Ricky To Join Epstein Panto

LHK PRODUCTIONS and the Epstein Theatre have announced an additional name to their Easter pantomime cast for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Liverpool actor and comedian Ricky Thomlinson will feature in the role of The Magic Mirror in the guise of Jim Royle. Producer Lee Kelly has already confirmed The Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star James Hill in the title role, who will leave the boardroom to tread the boards at The Epstein Theatre for the very first time.  The show also stars local actress Georgia Austin in the role of Snow White, TV and Radio presenter Debi Jones, who makes a welcome return to the stage as the Wicked Queen. Meanwhile, Liverpool favourite Michael Chapman will return as the panto dame. Epstein Easter panto Ricky Tomlinson smallRicky is probably best known for his roles as Bobby Grant in Brookside and the lazy but loveable Jim Royle in the The Royle Family. His acting credits span over 30 years and include many more comedy and dramatic roles such as the lead character in Mike Bassett: England Manager, DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker, and the poignant portrayal of John Glover, father of Hillsborough victim Ian, in the Jimmy McGovern drama Hillsborough. In the role of The Magic Mirror, Ricky will appear in 27 performances as TV favourite Jim Royle from The Royle Family, the TV slob and couch potato will be declaring “Who is the fairest of them all”. On joining the show Ricky Thomlinson said: “I am delighted to be part of the Easter Panto with LHK Productions, it is a perfect starring role for me, I appear in 27 performances and don’t even need to leave my comfortable, trusty armchair! Remote at the ready, this is going to be a barrel of fun”. Producer Lee Kelly said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Ricky has decided to be filmed to play the Magic Mirror, this really is the icing on the cake of what is already a fabulous cast for our Easter Panto, Snow White. “It is going to be hilarious to have Jim Royle pop up from his sofa, vest and all throughout the show!” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play at the Epstein Theatre from 24th March, 2016 to the 6th April 2016. PERFORMANCE DETAILS Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Epstein Theatre, Hanover House, Liverpool, L1 3DZ Thu, 24TH March, 2016 – Wed, 6rd April 2016 Performance times vary (check with Box Office) Tickets: £17 adults/£15.00 concession/£56 family *booking fees apply Call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or book in person at the theatre box office (open 2pm-6pm Mon-Thu & 12pm-6pm Fri-Sat) Or via TicketQuarter: Call 0844 8000 410, visit www.ticketquarter.co.uk or book in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool.