Pantomime - 2001 Nottingham - Brochure
Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball are one of Britaisn funniest and most successful double acts. In a career spanning over 30 years they have achieved a string of honours that includes them among the all-time greats in show-business.
On television they have starred in their own series practically evey year since 1979. They have also 'guested' on all the major shows including Wogan, Parkinson, Des O'Connor, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and several Royal Variety Shows. They featured in a BBC documentary Funny Business which also included footage of comedy legends Martin and Lewis, Laurel and Hardy and Morecambe and Wise.
To add to their pedigree they remain the only act to have won three seperate National Club Awards and be named as the variety club's 'Personalities of the Year'. Thier feature film The Boys In Blue, in addition to its cinema success, has gone on to become a video best seller. The boys have also been the subject of This is Your Life!
During the 1970's they built a strong reputation around the UK cabaret club circuit for being a great live act. They also toured extensively in the hotel circuits of Australia and South Africa. Tom and Bob have broken records in theatres all over the UK, including London. In 1981 they played a six week season at the Dominion Theatre. Every seat was sold before the show opened, and in 1988 their pantomime Babes in the Wood broke all previous pantomime records at the world-famous London Palladium, where Cannon and Ball created the record for the largest box office amount taken in one week in British theatre history.
Rock with Laughter 96 fulfilled Tommy and Bobby's ambition to star in their own Rock 'n' Roll spectacular, their first summer season for producers Qdos Entertainment plc, formerly AMG.
After an extensive Autumn tour and a trip to Israel, the boys played the Chinese Policemen in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and again at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.
They have appeared on many major TV shows including The Des O'Connor Show, Noel Edmonds House Party, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Generation Game.
In the spring of 1999 the boys appeared at various theatres across the country starring in An evening at the Music Hall whilst continuing their tour of An Audience With.
The boys played to full houses during their summer season in 1999 at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, the season was one of the most successful summers Blackpool has ever had!
The 1999/2000 pantomime season saw the boys play the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent for the production Cinderella, co-starring Melinda Messanger and Britt Ekland.
The early part of 2000 saw the boys starring and touring in various shows throughout the UK's theatres. Summer season 2000 featured the successful Comedy Bonanza show (which broke box-office records) at Torquay and Bournemouth. Tommy and Bobby spend Christmas in Bradford starring in Aladdin alongside Tricia Penrose and Khulvindar Ghir.
Even after nearly 30 years of making people laugh, Tommy and Bobby are still enjoying every minute and are looking forward to entertaining for many years to come.
Tricia has played the role of Gina Ward in Heartbeat since 1992.
Tricia first found fame at the age of 14 starring as Damon Grant's girlfriend in Brookside. She then appeared in Boon for Central Television, and further acting roles included Split Ends and How to Be Cool for Granada Television. Cresta Run for Park Village, Katy's Story for WDR Germany, Isn't Life a Pain for S4C Wales and Help for the BBC
Tricias most recent television work includes roles in hit programmes such as Medics, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. She also appeared in Terraces for the BBC and Coasting for Granada Television, and in a special feature for This Morning With Richard and Judy called 'Pardon My French'.
Tricia had a fantastic time appearing a Lisa Stansfield in Granada Television's Celebrity Starts in Their Eyes, and her performance attracted over 17 million viewers!
Tricia has extensive musical experience. Before joining the Heartbeat cast she fronted a band that toured the club circuit, and she often performs at charity events and corporate nights. Tricia's cover version of the Supremes classic 'Where Did Our Love Go', as featured on Heartbeat, was a hit single in December 1996, and she would love to pursue the musical side of her career further.
The 1998/99 pantomime season saw Tricia play the lead in Snow White at the Tameside Hippodrome, a role she reprised for the 1999/2000 season at Billingham Forum Theatre. Last Christmas she played the Princess in Aladdin at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. She is delighted to be taking the title role in this production of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
Michael is probably best known for his portrayal of Trevor, the sherry-drinking neighbour in BBC TV's No Place Like Home. He has appeared in a wide range of popular television shows including Casualty, The Dave Allen Show, Yes Minister, Two Ronnies, Terry and June, Are You Being Served?, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Dad's Army, The Benny Hill Show, Mike Yarwood, Little and Large and The Kenny Everett Show. As well as these credits he also recently appeared in The Alexei Sayle Show, Murder Most Horrid, Close Relations, Prince Among Men and Out of Sight for Carlton.
Theatre includes Twelth Night, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Lady Windemere's Fan, Middle Age Spread, The Secretary Bird, What The Butler Saw, Don't Rock The Boat and A Bedfull of Foreigners for the Mill at Sonning. He has also toured with Derek Nimmo's Company to the Far East and Middle East in Don't Dress for Dinner and Absurd Person Singular.
Michael's West End appearances include When Did You Last See Your Trousers? at the Garrick and Don't Dress for Dinner at the Duchess Theatre.
For the last twenty-five years ha has shaved off his moustache and played Dame in pantomimes such as Aladdin in Oxford and Lincoln, Cinderella in Wimbledon, Stoke, Richmond and Newcastle, Goldilocks and The Three Bears in Canada, Bournemouth and Newcastle, Dick Whittington in Bristol and Bournemouth, Mother Goose in Chichester, and will be seen next Christmas as Widow Twankey in Aladdin in Bradford.
He collects theatrical memorabilia concerning Henry Irvine and Ellen Terry and he is chairman of the Irving Society.
Maurice was a television film editor before winning a scholarship to RADA where, as an honours graduate, he won the Ronson Award.
From acting and directing in children's theatre, he moved into repertory. Theatre appearances include Relative Values (opposite Anna Neagle), My Giddy Aunt (Mollie Sugden), Pyjama Tops and Bedside Manners (John Inman). Favourite roles are Frank (Educating Rita), Owen (Clouds), Heathcliffe (Wuthering Heights) and Dracula (title role). In summer 1996 he appeared in Same Time Next Year and the Tilting Ground premiere at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage.
Film and television include The Bitch, The Jigsaw Man, Up the Elephant and Round the Castle, Let There Be Love, Grandad and Rentaghost. In 1994 he filmed The House That Mary Bought (Susan George) and The Way to Dusty Death (mini-series). He also works as a voice-over artist on many TV and radio projects, one of which was History's Mysteries for the Discovery Channel. Maurice worked with Michael Caine in the feature film Shadow Run and more recently appeared in the popular television series Heartbeat.
Maurice recently completed a summer season of Run for Your Wife, playing Sgt Troughton, at the Mill at Sonning. He has appeared in pantomime with Frankie Howerd, and played villain roles in Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Babes in the Wood (two seasons with Cannon and Ball), Robinson Crusoe (four seasons with David Essex), and played an Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the Grand Theatre, Swansea. Maurice has directed and appeared in Dick Whittington at the Lewisham Theatre, The Three Bears at Reading and Robin Hood at Darlington. For the last two seasons he returned to the Alhambra where he appeared in Dick Whittington (1999) and Aladdin (2000).
During the summer of 2000, Maurice directed and appeared in Let's Go Pantomime and Hot Chef shows for Haven Holidays parks. He has his own multimedia production company, Splice productions, and throughout the year has been directing promotion videos for Jay Jay the Aeroplane