All the colour of Snow White

Just Regional
Dec 3, 2013 3 mins read

The cast of this year’s pantomime have arrived at Sheringham Little Theatre in a blaze of colour.

As costumes are fitted and rehearsals for Snow White begin, familiar faces are being welcomed back and new performers being introduced to the coastal venue.

This year’s festive production begins on Friday, December 13 and runs until Saturday, January 4.

Written by West End star Killian Donnelly, who is currently starring in The Commitments, and has appeared in blockbuster film Les Miserables alongside Russell Crowe, it looks set to be a lively production.

Pantomime director Simon Thompson said Killian’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk was so successful last year that the theatre was keen to work with him again.

“Killian really understands pantomime – the tradition, the use of dialogue and what people are looking for in terms of pace,” he said. “His writing appeals to young people because it is contemporary but at the same time it has the right balance for adults too.”

The production stars Rachel Waring, as Snow White, Loraine Metcalf, as the Wicked Queen, Kyle Fraser as Prince Charming, Rik Warren as Muddles and Russel Hicken as Nanny Knotty Knickers.

Russel said: “This is my fourth year playing the pantomime dame at Sheringham so it feels like coming home for Christmas!

“It looks like the show is going to be a lot of fun. It is a great script, which had me laughing out loud from the very first moment I read it.”

Rachel is also returning the venue for the festive season. Last year she played Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk.

“I started out in panto as a child so it is lovely to be playing the Princess and it is nice to be back in Sheringham for the second time,” she admitted. “I am looking forward to getting stuck into the role of Snow White and really making it my own.”

Wicked stepmother Loraine has not appeared in panto at Sheringham before but is a regular in the Summer Rep.

“I can’t wait to get started. I have played the evil character in other pantomimes and I just love it. All that booing and hissing is just wonderful!” she said.

Simon said Snow White promised as much singing, dancing and great family fun as last year’s Christmas show.

“This panto will be packed with everything you would expect – and a lot more,” he added.

“There will be some fabulous surprises in the show and some wonderful visual gags. It will be a pantomime like no other!”

Snow White runs at Sheringham Little Theatre from Friday, December 13 to Friday, January 4. For more information or for tickets call 01263 822347 or visit

Rachel Waring and Loraine Metcalf

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