Joan Collins to Make U.K. Pantomime Debut in All-Star Line-Up for Dick Whittington

News   Joan Collins to Make U.K. Pantomime Debut in All-Star Line-Up for Dick Whittington
 
Joan Collins will make her pantomime debut, playing Queen Rat in Dick Whittington, this year's Christmas show at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Joan Collins
Joan Collins

She will be joined by an all-star line-up that also includes Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Keith Harris and Orville. The pantomime will run Dec. 18, 2010-Jan. 30, 2011.

The pantomime is produced by Qdos Entertainment, whose chairman Nick Thomas has commented in a press statement, "We are thrilled to be welcoming Joan Collins to head the all-star cast at Birmingham Hippodrome, which we believe is the biggest line-up in any one panto since the iconic London Palladium pantomimes."

Collins, best known for her role as Alexis in the long-running TV show "Dynasty" which now plays daily on CBS Drama, has most recently appeared on TV in "Miss Marple," "Footballer's Wives" and Piers Morgan's "Life Stories." Her stage appearances stretch from the West End to Broadway, and include productions of Private Lives, The Last of Mrs. Cheney and her own one-woman show, An Evening with Joan Collins.

Clary, who will play the Spirit of the Bells, is a celebrated stand-up and TV personality, who has presented his own talk and comedy shows, and has also performed as a novice dancer on "Strictly Come Dancing," where he reached the final. As well as his autobiography, Julian has written two novels and has just completed a national tour of his one-man show. His West End roles include taking over the role of Emcee in Cabaret, and he has also previously appeared in numerous record-breaking pantomimes around the coutnry. He has appeared at Birmingham Hippodrome in Cinderella in 2003.

Havers, who will play King Rat, is currently playing the role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street. He has appeared on many television programs including "Lunch Monkeys," "Little Britain," "Brothers and Sisters," "Sarah Jane Adventures," "Dangerfield" and "The Charmer." His numerous film roles include "Empire of the Sun," "A Passage to India" and "Chariots of Fire." His appearance at Birmingham Hippodrome in a touring stage production of Rebecca in 2005 was one of the theatre’s highest-grossing weeks of drama ever recorded. Harris, who will play The Rat Catcher, has, together with his creations, Orville and Cuddles, starred in every major theatre throughout the U.K., including two pantomime seasons at the London Palladium and at the Dominion Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 338 5000, or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com for more details.

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