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Aylesbury Vale DC: Panto stars to Illuminate Aylesbury’s Town Centre

November 5th, 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and nothing marks the start of the festive season better than the annual Aylesbury Light Switch On in Market Square on Thursday 16 November.

Mirror, mirror on the wall – we have the wickedest line-up of them all! Star of this year’s must-see pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Su Pollard is taking to the stage to hit the button, alongside fellow cast mates Andy Collins and larger-than-life La Voix – returning due to popular demand.

Su said: “I’m honoured to have been invited to turn on the town’s Christmas lights. Aylesbury’s going to be my Christmas home, so it will be a true pleasure to light up the town and see lots of the locals turning out en masse. I can’t wait to work up the crowd! As Wicked Queen, I won’t go home happy until I’ve heard a load of boos and cheers. This is will be the perfect warm up to the panto run!”

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The Christmas lights switch-on event, hosted by Mix96 and managed by the Town Centre Partnership, will take place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Aylesbury’s Market Square along with a funfair in Kingsbury. There will be a wide range of street food available, including hand-made pizza, hot chestnuts, German sausages, savoury crepes, Cadbury’s flavoured hot chocolate and fudge! The lights will be switched on at 7pm and will be followed by a glittering fireworks display.

• Continue reading at Aylesbury Vale District Council. Book tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs here. (Photo © Aylesbury Vale DC/Aylesbury Waterside Theatre)

Bucks Herald: Snow White Panto Stars Announced

May 29th, 2017

snowwhite17cAndy Collins, La Voix and Su Pollard announced as Snow White Panto Stars this December

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and UK Productions are pleased to confirm the return of BBC 3 Counties Breakfast Show presenter Andy Collins and glam icon La Voix, in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fri 8 – Sun 31 Dec.

No stranger to Christmas at the Waterside, this will be Andy’s 7th family pantomime, and once more he will be owning the stage with his trademark humour, (and no doubt some pots and pans!) playing the loveable Muddles.

… Also starring the previously announced Su Pollard playing Wicked Queen, and a team of the cheekiest dwarfs in the business, if you’re looking for the ultimate escape this December, look no further! Grab your shovel and your pick and book now for this year’s magical, must-see family pantomime. Call 0844 871 7607 (calls 7p per min plus you’re phone company’s access charge) or visit www.atgtickets.com/Aylesbury

• Continue reading at the Bucks Herald.

Bucks Free Press: Su Pollard at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

March 28th, 2017

bfp17aComedy legend Su Pollard lined up for Christmas panto treat at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Comedy legend Su Pollard will star in Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s Christmas pantomime later this year, it has been announced.

The Hi-de-Hi actress will play the wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and is looking forward to performing in Bucks in December. She said: “Brace yourselves, Aylesbury! I love panto, and can’t wait to whip you all up into a festive frenzy.”

• Continue reading at Bucks Free Press.

Panto 2017: Su at Aylesbury Waterside

March 17th, 2017

panto14vYes, we know it feels like last year’s panto has only just finished! Press reports on Su’s panto for Christmas 2017 are already being published, and here are just a few:

Bucks Herald: Hi De Hi! Su Pollard will star as the Wicked Queen in this year’s Aylesbury Waterside panto: Su Pollard, will be playing this year’s booable baddie, the Wicked Queen, in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fri 8 – Sun 31 Dec. A legend within the showbiz industry with over four decades of experience under her belt and a huge wealth of starring roles on stage and TV – Continue reading…

Mix 96: Su Pollard wants to be ‘fairest of them all’: Comedian and actress Su Pollard will be playing the role of the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this Christmas. The showbiz legend has over 4 decades of experience, and is best known for her roles in roles in the sitcoms Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!, amongst many others – Continue reading…

Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser: Hi De Hi! Su Pollard will star as the Wicked Queen in this year’s Aylesbury Waterside panto: With further casting to be announced, panto fans are urged to grab their shovel and their pick and book now for this year’s magical family pantomime – Visit www.atgtickets.com/Aylesbury.

Su Talks Panto: Su said she was looking forward to coming to Bucks. She said: “Brace yourselves Aylesbury! I love panto, and can’t wait to whip you all up into a festive frenzy. It may only be spring but I’m expecting you to practise your boos and polish up your hisses – I like audiences loud and proud, it’s going to be wicked!”

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Vera Lynn @ 100: Rehearsals with Miss SU POLLARD!

March 12th, 2017

Rehearsals are underway for the big night! The fabulous Su Pollard in rehearsals with Rhys Harding, Josh Baker, Bradley Salter and Louis Clarke-Clare from Birds College. Afternoon of fun with Su, loving her number with the boys. watch out for Su on’ Lorraine’ on the 16th March! For tickets seetickets.com. Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday celebration London Palladium, March 18th, curtain up 7.30.

• Browse more great photos from the rehearsals at antonyjohns.co.uk. (Photo © antonyjohns.co.uk)

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BT: Su Can’t Wait For Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday Bash

February 26th, 2017

btcom17aSu Pollard can’t wait to return to the stage for Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday bash   The actress shares everything she loves about Dame Vera … and Little Mix!

Su Pollard has said she is looking forward to returning to the stage as she takes part in a special performance celebrating the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn.

The Hi-de-Hi! star will give a rendition of the wartime singer’s I’m Gonna Get Lit Up (When The Lights Go On In London) for the special one-off show at London’s Palladium next month.

• Continue reading at bt.com. See further info on Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday Tribute Show here.

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Kent Online: Snow White Raises Thousands for Hospice

February 1st, 2017

kentonline17aThe Assembly Hall Theatre’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, raises thousands for the Hospice in the Weald

Generous panto punters raised more than £7,000 for a local charity during the Christmas and New Year run in Tunbridge Wells. The funds were raised for the Pembury-based Heart of Kent Hospice at performances of the Assembly Hall Theatre panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which starred Su Pollard of 80s sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

The annual collection came to £7,320.61, raised from  bucket collections at the end of each performance during the three-week run.

The hospice provides compassionate, individual, holistic and supportive care for patients with a terminal illness, their families, and carers in west Kent and East Sussex. The money raised could pay for pre or post-bereavement counselling sessions for 20 patients or family members who are seeking additional support.

Beth Swarbrigg, from the hospice, said: “The theatre has been supporting Hospice in the Weald for over 18 years and we are delighted that once again the theatre has chosen the Hospice to benefit from their annual pantomime collection.

• Continue reading at Kent Online.

Camden New Journal: Su Cuts The Cake at Highgate Theatre

January 19th, 2017

camdennj17aHi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard cuts the cake as Highgate theatre celebrates 19th birthday

It was a hi-de-hi-de-happy birthday for one of the borough’s best-loved theatres on Sunday with sitcom actress Su Pollard on hand to cut the cake.

The Upstairs At The Gatehouse theatre in Highgate village turned 19 years old at a party held after the matinee performance of its five-star production of Anything Goes.

Every year the theatre hands out a HUGO – it stands for “Highgate Upstairs at the Gatehouse Oscar” – award to somebody who has helped with the playhouse’s success. This year, the glass gong went to producer Katy Lipson, who was thanked for the quality of shows she has brought to the theatre. She returns with That’s Jewish Entertainment next month.

Ms Pollard, who starred in Hi-De-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord?, said: “Theatres like this are special. They bring people to see fantastic shows and fantastic casts.”

• Continue reading at the Camden New Journal.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Reviews

December 23rd, 2016

There have been some fantastic reviews of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs since the panto launched almost a fortnight ago, with much praise being heaped on the cast and production. Click below to read them all – with previews and links to the full reviews.

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Times of Tunbridge Wells: Celebrate New Year’s Eve

December 23rd, 2016

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Thinking of going out on December 31? Then let the Times be your guide. In part one of our selection of the best things to see – or be seen at – we highlight the finest restaurants and family events…

Fantastic Family Fun: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Pantomime is an absolute must at Christmas and New Year and if you want to see the New Year in the funniest way then head along to the Assembly Hall and enjoy all the laughs to be had at this brilliant afternoon performance which stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, Jamie Rickers as Muddles, Millie Booth as Snow White and Jamie Steen as Nursie. True fun for all the family! Starting at 1pm tickets cost from £23.50. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

• Continue reading at the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

Snow White 2016: Receiving Great Reviews!

December 21st, 2016

snowwhite16vSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells is going great guns, and receiving praise and great feedback from theatregoers, and press…

An absolutely outstanding performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with an exceptionally funny and talented cast“: What’s Good To Do

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is brimming with laugh-out-loud moments “: My Tunbridge Wells

This production has several superb sets, many marvellous melodies and cleverly constructed characters.”: The Sussex Newspaper

All in all, a great success“:  Muddy Stilettos

If you are looking for a pantomime that has something for everyone book to see Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. You won’t regret it.“: Inside Kent

Mum’s The Word: Snow White Review

December 21st, 2016

snowwhite16ttHere at Mum’s the Word we love a pantomime – in fact in our younger years we used to appear in one every Christmas (but that’s another story!!!) – so going to the panto definitely signifies the start of the festive season for us!

We were extremely excited to drag the children away from the play station and go out as a family to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs last week and we certainly weren’t disappointed! The show was all singing, all dancing and full of LOL (laugh out loud) moments from start to finish with a good smattering of ‘he’s behind you’ ‘Oh yes he is, oh no he isn’t’ to please the most avid panto goer!

For me the stand out performance was by the legendary Su Pollard… as a child of the 80s – I remember her well as Peggy from Hi-de-Hi fame, but I had no idea she had a belter of a voice! She made a brilliant Wicked Queen and was evil and comedic in equal measure. I also loved the panto dame Nursie, who’s wardrobe was really quite extraordinary!!!

• Continue reading at Mum’s The Word. (Review by Laura Swann)

Inside Kent: Snow White Review

December 20th, 2016

insidekent16aSnow White at The Assembly Hall Is A Proper Panto – Oh Yes It Is!

There is nothing quite as traditionally Christmassy as a proper panto. What’s a proper panto? It’s one with a handsome prince, a pretty heroine, a horrible baddie, a hilarious dame, a lovelorn best friend, loads of silly songs, plenty of slapstick comedy, and a few jokes just for the mums and dads thrown in for good measure.

And that’s exactly what you get with Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.

… When it comes to a good panto, the cast is all-important. In Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs we have some of the best. Su Pollard as the wicked queen stands out as being one of the funniest, evilest baddies I’ve seen on stage for a long time – with a variety of dresses that have to be seen to be believed (and remember, ‘Don’t touch the frock; leave the frock alone!’) and some rather interesting wigs, she has a presence that captivates. Little children love her, despite the fact that she attempts to murder the lovely Snow White, because she really does have a star quality that shines through. It takes someone special to be a good baddie, and Su Pollard is that person. From her magnificent opening number through to her comeuppance, she is thrillingly good value.

• Continue reading at Inside Kent.

Kent Live: 21 Festive Things To Do

December 20th, 2016

kentlive16b21 things to do with the family between Christmas and New Year in Kent

The period between Christmas and New Year can feel a little strange, and you may want to get out of the house if you’ve spent days watching the telly with mince pies.

The children are on their school holidays, and parents may be looking for ways to keep them entertained for the rest of the break. From ice skating to pantomimes, we have put together a list of family days out suggestions for the quiet period between Christmas and New Year.

Pantomimes: The festive period wouldn’t be the same without shouts of “it’s behind you” or “oh no it isn’t” echoing around the theatres of Kent. Here are the pantomimes in Kent this year:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells until January 2
The family pantomime stars Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, Jamie Rickers as Muddles, Millie Booth as Snow White and Jamie Steen as Nursie. UK Productions bring you Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with sparkling sets, beautiful costumes, hilarious antics, wonderful special effects and loads of sing-along, laugh-along fun.

• Continue reading at Kent Live.