Irish comedian and all-round entertainer, Jimmy Cricket, bounded into Preston for the launch of this year’s pantomime.
Snow White and her magnificent seven will take to the Charter Theatre stage this December and Jimmy, who is returning to the role of Muddles, can’t wait to get started.
He said: “The people of Preston are in for a real treat. The beauty of panto is that there is something for everyone - good versus evil, dreams coming true and lots of laughter. Everyone loves a fairy tale after all, it’s good for the heart.”
Local lass, Kristina Castellina, from Blackpool, is stepping into the lead role’s shoes once more after playing Snow White in the show last year. She said: “As soon as we start rehearsals I’m in full-on Christmas mode, doing panto really starts the festive season off for me and it will be lovely, being so close to home, for my family to be able to come down and see the show.
“The little ones who come to the show are so lovely, and they really buy into the fact that I’m Snow White.
“I popped into town after a matinee once and they were running after me shouting ‘Snow White!’ They literally think I’m her.”
Also joining the cast is Jim Whelan as the Henchman, a regular on Coronation Street as Rev Todd and whose other TV credits include The Liver Birds, Crown Court, Cracker, Heartbeat, Emmerdale, The Royle Family, Blackpool and Last of the Summer Wine.
Panto veteran Pete Lindup will be appearing in his 25th pantomime as Sarah The Cook alongside Yvonne Patterson as Queen Cruella.
And Adam Trembath will make his Preston debut as The Prince.