snowwhite18bIt’s almost March, the perfect time to confirm details for Su’s panto for Christmas 2018!!!

THE SPECTACULAR FAMILY PANTOMIME
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS!

13th December 2018 – 6th January 2019

A magical show for all the family, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen.

Back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James who will play Muddles. Further cast to be announced!

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!

• Browse further info/Book tickets at Malvern Theatres. (Receive 10% off tickets when you book before 31st August 2018)

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Bucks Free Press: Snow White Review

December 23rd, 2017

snowwhite17kkAnother fantastic review for Snow White, this one from Bucks Free Press.

PANTO REVIEW: Snow White at the Aylesbury Waterside proved a massive hit

If a panto’s success is judged by the decibels of the squeals of delight emanating from the children in the audience then Snow White at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a massive hit.

The cast member most often initiating the audience participation was Muddles, played quite honestly to panto perfection by Andy Collins, a veteran TV warm-up man who is best known locally as a presenter on BBC Three Counties Radio. His twinkly-eyed, comedic, cheerful chappy approach to the role endeared him to kids and adults alike. The grown-ups even forgave him for drenching them with water pistols in the hilarious 12 Days of Christmas routine.

… There are several statements which could be used to describe Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard. Mad as a bag of frogs, slightly bonkers, charmingly eccentric and add to the list perfect for panto! She seemed to revel in being booed and was convincingly menacing as the wicked queen, but she did it in such a way that I couldn’t help but like her (this was a long way from the glam wicked queen). When she pitched up on stage in a leopard skin print shorts and skimpy top with her skinny legs, big glasses and bewildered look on her face to proposition the Prince (the charming Jon Moses) I almost wanted her to succeed!

• Continue reading at Bucks Free Press. Read more reviews of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs here.