THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE A HOME
A captivating new comedy by Paul Elliott.
This autumn sees a tour of a new comedy, Both Author and cast have strong pantomime connections in a play with a theatrical setting:
Paul Elliott’s new comedy is set in the Stollberg Hall Retirement Home for Theatrical Performers- and boasts a stella cast of Pantomime Pro’s.
Where do our best-loved performers of stage and screen go to spend their twilight years? The golf course? The beach? The fame drenched hills of Hollywood? Or maybe the Stollberg Hall Retirement Home for Theatrical Performers.
Alas, Stollberg Hall is under threat of closure. What can the bored - and broke! - residents do to save their home? They do what any self-respecting company of former household-name entertainers would do… devise a plan - to kidnap a celebrity and demand a ransom - that’s so theatrical and entertaining they might just pull it off!
With Jeffrey Archer as the target, mayhem and madness take the intricate plot along until our artistes realise that not only have they still got what it takes to pull off a great show, they're damn good criminals to boot!!
Sue Hodge, Peter Byrne, Gorden Kaye / Ken Morley
Written by international theatrical producer Paul Elliott, this hilarious and touching new play is inspired by his experiences and backstage tales. Starring Gorden Kaye, Ken Morley, Don Maclean, Christopher Beeny and a host of well-known faces, this wonderfully captivating new comedy will have you crying with laughter.
"One of the daftest, dottiest, funniest and most sweetly sentimental shows i have seen in years"
The production is presented by Chris Moreno in association with Triumph Entertainments.
This show is back on the road again for the second leg of its tour, and finishes just in time for many of the cast to leave Stollberg Hall and head for Pantoland this Christmas.
Gorden Kaye / Mike Edmonds
This Autumn the show will tour Theatres around the Uk from Belfast to Billingham and back again! Here’s the list of where you can see it in a theatre hopefully Near You!
NATIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE 2007
Fri 31 August - Sat 01 September
Box Office: 01522 519 999
Theatre Royal, LINCOLN
Clasketgate, Lincoln LN2 1JJ
Tues 04 - Sat 08 September
Box Office: 028 9024 1919
Grand Opera House, BELFAST
Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7HR
Tues 11 - Sat 15 September
Box Office: 01323 412000
Devonshire Park Theatre, EASTBOURNE
Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP
Mon 17 - Sat 22 September
Box Office: 01702 351135
Palace Theatre, SOUTHEND
430 London Road, Southend On Sea SS0 7RA
Mon 24 - Sat 29 September
Box Office: 08700 668701
Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG
Mon 01 - Sat 06 October
Box Office: 01482 226655
New Theatre, HULL
Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
Mon 08 - Sat 13 October
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
King’s Theatre, EDINBURGH
2 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ
Tues 16 - Sat 20 October
Box Office: 01642 552663
Forum Theatre, BILLINGHAM
Town Centre, Billingham TS23 2LJ
Tues 30 October - Sat 03 November
Box Office: 01253 290190
The Grand, BLACKPOOL
33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT
Mon 05 - Sat 10 November
Box Office: 0870 060 6646
New Wimbledon Theatre, WIMBLEDON
The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
Tues 13 - Sat 17 November
Box Office: 01903 206206
Connaught Theatre, WORTHING
Union Place, Worthing BN11 3PX
With “The King Of Panto”, Paul Elliott as author, this production has drafted in a cast and stage management team who are well versed in Pantomime. The play stars GORDEN KAYE, KEN MORLEY, DON MCLEAN, CHRISTOPHER BEENY, PETER BYRNE, BRIAN CANT, SUE HODGE, JAN HUNT,JODY CROSIER, MIKE EDMONDS, BRIAN GODFREY, and EMILY TREBICKI.
Sue Hodge / Brian Cant, Ken Morley and Gorden Kay
Paul is an international producer of plays, musicals and, of course, pantomimes over the past 43 years. He has produced or co-produced 60 West End productions including “Buddy” (13 years in the West End), “Jolson”, “Kat and the Kings”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Run For Your Wife” and “Stones In His Pockets”.- with Duncan C Weldon he produced “Private Lives” in London and on Broadway, “The Hollow Crown” with Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Donald Sinden for the RSC, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in London and on tour, “The Philadelphia Story” at the Old Vic with Kevin Spacey and Patrick Stewart in “The Master Builder” at the Albery Theatre amongst others.
Paul has produced over 350 pantomimes in the UK and abroad. His Pantomime company E&B Productions provided pantomimes to theatres across the United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. For Seventeen years he has been associated with QDOS, and each year writes and directs several large scale pantomimes .
This year Paul will be presenting (as well as directing and writing) pantomimes at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh (Goldilocks and The Three Bears), “Cinderella” at High Wycombe (With Brian Conley, Jody Crosier, Peter Robbins and Nigel Ellacott), “Aladdin” with John Barrowman and Don Maclean at the Birmingham Hippodrome, and supervising and writing several others in a very busy season.
Known to one and all as the café owner Rene in BBC’s “’Allo ‘Allo”, Gorden has appeared in several pantomimes over the years- but not as many as some of his fellow artistes on this tour. In 1983 he appeared in “Sleeping Beauty” at London’s Stratford East, has donned a frock to play an Ugly Sister in “Cinderella” at Basingstoke, and buckled a swash to play Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” at the Hawth, Crawley. In 2001 Gorden appeared as Henchman in “Snow White” at the Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford.
Gorden played Elsie Tanner’s nephew, Bernard Butler in 54 episodes of “Coronation Street”, and has toured the UK, Canada and the USA with the National Theatre’s production of “As You Like It”, playing opposite Nigel Hawthorne.He also toured extensively with the National Theatre as “Squealer The Pig” in “Animal Farm”.
He was with Penelope Keith at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in “Hobson’s Choice”, and in Alan Bennett’s production of “Talking Heads” on tour. In The West End he appeared opposite Rue McClanahan (“Golden Girls”) in “Harvey”, and has toured Australia in “Don’t Dress For Dinner” and “It Runs In The Family”.
Coronation Street’s “Reg Holdsworth”, Ken has appeared in many pantomimes, including playing opposite Anne Diamond in her panto debut in “Snow White” at the Regent Theatre, Stoke. He has appeared in “Cinderella” at Dartford, “Aladdin” in Liverpool, “Sleeping Beauty” at Sunderland Empire, “Jack And The Beanstalk” at the Alhambra, Bradford, as well as appearing in “Peter Pan” at Crewe Lyceum Theatre.
He played Widow Twankey at Blackpool in “Aladdin”, and Fleshcreep in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the same theatre. Last year Ken appeared as King Rat in “Dick Whittington” at Rhyl. He has also appeared in “Pinocchio” at London’s Stratford East Theatre Royal, and in “The Adventures Of Mr.Toad” at Bristol.
Ken has toured in “The Rocky Horror Show” as Narrator, and appeared in various theatre productions including “Volpone” at Birmingham Rep, “Comic Cuts” at Southampton, and in “Business Affairs”.
His television appearances outside of “The Street” include “Red Dwarf”, “’Allo ‘Allo”, “Les Girls”, “You Rang M’Lord” and “Blind Justice”.
Ken recently played Sarah The Cook in “Dick Whittington” at The Plaza Theatre, Stockport. He will be appearing at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln this year in Peter Pan.
A veteran of six Royal Command Performances, and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio, Don is a veteran Pantomime performer, having appeared in 34 productions, and, for the past eleven years has played Dame around the country.
Last year Don played Nurse in “Snow White” at Wolverhampton, and is a regular at the Hippodrome Birmingham pantomimes- these include Dame in “Jack and The Beanstalk”, “Aladdin” and “Dick Whittington”.This year Don is playing Widow Twankey in “Aladdin” with John Barrowman and the Daleks! Don has played panto all over the country including Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Wolverhampton.
Don’s career has encompassed his appearances in Crackerjack, The Black & White Minstrel Show and many game shows on television. He had his own series “Keep It Maclean” and “Maclean Up Britain” on television. He has presented “Songs Of Praise” and for the past fifteen years has had his own radio programme “Good Morning Sunday” on BBC Radio 2.
The “Upstairs Downstairs” star has been a stalwart of the Windsor pantomimes, having appeared in many at the Theatre Royal, including the 2001 “Dick Whittington” with Lyn Paul and Paul Daniels, “Beauty and the Beast”, with Michael Sharvell-Martin (Dame for 35 years) and Wayne Sleep, and most recently as the Henchman in the 2006 production of “Snow White” at that venue.
Christopher’s television appearances include “Miss Jones and Son”, “In Loving Memory” and the remake of “The Rag Trade” and “Emmerdale”. Recently he has appeared in “The Last Of The Summer Wine”. He has recently appeared with Sue Hodge in the National Tour of “Crazy For You”.
Peter’s character, PC Andy Crawford in the West End Production of “The Blue Lamp” led to him playing that role in “Dixon Of Dock Green” on BBC television, with a long association with Jack Warner, who played the title role. This wasn’t the only long theatrical association however- an actor called Paul Elliott was also in the series, and when Paul set up his own pantomime production company it was called “E&B Productions”. “E” for Elliott and “B” for Byrne! Paul and Peter established the beginnings of a pantomime dynasty, and a long term friendship. When Peter discovered he preferred to be onstage rather than presenting the pantomimes, he continued in his stage career, and Paul expanded his empire until “E&B” had over thirty pantomimes in this country and abroad.
Peter Byrne has directed and appeared in countless pantos- appearing in “Cinderella” in Vancouver and Victoria BC, as well as a great many across the UK. When Peter Robbins and I first played Sister for E&B, it was Peter Byrne who was both our director and our “Daddy”- Baron Hardup, in “Cinderella” at the Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage twenty five years ago!
The “Playaway” and “Play School” star has appeared in many pantomimes, bringing his own special rapport with children to whatever role he plays. Brian has been a regular panto star at the Lighthouse Poole, and at the Theatre Royal Lincoln. Brian appeared in “Aladdin” at Lincoln with Jan Hunt in 1993.
Brian appeared in “Sleeping Beauty” at Poole with Denise Van Outen, and appeared and co-directed “Cinderella” at Crawley with Ulrika Johnson.
Last year Brian appeared as Baron Hardup in “Cinderella” at the Poole with Peter Duncan. This year Brian returns to Lincoln to appear in “Peter Pan” with Ken Morley.
Brian has toured in many comedies including “Run For Your Wife”, “Doctor In The House”, “Born In The Gardens”,”Watch It Sailor!” and “Sailor Beware!”. Musicals include “Oh Coward!”, “Dames At Sea”, “Side By Side By Sondheim”, “Singin’ In The Rain”, and “Me and My Girl”.
Recent Theatre work includes “The Railway Children”, “Present Laughter”, “An Ideal Husband” and “The Holly And The Ivy”.
The diminutive “Mimi” from BBC’s “’Allo ‘Allo” has played everything in pantomime from “Boy Babe” in “Babes In The Wood” to “Ugly Sister” in “Cinderella”, opposite Bella Emberg!Her Sister has also been her “’Allo ‘Allo” Co-star, Arthur Bostrom.
Sue first appeared in panto at the age of fifteen in “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and has appeared in panto every Christmas since then, including three productions of “Cinderella” with Bobby Davro.
Recently Sue has appeared at Peterborough Broadway Theatre in “Beauty and The Beast” with Paul Shane (2006), and at Peterborough again with ‘Allo ‘Allo’s Vicki Michelle in “Sleeping Beauty”. (2005). She played opposite Paul Shane again in in “Aladdin” at The New Theatre Hull (2004) and in “Peter Pan” at the same venue in 2003. She'll be seen in Jack and the Beanstalk in Weston Super Mare this year.
Away from the world of pantomime, Sue has appeared in several West End productions including “Don’t Dress For Dinner”, “Toad Of Toad Hall”, and has toured Europe and the Middle East with The New Shakespeare Company.She was in “Stepping Out” at the Theatre Royal Lincoln, and has recently appeared in “Crazy For You” with Christopher Beeny, and played Gladys in “Dirty Dusting”.
Jan became “The Crackerjack” girl in the hugely successful BBC Television series for children, along with co-stars Don Mclean, Peter Glaze, Bernie Clifton and Ed “Stewpot” Stewart.
Jan began her pantomime career as one of the Babes in “Babes In The Wood”, appearing with Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss at the Empire Theatre Liverpool, and has appeared in over thirty pantomime seasons.
In the world of pantomime Jan was among the finest Principal Boys of recent times, playing every role from “Aladdin” to Prince Charming in “Cinderella”. Peter Robbins and I had the great pleasure of working with Jan many times in “Cinderella” at the Ashcroft Theatre Croydon, The Pavilion Bournemouth, in Aberdeen and Cardiff. It was a great delight to appear with Jan when she forsook Prince Charming for Fairy Godmother at the Wimbledon Theatre.She also played Fairy in “Robin Hood” at Wimbledon in 1995.
Since then I have appeared in several of Jan’s Music Hall productions for her own company “The Paper Moon Theatre Company.” Jan is a member of the famous Players Theatre Music Hall, and her association with the “Players” led to Jan being a regular in BBC’s “The Good Old Days”-BBC’s longest running series. She was recently seen on television teaching David Dimbleby to “Soft Shoe Shuffle” in a documentary filmed at the City Varieties, Leeds.
Jan has appeared in West End Musicals- notably as Ellie in “Showboat” at the Piccadilly Theatre, in farces, including “Run For Your Wife” and thrillers- Jan appeared at The St.Martin’s Theatre in “The Mousetrap” for a year as Mollie Ralston.
Her many television appearances include “Basil Brush”, “The Morecambe & Wise Show”, and the Ken Dodd Show.
Jody’s musical theatre career has included several West End long running Musicals, including playing the roles of Marius in “Les Miserable” at the Palace Theatre, (and in Windsor Castle in the presence of the Royal Family!), Anton in “Napoleon” at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Chris in “Miss Saigon” at Drury Lane, and Martin in “Martin Guerre” at The Prince Edward Theatre. He played Francisco in “Zorro” at the Old Vic and as Ta in “The Flower Drum Song” at Sadlers Wells, and appearances at the London Palladium.
Jody has toured extensively in Musicals, and has played seasons at Leicester Haymarket, Derby Playhouse, Edinburgh Festival, The Sherman Cardiff, The Olympia Dublin and took part in the closing ceremony at Wembley Stadium.
Jody began his pantomime career playing Dandini in "Cinderella" at the Theatre Royal Plymouth with Brian Conley, Brian Godfrey & David Moreton, Miquel Brown and Dawson Chance. For the past five pantomime seasons Jody has played “Dandini” in “Cinderella” with Brian Conley- and Peter and Nigel- in Southampton, Plymouth, Birmingham, Manchester, and with Jill Halfpenny in Newcastle Theatre Royal. This year sees him with Brian, Peter and Nigel in “Cinderella” at the Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe.
Brian is a familiar face to West End audiences from his portrayal of Bobby Franklin in Ray Cooney’s “Run For Your Wife”, which he played at the Duchess, Criterion and Whitehall Theatres in London. He also played this role in Canada, and on tour in the UK with Les Dawson. He appeared as Linus in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” in the West End, and also in “Off The Peg”.
This year Brian will be appearing in his twenty first consecutive year for E&B/QDOS Entertainments pantomimes. As a panto artiste he has appeared all over the country, and for seventeen years played “Ugly Sister” in “Cinderella” with David Moreton. As Ugly Sister he has performed with (amongst many others) Des O'Connor, Brian Conley, Bobby Davro, Danny La Rue and Bonnie Langford.
As Dame Brian recently played Widow Twankey in “Aladdin” at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (2006) and this season will be appearing as Sarah The Cook in “Dick Whittington” at The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton- the country’s longest panto run!
Brian has directed several pantomimes, including “Cinderella” at Cardiff, Nottingham and Milton Keynes.
When not appearing as Panto Dame, Brian tours in plays, farces and directs productions both in the UK and around the world on major cruise liners. He has toured the Middle East, and has worked as associate director for Ray Cooney in the West End and the Far East.
Familiar to audiences as “Little Ron” from “Maid Marion and Her Merry Men”, the award winning children’s series, Mike has made many appearances in “Snow White”, including a season at the Opera House Manchester with Lily Savage as Wicked Queen,(2002) and at the Regent Theatre Ipswich with Anita Dobson.(2006)
He has appeared in a Pantomime themed episode of “The Goodies”.
Mike has appeared in two films for George Lucas- “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” as Logray, the medicine man Ewok.
Mike has made two appearances with The Royal Shakespeare Company in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” playing the evil Grumpskin.
Emily’s professional debut was in “Peter Pan” at the King George’s Hall, Blackburn, followed by a role in “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” with the London Lewes Ballet.
She has appeared in the Jim Davidson “Aladdin”, and has played Principal Girl in several pantomimes. In 2001 she appeared in “Snow White” with Britt Ekland and Danny La Rue at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, and in “Aladdin” at the same Theatre.
She appeared as Principal Boy in “Dick Whittington” at Cardiff (2002), and played Princess in “Aladdin” alongside Craig Phillips at Southport (2004), and played “Cinderella” at Southport King’s Theatre with Kevin Kennedy in 2005.
Emily has played “Belle” in “Beauty and The Beast” and “Meg” in “Hercules” aboard the Disney Wonder, and was Principal singer at the Tokyo Disney production of “Encore”.
Most recently Emily has appeared in “Teen Scream” at The Theatre Royal in Lincoln, and in the Edinburgh Festival.
“There’s No Place Like A Home” is stage managed by MARTIN HINKINS.. Martin was with Peter & I last year as Stage Manager for “Cinderella” at the Hippodrome Birmingham, and this year will be with the same production when we transfer to the Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe.
This production will be hitting the road from August 31st- I doubt you’ll ever find so many Pantomime people in one play again! Be sure to book early!
This page was last updated 19th August 2007