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The Theatre Royal Bath is delighted to announce that Olivier Award-winning theatre and television star NICHOLA McAULIFFE will take centre stage alongside Dame extraordinaire CHRIS HARRIS in this year’s family pantomime, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.  The cast will also feature Bath’s own JON MONIE as Muddles and SEVEN SMALL ACTORS playing the roles of Snow White’s friends and protectors, when the classic fairy-story is staged for only the second time ever in the Theatre Royal’s illustrious pantomime history from Thursday 13 December to Sunday 13 January.

Multi award-winning actress NICHOLA McAULIFFE brings a wealth of experience to the role of Wicked Queen; not only has she starred as the evil Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End, a role for which she was Olivier-nominated, she also won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical for her lead role as Kate in the RSC’s West End production of Kiss Me Kate.  On television, she starred as surgeon Sheila Sabatini in seven series of the popular sitcom Surgical Spirit, played Anita in Coronation Street and appeared in guest roles in My Family, Holby City and Doctor Who.  With many award-winning stage performances to her credit, she won the Clarence Derwent Award for the RSC’s Poppy; the Manchester Evening News Award for Peter Hall’s production of The Wild Duck and the Edinburgh Stage Award for Alan Bennett’s Bed Among the Lentils, which played Bath in 2000. Her film credits include Stephen Frears’s Cheri, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates. She wrote the play A British Subject, which she performed at the Edinburgh Festival, in New York, and in the West End. Previously at the Theatre Royal Bath, Nichola memorably reprised her hilarious West End role as Katisha in The Mikado for Carl Rosa Opera in 2011 and starred as Marjorie in The Peter Hall Company’s acclaimed production of Home in 2009.  She recently played the lead role in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, which toured to Bath in June. This summer, Nichola wrote and starred in the world premiere of her new play Maurice’s Jubilee and became the first performer to win Best Actress at The Edinburgh Stage Awards for Acting Excellence for a second time.

The West’s best-loved Dame CHRIS HARRIS will star as Nurse Nelly and also direct the show.  An institution in the world of panto, Chris Harris has performed in pantomimes across the South West for over 30 years and 2012 marks his 12th consecutive year on stage in Bath’s Christmas show.  His rapport with audiences and expert knowledge of this traditional art-form has made him one of the UK’s favourite Dames.  During his career as an actor, writer and director, Chris has also toured to 58 countries with his 6 one-man shows, including Kemp’s Jig.  He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, and on television in roles for BBC and ITV.  Based in Bristol, Chris is a regular visiting lecturer and director for Bristol Old VicTheatre School and is sought after as a lecturer and director across the UK and abroad.

JON MONIE returns to the Theatre Royal to play Muddles this Christmas with the mischievous comedy and hilarious antics which have made him a huge favourite with Bath’s pantomime audiences.  His previous roles include Idle Jack in last year’s Dick Whittington; Wishee Washee in Aladdin in 2010; Muddles in Sleeping Beauty in 2009; Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2008; and Dolly, one of the ugliest ugly sisters ever in Cinderella in 2006. An award-winning stand-up comedian and experienced television presenter, his previous pantomime credits also include Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

The role of Snow White will be played by LAURA CLEMENTS, who delighted Bath audiences last year when she appeared as Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington; the roles of her seven friends and protectors will be played by seven small actors, including JAMIE JOHN and LAURA WHITFIELD from Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves. Ben Harlow plays the role of the Prince.  His many stage credits include the role of Gaston in the international tour of Beauty and the Beast, which visited Bath in 2009; he appeared as the Butler in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a role he reprised in Bath in 2000; and performed in the original international stage tour of Mamma Mia!.  Also featuring in this year’s pantomime are the delightful young dancers from Bath’s DOROTHY COLEBORN SCHOOL OF DANCE.

Snow White is based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm and was made popular by Disney in 1937 in the first ever feature-length cartoon which became the biggest box office hit of its time. It has only ever been performed once before at the Theatre Royal – in the 1991/92 panto season.

When the magic mirror declares Snow White to be ‘the fairest of them all’, her wicked stepmother flies into a jealous rage and demands her death. The beautiful princess is forced to flee to safety at the home of the seven dwarfs, but she is followed by a curious old crone who arrives at the door selling apples. This magical fairy-tale features all the classic pantomime ingredients; a beautiful princess trying to escape the clutches of a wicked queen and a handsome prince who comes to her rescue.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs follows hot on the heels of last year’s highly acclaimed Bath pantomime Dick Whittington. For Christmas 2012, UK Productions returns to present another sensational seasonal treat for both the young and the young at heart. Packed with comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is set to thrill West Country audiences as this traditional family pantomime makes a welcome return to the Bath stage.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 13 December 2012 to Sunday 13 January 2013. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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