Have you heard?  It’s been confirmed that Harrogate Theatre’s loveable comic character Tim Steadman is back to perform in his 20th Harrogate Theatre’s Magical Family Pantomime. Every year we are asked all year round by many people whether Tim will be back and it’s always lovely to be able to confirm it. This year he’ll play the part of Happy Harry in the classic story of Snow White. None of us can quite believe he’s been with us in Harrogate for 20 consecutive years of panto. I hope we can make sure 2019 is his best year yet!

We’ve started to announce this year’s cast week by week over on Facebook and we’ve got one more cast member still to announce. If you haven’t been following, here’s what you’ve missed so far:

  • For the title role of Snow White we are thrilled to announce the fabulous Zelina Rebeiro. This is will be Zelina's first time performing with us so let’s give her a huge Harrogate welcome.
  • We’re always delighted to welcome back the fantastic Howard Chadwick, and he’s here again for 2019. Those of you who’ve been coming to panto over the years will know Howard well, most recently from Jack and the Beanstalk. This time around Howard will be playing No Nonsense Nora the Nanny – no doubt with some rather special outfits as an extra treat!
  • Our Evil Queen will be played by another familiar Harrogate Theatre face - the superb Polly Smith, who spent a lot of time on our stage last year, both in Panto and HT Rep 2018.
  • We are also thrilled to welcome Pamela Dwyer back to Harrogate for pantomime this year. You may have last seen Pamela in 2015's Aladdin? In Snow White Pamela will play Ruby Rainbow/ Hunter the Handyman and we can't wait to have her back in the building.

In this year’s pantomime we join Snow White and a host of great characters for the adventure of a lifetime, as they travel through a forest to the diamond mines on a quest to defeat the spells and enchantments of the Evil Queen.

Every year Harrogate Theatre’s pantomime is a real festive treat for local families, and one not to be missed. Opening on 27th November and running through until 19th January 2020, many popular dates are now fully sold out or are on the last few remaining seats. I hope we’ll see lots of you there.

 First published in the Harrogate Advertiser on Thursday 3 October.