It's a rock ’n’ roll Christmas in Stafford

The stars have been locked away in rehearsals for weeks – but their time in the spotlight has finally arrived as Stafford’s pantomime opens today.

This stellar line-up of actor/musicians this week previewed their production of a rock ’n’ roll version of family favourite Sleeping Beauty. Show producer Derrick Gask said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start. It’s very exciting now that rehearsals have started. We have an incredibly talented cast and we can’t wait to bring another rock ’n’ roll Christmas to the county.”

Bosses at the theatre say almost half of the tickets for the show’s month-long run have been sold. More than 10,000 tickets have been snapped up for the spectacular since they went on sale at the start of the year. Songs featured in the show include Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, James Brown’s Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag and many, many more.

Sleeping Beauty is directed by Paulette Randall, who is best known for her work as the associate director of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies.

“The rock ’n’ roll panto is one of the most exciting projects we work on each year and we would love to share this energy with our audience and theatre enthusiasts everywhere,” said Emma Hogan, press and marketing officer at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. 

“We’re inviting people to get involved and share their take on this classic fairy tale.

“Christmas always brings out our desire to play and enjoy life’s simple pleasures and this is an opportunity to do just that. 

“We’d love it if the audience would embrace this game and contribute to making the story of this year’s panto their own.” Stafford Gatehouse is one of only five theatres in the country that stage a rock ’n’ roll pantomime. The show runs until January 11.

Anyone who would like to help the puppet version of Sleeping Beauty on her travels can contact Emma Hogan by email on ehogan@staffordbc.gov.uk or by tweeting the Gatehouse on #staffordpanto

More information about the panto cast, performace times and ticket prices is available at www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

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