Pantomime – Manchester 1988


Babes in the Wood, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. Cannon and Ball starred as Good and Bad Robbers.

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The Sheriff of Nottingham: Richard Gibson
Maid Marion: Bernadette Nolan
Nurse Wanda: Barry Howard
Robin Hood: Ann Sidney
Friar Tuck: Umberto
Little John: Jamie Fowlds
John: Mark Dooley / Adam Booth
Jennifer: Kirsty Baxter / Rebecca Farrington
Bad Robber: Tommy Cannon
Good Robber: Bobby Ball

Merry Men and speciality: The Santus Troupe
Villagers, merry men etc.: Julie Karen Ashworth, Kim Buckpitt,
Nathalie Cleverly, Toni Contay, Andrea Jardine, Beverley Jones,
Tracey Ward, Penny Watson, Alan Cullanney, Simon Hurrell,
Blair Murray, Dennis Wonder
Juveniles: Buckley school of dance

Directed by: Michael Hurll
Choreographed by: Libby Roberts
Book by: Bryan Blackburn
Designed by: Hugh Durrant
Musical Director: Mike Alexander
Sound by: MAC
Sound Design: Clement Rawlings
Sound Operator: Martin Lilly
Lighting by: James Baird

Slapstick routine devised by Charlie Drake


Keyboards 1: Mike Alexander
Keyboards 2: Pete Lingwood
1st Trumpet: Dale Gibson
2nd Trumpet: Bob Taylor
Trombone: Hywell Lewis
Sax/Woodwind: Richard Wimpenny
Guitar: Derrick Harris
Bass: Pete Glennon
Drums: Graham Dean
Percussion: Dave Tyas

Running Order

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Act One

The Town Square
Somewhere in Sherwood
The Village School
The Road to Nottingham
The Nursery
A Clearing in the Forest
The Babes Dream


Act Two

Nottingham Fair
Another Part of the Forest
The Heart of the Forest
The Sherrif’s Basement
Outside the City Walls
The Sherrif’s Ante-Chamber
Back in the Forest
The Reception at King Richard’s Court

Programme Notes

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Cannon and Ball

Since their professional debut twenty years ago Cannon and Ball have become Britain’s favourite comedy stars. Not only that, they are the biggest box office attraction in the UK outselling even the rock superstar Bruce Springsteen.

Yet the basis of their professional success is the friendship between two Oldham lads who were workmates welding in an engineering factory in the 1960’s. Robert Harper and Tommy Derbyshire became the Harper brothers, a singing duo – working in the Northern clubs by night. As time went on they developed their natural flair for comedy, Tommy acting as the straight faced foil to Bobby’s funny man routine. Their popularity increased as the comedy content grew stronger.

The breakthrough to professional status came after their first appearance outside Lancashire when bobby’s cousin Wally Harper booked them for a week at a club in Wales. The response was terrific; Tommy and Bobby gave up their day jobs and The Harper Brothers became Cannon and Ball. Never again would they be reprimanded by the foreman for rehearsing their act on the factory floor!

Cannon and Ball went from strength to strength; from club appearances to TV shows and specials, from the exacting Lancashire club audiences to tours in Australia and the Middle East. Wherever they appear box office records are borken. They have also successfully ventured into both films – starring in their own feature film, The Boys in Blue – and recording. (Their most recent album is The Greatest Love).

One of the many highspots of their career in 1987 was their appearance in the Royal Variety Show before Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Cannon and Ball are the only act in show-business to have won three separate National Club Awards as well as receiving the highest accolade that can be bestowed by their fellow professionals being named as Showbusiness Personalities of the Year by the Variety Club of Great Britain.

Despite their fabulous success Tommy and Bobby have not lost touch with reality. And in their rare off-stage moments still enjoy their hobbies. Bobby’s favourite pastime is fishing while Tommy plays golf, following football and the future of his race horse.

“We have no pretensions”, says Tommy, “We’re a couple of ordinary blokes doing what we do best – entertaining people and making them laugh. We love it”.

It has always been one of the ambitions of Cannon and Ball to play in Pantomime at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, this season is a dream come true.

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RICHARD GIBSON as ‘The Sheriff of Nottingham’

Richard began acting at the age of 16 as Marcus in Joseph Losey’s film, “THE GO- BETWEEN”, and before leaving school he also appeared as Apollo in “TOM BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYS” for the BBC and in the film “ENGLAND MADE ME”. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama his first appearance in the theatre was as a reluctant German soldier in “THE DAME OF SARK” at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, then in repertory at The Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep and Chichester. In London he appeared in “THE BROWNING VERSION” and “IN PRAISE OF LOVE” at the King’s Head, “FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS” at Greenwich and “THE WINSLOW BOY” at The Lyric, Hammersmith – all plays by Terence Rattigan. On television he played Edward Beverley in “THE CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST”, Peter in “THE GATE OF EDEN”, Hugh Castallack in “PENMARRIC”, Ralph Rover in “THE CORAL ISLAND”, and also appeared in “POLDARK”, “SECRET DIARIES”, “HADLEIGH”, “PARK RANGER”, “MY FATHER’S HOUSE”, “THE KEY TO REBECCA”, “PROSPECTS”, “TWO’S COMPANY”.

Richard is best known for his portrayal of ‘HERR OTTO FLICK’ in the hit BBC television series   ” ‘ALLO ‘ALLO” and has appeared in five series to date and the very successful stage version at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.

BARRY HOWARD as ‘Nurse Wanda’

Barry Howard, from Nottingham, is nationally known for his portrayal of the exquisitely supercilious ‘Barry Stuart-Hargreaves’, the ballroom dancing champion in BBC Television’s highly popular situation comedy series, “HI-DE-HI”.

Barry has performed in over twenty four pantomimes, of which in many he was partnered by John Inman and they were widely acknowledged as the ‘Best Dressed Ugly Sisters’ in the business. He has worked alongside Arthur Askey, Dickie Henderson, Roy Castle, Norman Vaughan, Ronnie Corbett and Mike and Bernie Winters, to name but a few!

After six seasons as solo dame, Barry spent two Christmas’s out of frocks – one as the baddie ‘King Rat’ in the record breaking Palladium production of “DICK WHITTINGTON” at the Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol starring alonside his “HI-DE-HI” colleagues, Ruth Madoc, Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland and Terry Scott as Dame. Christmas 1987/88 saw him in “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK” at the Theatre Royal Brighton….with his frock back on!

Outside “HI-DE-HI” and pantomime, Barry has a great affection for summer season. Over the years, he has been Arthur Askey’s silly son in “WHAT A RACKET” at the Pier Theatre, Bournemouth; Hilda Baker’s boyfriend in “NEAREST AND DEAREST” at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool with Jimmy Jewel; back to the Pier again in Bournemouth as Freddie Frinton’s dozy next door neighbour in “HIS FAVOURITE FAMILY” and three summers recently as a demented German hotel manager, ‘Heinz’, with Terry Scott and June Whitfield in “BEDFULL OF FOREIGNERS” in Bournemouth, St. Helier, Jersey and Weymouth. For two summers, he played in Bournemouth and Blackpool with the “HI-DE-HI” stage show.

Barry’s other acting credits include his West End debut as ‘Sir Andrew Aguecheek’ in Shakespeare’s “TWELFTH NIGHT” at the Comedy Theatre. He toured with “SALAD DAYS”, “OLIVER” in which he played ‘Mr. Sowerberry, the Undertaker’, “BOYS IN THE BAND” playing ‘Emory’ and Agatha Christie’s last play, the comedy thriller-“FIDDLER’S FIVE”.

He joined the Bristol Old Vic Company to play ‘Herr Schultz’ in the musical “CABARET” and then “MURDER IN A BAD LIGHT” with Terry Scott. Most recently, he played ‘Charles Petrie’ in “WINNIE” at The Victoria Palace Theatre for six months, made guest appearances on “THE TWO RONNIES”, “THE GOOD OLD DAYS”, two “SEASIDE SPECIALS”, “TERRY AND JUNE”, “3-2-1” for Yorkshire Television and “THE ZODIAC GAME” for Anglia Television and immediately prior to pantomime completed a U.K. national tour of “ONE FOR THE POT”.


Bernadette is the second youngest and lead singer with The Nolans, and has been performing on stage since she was two years old. She was born in Dublin but left there at the age of one and has lived in England ever since.

With her sisters, she has enjoyed phenomenal success, both in this country and abroad. It began in the U.K. with the girls, all six of them, appearing on the entire series of “THE CLIFF RICHARD SHOW”, closely followed by “THE MUSICAL TIME MACHINE” with Vince Hill. Eventually, after appearing on every major TV show possible, including “THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW”, the girls were given four specials of their own; something they had always wanted to do.

The Nolans’ record successes have included an amazing number of hit singles and albums, culminating in over twenty gold, silver and platinum discs.

Their greatest successes, however, were in Japan, where record sales reached over nine million (exceeding The Beatles). They were also the first European act ever to win the Tokyo Music Festival, where competition^ ^ included Randy Crawford and Jermaine Jackson.

One of Bernie’s favourite countries is Australia, where the girls have toured extensively and once again enjoyed record success with hit singles, including two No. l’s and albums such as ‘Altogether’ for which they received a double platinum disc.

Probably the greatest thrill of Bernie’s career so far, was doing a European tour with Frank Sinatra, where she was able to bring her dad, an avid Sinatra fan, backstage to meet the man himself.

In May of 1988, Bernie was delighted when asked to co-present a new weekly Saturday morning show “ON THE WATERFRONT” which was a great success, and her first solo venture. Although she is still part of The Nolans as a group, Bernie couldn’t resist the opportunity to do this, her first pantomime.

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ANN SIDNEY as ‘Robin Hood’

Ann Sidney is an experienced actress both on stage and television. Her theatre roles include “MACBETH” and “SEE HOW THEY RUN” at the Manchester University Theatre, a national tour of “DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE”, “BOEING, BOEING”, “RATTLE OF A SIMPLE MAN”, “NOT NOW DARLING” in the West End and “A HATFUL OF SYKES” in Australia. “LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS” and “JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS” followed and in 1986 she again travelled to Australia and the Middle and Far East co-starring in “NOT NOW DARLING” prior to doing a U.K. national tour of “THE MATING GAME”.

Film credits include “SEBASTIAN” with Dirk Bogarde and Suzannah York and “PERFORMANCE” with James Fox and Mick Jagger. TV appearances include “THE AVENGERS” for ITV, “SEVEN DEADLY VIRTUES”, “THE VIRGIN FELLAS” and the variety programme “THE MIKE AND BERNIE WINTERS SHOW” for Australian TV.

Her solo cabaret tour has taken her to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manilla, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. Ann now lives in the USA doing both television and cabaret work. For the past year and a half, she has been featured in the hit musical revue “JUBILEE” at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Her most recent role was ‘Maria’ in “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” in Colerado.

Ann has played Principal Boy in many pantomimes over the years and 1987/88 saw her playing ‘Robin Hood’ in “BABES IN THE WOOD” at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

Ann is proud of the fact that she is a former Miss World.

1988 has been an exciting year for her – she married a Physician in Las Vegas in the early part of the year and acquired her F.C.C. Broadcast Licence in the latter part of the year. She has subsequently been producing radio news and commercials while doing a spot of disc jockey work.

UMBERTO as ‘Friar Tuck’

As the name suggests, Umberto is of Italian stock and has had various interesting occupations before embarking on his ‘show business’ career. Amongst them are: Travel Courier for an English company in his native Italy, Trainee Tax Inspector (ugh), Fashion Retailing, Market Trader selling pottery. Umberto is a State Registered Nurse, a Registered Mental Nurse, a Children’s Nurse and has completed an Operating Theatre Technicians Course. He is currently in his final year of a three year B.A. (Hons) degree in History of Design.

Umberto began broadcasting on Radio by ‘accident’ some four years ago. He got through to a Radio Piccadilly Sunday morning ‘phone in’ competition and had the presenter and studio in uproar. He was invited back and began to review the Sunday newspapers and supply local show business gossip. Umberto has since contributed to Radio Piccadilly’s broadcasting in many areas, some of his features have included ‘Umberto’s Manchester’ Newspaper, T.V. and Cinema reviews, Agony Uncle, Co-ordinator Xmas Toy and Tin Appeals, and Umbertograms. He has interviewed many personalities including Fiona Richmond, Sylvia Sims, Bobby Ball, Ruby Turner, Su Pollard, Matthew Kelly, Norman Collier, Chris Beeney, Cheryl Baker, most of the cast of Coronation Street. Radio tap dancing with Roy Castle was an interesting feature.

Umberto has appeared in Pantomime at Tameside Theatre and also at the Palace Theatre last year. He has danced in Rudolf Nureyev’s “HOMEAGE TO DIAGHILEV” with the Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. He has appeared in Channel 4’s “BROOKSIDE”. He released a single in 1986 entitled “Big Boy” on the ‘Pink Banana’ label. He was for sometime ‘Lydia Dustbin’ heavenly stargazer for Radio Aire.

Umberto regularly appears in cabaret on the club circuit in the North West.


The Santus Troupe belong to one of the oldest circus families in France, consisting of father Julien and four of his sons and their wives, Ernest (the leader) and Eva, Roland and Anne, Albert and Jill, Roger and Annemarie.

The family have appeared in venues throughout the world from Alton Towers to Israel, including a command performance for the Sultan of Oman; a year long tour of the Middle East taking in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and were recently awarded an Oscar for their bicycle act while appearing with the British Festival Circus in Bruxelles.

Recent television appearances by the troupe have included “THE CIRCUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”; two spots on both the “LATE LATE BREAKFAST SHOW” and “BILLY SMARTS BIG TOP VARIETY SHOW”; “THE NIGHT OF ONE HUNDRED STARS” (celebrating 100 years of Equity); an appearance before members of the Royal Family and European Heads of State in the “EUROGALA (at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); plus regular appearances on two series of “THE LITTLE AND LARGE SHOW” and on the last of the “TWO RONNIES” series.

The Santus Troupe have appeared in five pantomimes to date: 1978 Manchester Opera House in “DICK WHITTINGTON” with Basil Brush and Frank Carson; 1979 at Wimbledon Theatre in “ALADDIN” with Cilia Black; 1981 at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford with Little and Large and 1983 at the Birmingham Hippodrome in “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK” with Jimmy Cricket, Cilia Black and Harry Worth; and last year with Cannon and Ball in “BABES IN THE WOOD” at the London Palladium.

JAMIE FOWLDS as ‘Little John’

Son of actor Derek Fowlds, Jamie started his career as a child model for Woman’s Own in 1970. In 1979 he had his first small part in a T.V. film “THE COPTER KIDS” then in 1982 he did a Quiz Show for his father. 1984 saw him pursuing a modelling career but two years later he turned to the stage. Since that time he has worked on “DEATHTRAP” for Newpalm Productions, “OLIVER”, “THE WIZARD OF OZ” with Charlie Drake and a national tour of Michael Frayn’s play “ALPHABETICAL ORDER” understudying 3 parts. Now he makes his debut in panto as ‘Little John’.

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Michael joined the BBC in the Studio Management Department. Since then he has been working in the BBC Light Entertainment Variety Department, rising from Director/ Producer to Executive Producer.

He has produced comedy and musical television shows with nearly every well known British and International artist with comedy stars like Mike Yarwood, Ken Dodd and The Two Ronnies and singers like Cliff Richard and Cilia Black. For the past seven years Michael has produced and directed Top Of The Pops, Entertainment U.S.A. and the Noel Edmonds series.

He has also produced and directed BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), BPI (British Grammy Awards) and the night of ‘Comic Relief.

In 1988 he produced and directed the Montreux Rock Festival for US Syndication, MTV and Worldwide distribution, “THE TWO RONNIES” for the Australian 9 Network, various Pop Promo’s and Rock Concert Specials.

Michael has directed pantomimes throughout the country and for the last four years has directed Cannon and Ball in pantomime in venues which include the London Palladium.

Michael has also produced The Royal Variety Performance.

LIBBY ROBERTS Choreographer

Libby Roberts trained at the Arts Educational Trust Theatre School in Ballet, Jazz, Singing and Drama. On leaving the Arts she worked in a jazz company touring Italy for four months. Libby’s experience as a dancer includes ‘The Dougie Squires Second Generation’ for two years, appearing at the London Palladium for two seasons, “THE KEN DODD CHRISTMAS SHOW” at the Manchester Opera House and “THE ROYAL GALA SHOW” in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. She also appeared in cabaret and in numerous TV shows such as “SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM”, “THE MIKE YARWOOD CHRISTMAS SHOW” and “THE JULIE ANDREWS SPECIAL”.

Libby went on to form her own dance group called “The Love Machine” which enjoyed great success touring in cabaret both here and abroad and appearing in TV shows such as “THE BENNY HILL SHOW” the “LITTLE AND LARGE” series, “INTERNATIONAL POP PROMS” and “WHEELTAPPERS AND SHUNTERS”. These were choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Libby has also appeared with Hot Gossip on “THE KENNY EVERETT SHOW” and had a two year contract with Yorkshire TV as Hostess for the “3-2-1” series with Ted Rogers. It was during this time that she formed and choreographed the dance group “Lipstick”     ^m* who were featured on “3-2-1”.                  “””* .

Libby spent a year with Channel Four choreographing the “UNFORGETTABLE” series, three series of “BENNY HILL” and a “JIM DAVIDSON SPECIAL”. She has choreographed a video for Meatloaf and Russ Abbot and this year completed a film called “WHOOPS APOCALYPSE”.

Apart from her vast television work Libby has choreographed numerous trade shows and conferences.


Hugh Durrant is one of Britain’s most respected designers. Since graduating in Fine Arts at Cambridge University, he has been associated with almost every aspect of theatre, writing, adapting and directing as well as designing.

His sets and costumes have been seen in four continents in productions ranging from Sophocles to Ayckbourn with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and Shaw; but recently his name has been mostly associated with spectacular decors for musicals and pantomimes. These include “THE MIKADO” and “SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS” in the West End, “A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC” and “COMPANY”. He also designed the critically-acclaimed “AMADEUS” and the European premieres of “MACK AND MABEL” and “LADY IN THE DARK”.

Last year, for the second time, Hugh designed the pantomime at the Palladium. It was the first time since the war that a single designer had been responsible for both sets and costumes. Other pantomime designs have been seen all over the country.

His interest in dance is reflectd in works for the Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, the Nederlands Dans Theater and most recently, Wayne Sleep’s “HOT SHOE SHOW”, again at the London Palladium.

His paintings are in collections on both sides of the Atlantic. Hugh now combines his theatrical commissions with fashion, creating six ready-to-wear collections a year and a couture range.


Bryan Blackburn is television’s busiest comedy writer and writes material for, among others, Cannon and Ball, Russ Abbot, Jim Davidson, The Two Ronnies, Des O’Connor, Jimmy Tarbuck, Danny La Rue and ‘Nookie’, the Bear.

Other TV ‘clients’ have included Cilia Black, Cleo Laine, Lulu, Freddie Starr, Marti Caine, ‘? The “COPYCATS” Team, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Phil Silvers and Ray Charles.

Bryan recently returned from Los Angeles where he lived and worked for seven years, mostly at Universal Studios in Hollywood, writing for such performers as Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Alan King and Phylis Diller.

He has written several chart-topping hit songs including “LOVE IS BLUE” which was Number One in American and “WELCOME HOME” which was Number One in Great Britain. Nana Mouskouri has recorded seven of his songs.

Bryan has been associated with Cannon and Ball for several years and wrote their successful TV ‘sit-com’ series as well as their Variety ‘Specials’ and their record-breaking pantomime last year at the London Palladium.

MIKE ALEXANDER Musical Director

Mike has been a Musical Director for some years and during that time has worked with many of the country’s leading artistes, including Shirley Bassey, Freddie Starr, Peters & Lee, Faith Brown, Paul Melba etc. His TV credits include “GO FOR IT”, “AND THEN THERE’S MORE”, “AN AUDIENCE WITH MEL BROOKS”, “WHAT’S YOUR STORY” and “YOU AIN’T HEARD NOTHING YET” with Shirley Bassey, for which he wrote the title song.

Mike now specializes in TV theme music and his company, Output Music has the following themes to its credit: “FAMILY FORTUNES” “GAS STREET”, “STEAL”, “WHAT’S YOUR STORY”, “ON YOUR MARKS” and LWT’s Boxing theme. While working with Shirley Bassey, Mike had the opportunity to conduct many of the world’s great orchestras at some of the great concert halls including Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. He last worked with Tommy and Bobby when he directed the music for the 1987 London Palladium production of “BABES IN THE WOOD”.

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Paul Elliott’s ambition was to take life easy…..but that was before he became a producer! In a career that has survived (so far!) 21 years, he has produced or co-produced 26 London, 55 Canadian and over 350 productions in the U.K. and in such diversified places as Hong Kong, Australia, America, Zimbabwe, Israel, India and is one of the very few producers to have taken a show to Borneo where the local critic can ‘tear you to shreds’…..literally!

Paul is proud of the majority of his productions which include – in London – “BIG BAD MOUSE” with Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards, “THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY” with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., “PASSION PLAY” (co-produced with the Theatre of Comedy Company) and “UNDERGROUND” with Raymond Burr. He co-produced with Ray Cooney “BEATLEMANIA”, “HER ROYAL HIGHNESS….?” and “HELLO DOLLY” starring Carol Channing at Drury Lane. His most recent productions in the West End have been “SAME TIME NEXT YEAR” with Dennis Waterman and Rula Lenska, “ROSS” with Simon Ward (both at the Old Vic) and “THE SECRET LIFE OF CARTOONS” at the Aldwych Theatre.

Overseas productions include “NOT NOW DARLING” with Leslie Phillips and Andrew Sachs, “CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD” with Elizabeth Quinn, “ELVIS THE MUSICAL”, “TWO INTO ONE” with John Thaw and Daniel Massey, “THE LONDON PALLADIUM SHOW” with Petula Clark and, more recently, “WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY” with Liza Goddard.

Pantomime remains Paul’s hobbys well as a major part of his business and, known as ‘The King of Pantos’, he-presented his 100th pantomime during the 1987/88 season .This year, Paul’s company will present 20 pantomimes all over the U.K. plus one in Canada.

In every career there is a ‘big one’ and Paul is proud that in his career it is Ray Cooney’s classic comedy “RUN FOR YOUR WIFE”, now in it’s sixth year at London’s Criterion Theatre. Paul has produced or co-produced (and sometimes directed) the play in Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand.

In his spare time….well, he hasn’t got a lot!!

JAMES BAIRD Lighting Designer

James Baird trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He then worked with the Scottish Opera prior to moving full-time into lighting design.

James has designed the lighting for many tours in the U.K., Canada and Australia as well as numerous industrial shows in Europe. His Theatre work includes “CONDUCT UNBECOMING”, “PIAF”, “ELVIS THE MUSICAL”, “SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER”, “THE TEMPEST”, “PYGMALION”, “SAME TIME NEXT YEAR”, “SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM”, and “RUN FOR YOUR WIFE” at the Criterion Theatre as well as numerous panto-mimes, including “ALADDIN” at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London and “CINDERELLA” at this Theatre last year.

Until summer this year James had spent the last four years as Production Manager for Glyndebourne Opera in Sussex, he now holds the same position for E & B Productions.

James lists his hobbies as saloon car racing ajct, when he h’as time, working in the garden of Tiis> Surrey horne.;.   .


Laurie Mansfield and Stuart Littlewood are the joint Managing Directors of International Artistes Limited whose office represents clients from all aspects of showbusiness. Together they have presented Cannon and Ball in tours, summer season and pantomime, including this million pound production, which began life at The London Palladium last year.


The school was established in 1946 with ages of pupils ranging from 3-18 years. Graduate and senior examinations are taken for the British Ballet Organisation and U.T.D. Modern. Many medals and cups have been won in various festivals. The Buckley School is delighted to appear in their sixth year with a Paul Elliott Pantomime.

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(Appearing at Alternate Performances)


Directors: Paul Elliott, Brian Hewitt-Jones, Chris Moreno
Production Administrator: Tony Young
Production Manager: James Baird
Production Associate: Sophie Fearnley-Whittingstall
Production Secretary: Suzanne Martin
Production Assistant: Julie Gajadhar-Singh
Musical Supervisor: Paul Jury
Wardrobe Supervisor: Val Nalton
Costume Designer: Bob Morse
Stores Manager: Jim Colclough (Tel: 0522 38786)
Press and Publicity: Rhonda Haslam (Tel 01-240 6012)

Company Stage Manager: Janet Spearman
Deputy Stage Manager: Tony Weedon
Assistant Stage Managers: Helen Williams, James Fowlds
Wardrobe Supervisor: Tony Priestly
Sound equipment supplied by: MAC Sound Hire
Wardrobe Care by Persil and Comfort (Courtesy of Lever Brothers)

Managing Directors: Stuart Littlewood Laurie Mansfield
Pantomime Co-ordinator: Carolynne Chandler

Programme Designed by Mike Hazeldine (061-832 4184)
Printed by Partners Press (0636-702597)

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DAVID MORTON (Nurse Wanda)

David’s many West End appearances include “1776”, “A Bedful of Foreigners”; the revivial of “Salad Days”; “Hello Dolly!” and “Robert and Elizabeth”. His theatre work has included a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-on-Avon and guest appearances with leading repertory companies. He has worked several times in Canada and South Africa where he toured in “A Bedful of Foreigners” and later starred in the musical “Once More, Darling” for a season in Johannesburg.  He toured in the Jack Popplewell comedy, “High Fidelity” playing opposite Aimi MacDonald.

His television credits include “Come Spy with Me”, the “Father Brown” series and “The Basil Brush Show”.   In 1985, David enjoyed a long summer season in Weymouth and Bournemouth in “Pyjama Tops” and a tour of “The Odd Couple” playing opposite Bernie Winters.

1986 saw him touring Scotland in “A Bedful of Foreigners” with Jimmy Logan followed by a national tour of “The Seven Year Itch” and 1987 started with a season at the Brighton Festival, playing the part of ‘Thor’ in “Thor V. The Giant”, while his summer was spent at the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth playing ‘Bobby Franklyn’ in a record-breaking season of “Run For Your Wife”.

David is no stranger to pantomime – he has just completed his fourth year in succession playing the role of ‘Widow Twanky’ in “Aladdin” in places such as Manchester, Bournemouth, Richmond and Croydon.


Dates And Prices

Fri 16th December – Sun 26th February
Generally two performances daily, afternoon matinee and evening performance

Stalls £9.50, £7.50, £5.50
Grand Tier £5.50, £4.00
Boxes £28.50, £22.50, £16.50, £11.00