Final casting has been announced for the 2019 London Palladium Pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which runs for a limited five-week season from 7 December 2019 to 12 January 2020.
Completing the principal cast, Janine Duvitski will play Mummy Bear, Sophie Isaacs will play the title role of Goldilocks and Lauren Stroud will play Baby Bear.
They join the previously announced Paul O’Grady as Baron Von Savage, Matt Baker as Joey the Clown, season regulars Julian Clary as The Ringmaster, Paul Zerdin as Silly Billy, Nigel Havers as Daddy Bear and Gary Wilmot as Dame Betty Barnum.
There’s also a series of speciality acts including internationally renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini) – a dynamic high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy’s oldest circus families, Sascha Williams and Stephanie Nock – ‘Rola Bola’, from the Belli Family Circus in Germany and Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the ‘Globe of Speed’.
They are joined by ensemble members Charlotte Bazeley, James Bennett, Myles Brown, Samara Casteallo, Belle Kizzy Green, Sally Jayne Hind, Stevie Hutchinson, Ediz Ibrahim, Mollie McGugan, Ella Nonini, Alexanda O’Reilly, Justin Thomas, Amy Thornton, Maxwell Trengove, Charlotte Wilmott and Luke Woollaston.
Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant Bears join the gang… Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by a London Palladium spectacular that’s just right, at the home of pantomime!
Returning for the fourth year and once again produced by the Olivier award-winning team and directed by Michael Harrison, choreography will be by Karen Bruce, set design will be by Ian Westbrook, with a returning team of costume designers including Hugh Durrant, visual special effects by The Twins FX, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Gareth Owen and original music by Gary Hind.
Janine Duvitski was in the original production of Abigail’s Party, written and directed by Mike Leigh. Her more recent stage credits include On the Town for English National Opera at the London Coliseum and The Coast of Utopia for the National Theatre. She is best known on television as Jane in Waiting for God, Pippa in One Foot in the Grave and Jacqueline in Benidorm a role she recently revived on stage in Benidorm Live also produced by Michael Harrison. Her film credits include About a Boy and The Madness of King George.
Sophie Isaacs was most recently seen on stage playing Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions the Musical which had its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Her previous theatre credits include playing the title role opposite Craig Revel Horwood in the Qdos Entertainment production of Cinderella at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, Heather McNamara in Heathers at The Other Palace as well as its transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Kinky Boots and Made in Dagenham both at the Adelphi Theatre, Grease at Leicester Curve Theatre and the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
Lauren Stroud was last seen on stage in the West End production of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include Scrooge at Leicester Curve Theatre, Top Hat at Kilworth House, Strictly Ballroom at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and on tour in Toronto, Hairspray, Dance ‘til Dawn, 9 to 5 The Musical and Grease all on tour in the UK and Wicked at the Apollo Victoria.