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At the New Theatre, Hull. Cannon and Ball starred as Jacks cousins. Also starred Neighbours Dan O'Connor as Jack.


Cast List

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FleshcreepLuke Baxter
The FairyEmily Trebicki
Jack TrotDan O'Connor
King CrumbleAndrew Fox
Dame TrotNick Wilton
Jacks CousinsTommy Cannon
Bobby Ball
Princess ApricotLucinda Gill
Daisy The CowAs herself
VillagersAideen Donoghue
Emma Jayne Felton
Negin Lankarani
Alexa Massey
Ben Prince
James Wilson
JuvenilesPamela Gray
Dancing Academy

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News Reports

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Brochure

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Cannon and Ball

Jack's Cousins

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Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball are one of Britain's funniest and most successful double acts. In a career spanning 40 years they have achieved a string of honours that includes them among the all-time greats of show business.

On television they have starred in their own series practically every 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 based on double acts, 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 separate National Club Awards and be named as the Variety Club Personalities of the Year. Their feature film The Boys in Blue, in addition to its cinema success, has gone on to become a video bestseller. The boys have also been the subject of This Is Your Life!

During the 1970s 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 988 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.

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 full houses at their summer season in 1999 at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, which 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 Messenger 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 features the successful Comedy Bonanza show (which broke box office records last year) at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and the Princess Theatre, Torquay for ten weeks from July and later included Sundays at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth.

Pantomime 2000/2001 saw the boys star at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. 2001/02 pantomime season saw them starring in Aladdin with Tricia Penrose at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Tommy and Bobby appeared at The Comedy Bonanza, Blackpool Grand Theatre throughout the summer of 2002 and went on to star in Dick Whittington as Captain and Mate at the New Theatre Cardiff. This followed with them starring in summer season at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth and Weymouth Pavilion Theatre.

The box office hit a new record breaking high at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton with Peter Pan, for one for the longest running seasons in the UK 2003/2004. The boys played Starkey and Smee, two bumbling pirates, much to the annoyance of the evil Captain Hook.

Tommy and Bobby returned to our television screens early in 2004 with the BBC1 series Revolver, a comedy sketch show that brought together a whole host of talent that we all know and love, such as John Inman, Leslie Phillips and Honor Blackman.

The summer of 2004 the boys teamed up with the Grumbleweeds as they performed at the Blackpool Grand Theatre with the hugely popular Comedy Bonanza, they also appeared at the Britannia Pier Great Yarmouth, Futurist Theatre Scarborough and the Embassy Skegness. They went on to feature in an episode of the new series of Last of the Summer Wine which was transmitted in March 2005.

The boys starred in Peter Pan at the Civic Theatre, Darlington in the 2004/05 pantomime season playing Smee and Yoo.

During the summer of 2005 Bobby filmed an episode of Heartbeat playing the role of Mr Turner.

Again in 2005 they starred at the Blackpool Grand for the summer season in the comedy show Legends of Comedy, also taking the show to Great Yarmouth, Scarborough and Skegness. The show at Blackpool was also filmed by the Rights Company for release on DVD.

After proving massively popular, both were also asked back to film another episode of Last of the Summer Wine in August 2005.

Tommy and Bobby were then invited to experience life in the jungle on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for ITV1. Both were thrilled to take part in such a unique television show and once again proved their popularity with the audience.

Pantomime beckoned for the 2005/06 season in Hull with the production of Dick Whittington where the boys played Captain and Mate and broke all box office records since they were last there 16 years ago.

Bobby returned to Heartbeat in March 2006 to revive his role as Mr Turner which was transmitted later in the year.

In the summer of 2006 they were thrilled to be appearing at the Blackpool Opera House with their show Back From the Jungle with special guest stars, the Grumbleweeds. They also took the show to the Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, the Embassy Skegness and the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough.

Throughout 2007 they have toured the length and breadth of the country with over 40 dates with their comedy show, as well as returning to the Blackpool Opera House starring in Comedy Bonanza.

They also make a return to Last of the Summer Wine which airs later on this year. Even after 43 years of making people laugh, Tommy and Bobby are still enjoying every minute and are looking forward to entertaining for many years to come.

They are pleased to be returning to Hull for pantomime this season.

Dan O'Connor

Jack

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From a young age Dan O'Connor was passionate about music and entertaining. He knew he was born to perform.

Dan's formative years as a singer came through gospel music, singing for over ten years in his local church band. Gospel music presented Dan with many opportunities to perform in front of huge crowds, once even singing in front of half a million people in Washington DC, an experience he will never forget.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, in 2004 Dan entered himself in the 2004 Australian Idol competition 'just to give it a go'. No one was more surprised than he was when he found himself in the top 12 and on national television in the hugely successful and high rating Idol series. Whilst he didn't win the competition for the much-coveted crown of Australian Idol, he definitely struck a chord with many viewers!

Being cast in Neighbours as Ned Parker in 2005 was Dan's first acting role - and one he has taken to like a fish to water. Since landing on the set of Neighbours Dan has become one of the show's most popular characters and is enjoying everything the show throws at him.

Luke Baxter

Fleshcreep

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Luke trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His professional debut was as a member of the original cast of Cats at the New London Theatre, creating the role of Carbucketty. He later went on to play the roles of Mungojerrie and Mistoffelees. His theatre credits include Boogie Nights as Terry at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. West End credits are Song and Dance at the Palace Theatre; La Cage aux Folies at the London Palladium; Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre; The Phantom of the Opera (where he understudied and played the role of Raoul) at Her Majesty's and We Will Rock You playing Big Macca and understudying Khashoggi/Pop at the Dominion.

Luke's touring credits include an international tour of Mamma Mial as Father Alexander; Mistoffolees in the original touring production of Cats; Prince Escalus and Count Paris in the Shakespeare for Kidz Theatre Company's national tour of Romeo and Juliet and Annas in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also performed the roles of Rusty and Caboose in the German production of Starlight Express. He appeared as Angelo in The Comedy of Errors for Openhand Theatre Company and in the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival's highly successful production of Much Ado About Nothing as Benedick. For Qdos Entertainment he has appeared as King Rat in Dick Whittington at Richmond, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at Hull.

Film appearances include Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and Trevor Nunn's award-winning film version of the Royal National Theatre's production of Oklahoma! as Slim the Cowman - a role he created in the West End at the Lyceum Theatre. He also appeared in Tube Hell directed by Toni Harman.

Luke can be heard on the original cast recordings of Cats, Follies and She Loves Me.

Nick Wilton

Dame Trot

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Nick read Drama and English at Kent University.

He made his professional acting debut in the 1 980 revival of the Whitehall farce Simple Spymen, directed by Brian Rix, and later went on to play opposite Brian in the West End revival of Dry Rot. In 1982 he won the Perrier award at Edinburgh with the revue group, Writers Inc.

Other stage appearances include: Cash on Delivery, The Shane Ranger Revue and Newsrevue in the West End; national tours of Oklahoma!, Outside Edge, Run for Your Wife, Brief Encounter, as Samuel Pepys in The Secret Diaries, and for the last five years as Perks the Porter in The Railway Children; Habeas Corpus (Bromley, Exeter and Farnham); Neville's Island (Watford); Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Salisbury); Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Southampton); Calculus (New End, Hampstead); a Middle and Far East tour of Bedroom Farce; Out of Order and it Runs in the Family with Ray Cooney on P&O's 2007 /Aurora world cruise; Funny Money and A Bedful of Foreigners in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; and pantomimes at Plymouth, Salisbury, Edmonton, Hornchurch, llford, Rhyl, the Shaw Theatre, London, on BBC Radio 4 and at Worthing, where he was resident 'Dame' for three years. Nick's television series (as performer and writer) include Carrott's Lib, Hello Mum, Fast Forward, Playaway, Number 73 and WYSIWYG. Other writing credits include sketches for Not the Nine O'clock News, A Kick Up the 80s, Three of a Kind, Spitting Image, Smith and Jones, Smack the Pony and Comic Relief.

Other TV appearances include The Bill (three times), Casualty, Heartbeat, Bonkers, Jackanory (five times), two series of Big Meg, Little Meg, Noah's Ark, The IO%ers, Colin's Sandwich, the BBC films The Plant and Glamour Night, and in Paul Merton, Keith Allen, Jim Tavare and Jerry Sadowitz's television shows; in November he filmed an episode of EastEnders to be shown on 2nd January 2008.

On radio, Nick was in three series of Son of Cliche and In One Ear, which both won Sony awards for best comedy.

Lucinda Gill

Princess Apricot

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Lucinda has been dancing since the age of two, taught by her mum and nan at the Patricia Newman School of Dance in Cheltenham. She then went on to train professionally at Arts Educational School, London. Her theatre credits include swing and understudy Teacher in We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre; swing and understudy Buffy/Ashby in Starlight Express in the first ever UK tour; Patty Simcox and understudy Jan/Marty in Grease, Victoria Palace, London and Japan tour; swing and featured dancer in Spirit of the Dance in USA, Brazil and South African tours. She has also performed in numerous pantomimes.

Lucinda's television appearances include Cold Lazarus, ITV; 8/ue Peter, BBC1; Party in the Park, T4 and The Al Murray Show, C4.

Emily Trebicki

The Fairy

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Whilst training at the Christine Clarkson School of Ballet and Stage, Emily debuted professionally in Peter Pan (starring Arthur Bostrum) at the King George's Hall, Blackburn and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with the London Lewis Ballet. She then toured with the Navigation Theatre Company playing Bernice in Drinking Companion (Ayckbourn), Umpire in Tea, Set and Match (Sean Street} and Doreen in A Night Out (Frank Vickery). Training professionally at Laine Theatre Arts, Emily graduated with a musical theatre diploma (honours), ISTD teaching qualification and ALAM (LAMDA) in acting (honours) and joined the original cast of A Night at the Musicals on UK tour as a Principal Vocalist. Other theatre credits include: Annie (Annette and Boylen Sister) at Perth Repertory Theatre, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Meg in Hercules aboard the Disney Wonder and Grisabella/Mamma Rose/Sleeping Beauty in the Broadway review show Encore at Tokyo Disney Sea, Japan.

Emily had the pleasure of creating the role of Kate in the Heather Brothers' world premiere musica! Teen Scream at Lincoln Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Rooms) and created the role of Millie Davenport for Paul Elliott's premiere play There's No Place Like a Home national UK tour. This year Emily played Fiona Jones in Big Bad Mouse at Lincoln Theatre Royal before returning to the cast of There's No Place Like a Home for their second UK tour.

Pantomimes include Snow White (Spirit of the Mirror with Danny La Rue and Britt Ekiand) and Aladdin (Genie of the Ring with John Inman and Gary Wilmot) both at Plymouth Theatre Royal, title role in Dick Whittington with Cannon and Ball at the New Theatre Cardiff, Aladdin (Princess Jasmine) at Southport Theatre and title role in Cinderella at the King's Theatre, Southsea and Princess Theatre Torquay. Corporate videos include: Costcutter X Factor playing a Britney Spears wannabe, Britney Spa!

Original cast recordings include: Soloist on the Tokyo Disney Sea, New Year's Eve Spectacular and Christmas CDs and voice overs for Amphonic Music and Paramount.

Andrew Fox

King Crumble

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Andrew moved from Hull to London to train at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He spent many years working as a comedian and compere on the London stand-up circuit, at venues including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs and has toured all over the UK and the Netherlands.

Since returning to acting his theatre credits have included Blakey in Toast at the Hull Truck Theatre; The Journey of Captain John Smith at Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells; Jack Pleasure at the Union Theatre, London and C Venue, Edinburgh; Road at the Bull Arts Centre, London; the Beast in Beauty and the Beast at Jackson's Lane Arts Centre, London; and a tour of Stereo for Arc Theatre.

Andrew has also performed his one-man show The Story of Love and Hate - based on the life of Robert Mitchum - at numerous venues in London and at Edinburgh Fringe. He also appeared in the British feature film Cheeky, directed by David Thewlis.


Production

Executive ProducerPaul Elliott
Director/ChoreographerAlan Harding
Musical DirectorPhilip Shute
Lighting DesignerDavid W Kidd
Sound OperatorSteve Neesham
Production ManagerMark Sherwood
Company Stage ManagerAndrew Fox
Deputy Stage ManagerClaire Butler
Assistant Stage ManagersGary Young
Catherine Robson
Wardrobe SupervisorJane Dixon
Wardrobe AssistantBenjamin Portz
Musical Director/KeyboardsPhilip Shute
Bass GuitarNathan Dawe
DrumsJames Turner

Paul Elliott

Executive Producer

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Paul Elliott is happy to have survived more than 40 years as a producer! He has produced or co- produced over 60 West End productions including Buddy-the Buddy Holly Story which played for 13 years in the West End; Jolson (Olivier Award for Best Musical 1997), Victoria Palace Theatre; Kat and the Kings (Olivier Award for Best Musical 1999), the Vaudeville Theatre; The Goodbye Girl, Albery Theatre; Run for Your Wife at various theatres in London and Stones in His Pockets (Olivier and Evening Standard Award 2001).

With Duncan C Weldon he produced Private Lives at the Albery Theatre, with Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan, also on Broadway (Tony Award Best Revival); the Royal Shakespeare production of The Hollow Crown with Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Donald Sinden and Ian Richardson in Australia and with Vanessa Redgrave in Toronto; Sir Derek Jacobi in The Tempest at The Old Vic; Patrick Stewart in The Master Builder at the Albery Theatre; Amanda Holden in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre and on tour with Lesley Joseph; Suddenly Last Summer at the Albery Theatre starring Dame Diana Riga and Victoria Hamilton; The Birthday Party with Dame Eileen Atkins and Henry Goodman at the Duchess; The Philadelphia Story with Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic; As You Desire Me at the Playhouse with Kristin Scott Thomas and Bob Hoskins; The Best of Friends with Patricia Routledge; Hot Flush! a new musical starring Sheila Ferguson, Rula Lenska and Marti Webb; The Last Confession at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with David Suchet and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth at the Gielgud Theatre London. Paul's first play as an author, There's No Place Like a Home, opened in 2006 and has enjoyed an extensive UK tour.

Paul has produced over 350 pantomimes in the UK and abroad and has enjoyed a 17 year association with Nick Thomas, developing the biggest and most successful pantomime company ever.

Alan Harding

Director/Choreographer

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Alan's early career began as a dancer performing on the most popular television series and specials of the 1970s and 1980s including The Marti Caine Show, The Two Ronnies, Summertime Special, Snowtime Special, Cilia Black, tittle and Large, Ronnie Corbett, Ken Dodd and many more. He also appeared in the West End production of Bubbling Brown Sugar.

Although Alan was much in demand as a dancer he made the decision to concentrate his talents on choreography and later, directing. His experience now covers all aspects of the industry From commercials and videos to trade, fashion, television and theatre. He has in the region of 30 theatre shows and in excess of 40 television series and specials to his credit.

These range from children's television series like Emu's World; The Fun House and the Children's Royal Variety shows to household favourites like Live at the Palladium; The Dame Edna Experience; Summertime Special; The Laughter Show; 321; Tarby and Friends; six series of Barrymore (producer for two) ana no less than ten royal television shows and galas. He has worked with a wide variety of stars such as Robbie Williams; Shane Ritchie; David Essex; Bruce Forsyth; Tom Jones; Tina Turner; Marti Caine; Jimmy Tarbuck, Brian Conley and Lulu to name just a few. His theatre credits include: the UK tours of Boogie Nights - the Musical, Boogie Nights 2, the hugely successful Spirit of the Dance, which toured the UK, the USA and the Far East; Rhythm of the Night at Conrad Jupiter's in Brisbane, Australia; Hollywood and Broadway (UK tour); Happy Days - The Musical (UK tour); Spirit of Broadway (Chichester Festival Theatre); a summer season starring Jimmy Osmond and The Billy Pearce Laughter Show, both in Blackpool. He has choreographed and directed numerous ice shows and pantomimes, everything from Aladdin to The Wizard of Oz starring Cannon and Ball, Ruth Madoc, Cilia Black, Les Dawson, John Nettles, Michael Barrymore, Jim Davidson, Paul Daniels, Russ Abott, Lionel Blair, The Krankies and many more.

Alan has recently directed and choreographed the stage show Dancing Queen for a UK tour and the Monte Carlo Sporting Club. This show has now gone on to tour internationally and was resident for a season in Reno, Nevada. He also directed and choreographed the spectacular Indian dance show Red which performed in South Africa; and also directed and staged the original production or Simply Ballroom which performed in South Africa and Dubai as well as two highly successful UK tours.

Alan's most recent venture has been travelling the world directing and choreographing Spirit of Christmas which has no doubt put him in the mood for pantomime! He is looking forward to returning to Hull and once again working with Tommy and Bobby.

Philip Shute

Musical Director

Philip trained at Surrey University (BA) and Middlesex University (MA). His recent credits as musical director include Menopause the Musical (Tivoli Theatre, Dublin); The Blues Brothers Unlimited (Centre Point Theatre, Dubai); Sins the Musical (Canal Cafe); Menopause the Musical (Shaw Theatre, London); They're Playing Our Song (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Hair (LI PA); The Cheeky Chappie (Union Theatre, London); The Spirit of the Musical (tour); Cinderella and Snow White (Camberley Theatre).

For Stagedoor Manor, New York he has been musical director on over 25 productions including Carrie the Musical, Sideshow, Nine the Musical, Tommy, Smile and Merrily We Roll Along. For two years Philip was musical director at Hurtwood House Theatre where productions included Guys and Dolls and Oliver! Composing credits include the American productions of Thirteen Hands and The Good Woman of Setzuan. Philip works extensively as an audition pianist and dance accompanist in London. He is the Musical Supervisor for Songtime Theatre Arts and an MD at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

David W Kidd

Lighting Designer

Nearly 200 lighting designs have been seen in theatre, opera, ballet, pantomime, music events and corporate theatre. Most recent work includes the dance production of Peter and the Wolf in Amsterdam and Antwerp, the ballet double bill Andersen's Fairy Tales for the Bulgarian National Ballet at Opera Sophia, Die Walkure for Den Ny Opera, Denmark, Unsuspecting Susan starring Celia Imrie and Tabloid Caligula both in New York, She Stoops to Conquer at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and the musical Gypsy at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

David has lit pantomimes in many towns and cities across the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Inverness, Woking, Sunderland, Llandudno and London's Hackney Empire. In concert and music events David has lit artistes such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballe, Sir Elton John, the Pet Shop Boys, Sting and many others at venues such as the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall. London and West End credits include From the Hart, The Anniversary, The Female Odd Couple, The Dice House, Mademoiselle Colombe, Paul Merton Live at the Palladium plus numerous designs for the National Youth Theatre and leading producing theatres across the UK.