Theatre Royal announce Panto line-up

Just Regional
Apr 8, 2014 3 mins read

A children’s TV favourite and a Norfolk-based performer with a strong stage pedigree are joining the cast of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Peter Pan.

CBeebies favourite Sid Sloane will take on the role of the Dame while Cromer Pier favourite Ben Langley plays comedy pirate Starkey in the show which runs from December 18 to January 18.

They will join already-confirmed Norwich Theatre Royal panto favourite Richard Gauntlett who returns by public demand to take on the role of Smee, as well as writing and directing the festive spectacular.

Sid is best known as one of the popular presenters on the CBeebies channel where his natural talent and incredible energy makes him a firm favourite with viewers.

He grew up in South London starting his working life as a sales assistant for Laura Ashley and then took on other sales jobs before deciding performing was his forte working as a postman to pay his way through drama school.

Sid then took on a wide range of roles in productions as diverse as the world stage premiere of Withnail And I, Shakespeare plays and the UK tour of the Roald Dahl classic The Twits.

But it was the CBeebies job that shot him to fame and he has juggled regular appearances on the channel with radio voice-over work, roles in BBC Radio Four dramas, TV and radio presenting, and developing educational aids to help with maths learning in the classroom.

Meanwhile Ben is no stranger to the world of pantomime having starred in over a dozen of them as well as working extensively as an actor and performer in a host of productions including Franco Zefferelli’s Il Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden as well as countless variety and entertainment shows.

He owes a lot of his performing ability to spending 17 years as a street entertainer in the tough environment of the Covent Garden cobblestones.

Ben is also no stranger to Norfolk proving to be a popular cast-member in the world-famous Cromer Seaside Special Variety Show in the summer of 2012 as well as being part of the creative team writing sketches for both the summer and Christmas productions there.

He also writes, directs and stars in the Ha Ha shows which poke fun at different characters and eras from history, and trod the boards at Norwich Theatre Royal opposite Joe Pasquale in Ha Ha Holmes at the venue last year.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Sid and Ben are going to bring even more energy, talent and humour to our festive production of Peter Pan. Add in the magical writing of Richard Gauntlett and more exciting casting to come, and the show is poised to be a must-see event in the region’s Christmas calendar.”

Ben Langley

Ben Langley

Sid Sloane

Sid Sloane

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