Albert Halls panto cast revealed

The Bolton News: Aston Dobson Aston Dobson

THE all-star line-up of this year’s pantomime at The Albert Halls has been revealed.

International singing star Aston Dobson will take the lead role of Prince Karl in Cinderella.

The member of the Twelve Tenors and a professional solo perform-er will join popular Bolton entertainer Stu Francis, who will return as Buttons.

Cinderella will be played by Lucia Matisse, who played the Princess in the Albert Halls’ pantomime Aladdin in 2010 and is currently starring in the touring production of Bless ’em All.

There will be a double dose of comedy pairings in the form of Darrock and Howe as the Ugly Sisters and The Harper Brothers as Bill and Ben.

Roger Darrock and Stephen Howe are well known as one of the best ugly sister partnerships in the panto business, and The Harper Brothers, Rob and Darren, are sons of Bobby Ball, of Cannon and Ball fame.

Bolton Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services, Cllr John Byrne, said: “Families look forward to the annual pantomime at The Albert Halls all year and it’s exciting to know that we’ve got a host of talent lined-up for this year’s show.

“It will be hard to beat last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk as it was fantastic, but Cinderella is a firm favourite with all ages and the variety of singing, dancing and comedy on offer is sure to make it a success.”

Cinderella runs at The Albert Halls, Bolton, from November 29, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale. Visit alberthalls-bolton.co.uk or telephone the box office on 01204 334400.

The show will be produced by Duggie Chapman Associates.

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8:46am Fri 25 Apr 14

marco999 says...

'All star' line up? I barely remember Stu Francis - didn't he have a catchphrase back in the 70's? Well if the jokes are as past it as the cast are then I don't think I'll bother this year. 'Oh no he won't'
'All star' line up? I barely remember Stu Francis - didn't he have a catchphrase back in the 70's? Well if the jokes are as past it as the cast are then I don't think I'll bother this year. 'Oh no he won't' marco999
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11:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

trotter1874 says...

I once saw Jim Davidson and John Virgo appearing in panto at the Palace Theater in Manchester. It cost three times as much as you'd pay in Bolton and it was the biggest load of rubbish you've ever seen....... and there's the lesson.......big names are not always a reliable indicator of a good show!
I once saw Jim Davidson and John Virgo appearing in panto at the Palace Theater in Manchester. It cost three times as much as you'd pay in Bolton and it was the biggest load of rubbish you've ever seen....... and there's the lesson.......big names are not always a reliable indicator of a good show! trotter1874
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2:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Nice little cash cow for Stu Francis once a year. Fair play to him.
Nice little cash cow for Stu Francis once a year. Fair play to him. I, Ludicrous
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2:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Ann previous Holt says...

We have been going to the panto with our granddaughter every year for the last ten years, Stu Francis is brilliant. Pant is not the same without him.
We have been going to the panto with our granddaughter every year for the last ten years, Stu Francis is brilliant. Pant is not the same without him. Ann previous Holt
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