May McFettridge and Lorraine Chase were joined by fellow cast members Paddy Jenkins, Ciaran Nolan andRhiannon Chesterman as they brought a little bit of early pantomime magic to Belfast yesterday at the official launch of this year’s spectacular Christmas production, Sleeping Beauty.
The undisputed queen-of-quick-quips, May McFettridge, will lead the cast of this year’s panto in the role of Queen May and is joined by Lorraine Chase as the Wicked Fairy, Carabosse. This is Lorraine’s pantomime debut at the Grand Opera House. This amazing new partnership ensures the annual pantomime at the Grand Opera Houseremains Northern Ireland’s biggest, most extravagant and spectacular show of the Festive season.
TV star Lorraine Chase found fame through a series of television commercials for Campari in the 70s before embarking on an acting career. In 2011 Lorraine jumped into the Australian jungle in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, and is known to millions for her four years in Emmerdale as the unpredictable Stephanie Stokes, as well as appearing in Casualty and The Bill. Panto veteran Lorraine will step into the shoes of the Wicked Fairy Carabosse having honed her on-stage skills with a series of appearances in pantomime throughout her career.
Jonathan Kiley, Executive Producer and Director of Sleeping Beauty said:
“We are delighted that Lorraine will be joining May in an unmissable production of Sleeping Beauty. Audiences can be guaranteed a fabulous night in pantoland with lots of and traditional Northern Irish humour and comedy. This combined with top-drawer production values, means that no one will dare fall asleep during this fast-paced telling of Sleeping Beauty.”
Andrew Hill, Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House added:
“It is great to see such a strong cast for what is undoubtedly the biggest event in the Grand Opera House calendar. We are really looking forward to watching May and Lorraine’s relationship unfold on stage as we celebrate what will be May’s 24th pantomime. Sleeping Beauty promises to be a truly spectacular production with lots of laughs and festive sparkle along the way.”
The other two regular faces to the Grand Opera House are Paddy Jenkins who will play The King along with Ciaran Nolan who plays Carabosse’s sidekick Slimeball. Rhiannon Chesterman makes her debut at the Theatre in the title role of Sleeping Beauty.
Sleeping Beauty is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer and features an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and fabulous costumes and has the Theatre’s hallmark of value-for-money and outstanding entertainment for all ages.
Sleeping Beauty will be enchanting Northern Ireland audiences from Saturday 30 November 2013 to Sunday 19 January 2014. Tickets can be booked on 028 9024 1919 or www.goh.co.uk.