Meet our 2018 panto cast!

This year we are all set to present a brand new adaptation of the classic fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty. Following 2017’s Peter Pan which received glowing reviews and became our most successful pantomime ever; we hope to make this year’s pantomime even bigger and better than ever!

We are very pleased to announce that Louise Young will play Princess Aurora. Louise grew up in Lightwater and went to Collingwood College secondary school and sixth form. She was inspired to become an actress by her drama teacher Mrs Roberts and went on to train at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Louise Young will play Princess Aurora

Louise said “Having grown up in Lightwater, Camberley has always held a special place in my heart. After four years of working in London, I’m so excited to bring the Christmas spirit home.”

Letitia Hector, Chanai Ankrah and Monique Ashe-Palmer will play the super soulful fairies Here, There and Everywhere. They’ve got attitude, sass and incredible vocals!

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Fairy Here, Fairy There and Fairy Everywhere

Every pantomime needs a dame! Nick Wymer will make his debut at Camberley Theatre as the warm, witty and wonderful Nanny Nee Naw. Nanny Nee Naw carries a torch for the majestic King Cedric who will be played by Alan Mitchell.

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Meet Nanny Nee Naw

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Nanny Nee Naw loves King Cedric

Melanie Stevens will take on the role of Carabosse, the most evil fairy of them all. Carabosse has cursed Princess Aurora meaning on her eighteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and be lost forever in a deep sleep.

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The evil Carabosse – Boooooooo!

The lovable palace jester Muddles will be played by Ewan Goddard. He is truly, madly deeply in love with Princess Aurora but will he tell her? Steve Banks will play the dashing and handsome Prince Florizel who will do everything he can to try and save Princess Aurora.

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The lovely jester Muddles

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Meet the dashing Prince Florizel

Sleeping Beauty Producer and Camberley Theatre Manager Andy Edmeads said “Following the success of Peter Pan, we are hugely excited to bring this magical and enchanting pantomime to life this Christmas. Expect energetic choreography, singalong songs, laugh out loud jokes and a plenty of audience interaction!”

Will Prince Florizel find his way through the enchanted forest? Will Princess Aurora ever wake up? You’ll have to come along to find out!

Join all the cast on a magical adventure full of fun, laughs and audience interaction. This brand new pantomime is not to be missed. Sleeping Beauty runs from 10-31 December 2018. Book now via the website www.camberleytheatre.co.uk.

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Meet Barry Steele AKA Roy Orbison

The Roy Orbison Story are appearing at Camberley Theatre on Saturday September 15th, we caught up with main man, Barry Steele ahead of their performance to ask a few questions.

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MEET BARRY STEELE

What can the Theatre audience expect from your show The Roy Orbison Story?

I am backed in this all live multi-media show, with not only a fabulous band and musicians, but a big screen featuring both live streaming, and images from the life and times of Roy Orbison, interspersed with factoids and information about the life and times of what is considered to be one of the best singers the world has ever known.

When did you first discover your singing abilities and their likeness to Roy Orbison’s?

It was on a family holiday in Cornwall in 2001 that I took the first steps on the road to becoming a professional singer, when my wife Lynne and daughter Leonie entered me into a singing competition without my knowledge. It was there that a fellow competitor said to me, “You know you sound just like Roy Orbison singing Robbie Williams!” so with the help of family and friends a tribute to The Big ‘O’ was born

What is your favourite Roy Orbison song?

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With so many great songs to choose from, how did you pick which ones to include in the show?

The set list has evolved over the years, and with the back catalogue Roy Orbison has it was difficult to choose, however we used feedback from the audience and of course we sing the best sellers, but there are a few surprises in this year’s show. Orbison’s songs not only have wonderful melodies and tunes, the lyrics are some of the most sublime ever written.  Not only does the music take you back in time, the songs can make you happy, sad and emotive all at the same time. Orbison is known as a balladeer, but he also recorded and performed rocky and contemporary songs. His songs are quite simply timeless.

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What has been one of your fondest memories from your shows?

Touring New Zealand, meeting Wesley Orbison (Roy’s son) and duetting with Bill Dees (co-writer of Oh Pretty Woman).

Looking back, what would you say some of your career highlights have been?

As above really, but one highlight is about to happen as we make our West End Debut in December at The Adelphi Theatre.

What have been your main challenges surrounding this production and how have you overcome them?

As we tour continuously, last year’s Aussie flu hit the cast pretty hard. But we carried on and just kept going.

What’s next for Barry Steele after The Roy Orbison Story tour?

We have no plans to stop touring; we will continue to tour the show for as long as possible, as we love it.

 

 

#WorldTheatreDay Pt. 5 Kate Noviss

Kate Noviss (Marketing Manager)

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As a child the minute we  convinced my dad that we didn’t want to see panto at Christmas but preferred visiting London’s West End was the same time I realised the magic of escaping into the bright lights of a story brought to life on stage.

From Chess, Me and My Girl, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and 42nd Street at one point there wasn’t a musical on in London I hadn’t dragged my family to see.

Once I moved out of the family home rather disappointingly the cost of theatre tickets rested with me! Now whilst there are a number of shows on in London at any given time that I haven’t seen these days I indulge my love of theatre in a different way.

After having my own children and feeling like I needed something for myself (and as the realisation that I wasn’t an undiscovered Ruthie Henshall finally sunk in) I took a magical first brave step into a local amateur dramatics group.

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Having never had any sort of training it was certainly a baptism of fire! Auditions were jaw clenchingly terrifying as a newbie and I’ve learnt an entire new language. Never more embarassed than not knowing the call ‘Act One Beginners’ actually means ‘if you are meant to be onstage as the curtain opens get yourself to the stage now!’

Crazy For You (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I’ve met a whole new group of people whilst treading the boards – ever patient every time I say ‘what’s position 2 again?’;  challenged myself like never before (tap dancing in formation when I didn’t know my wings from my paddle steps… to be honest still not sure that I do!) and felt the supreme magic of a spot light on your face and just realised a secret ambition to be mic’d up for a show!! (to me this is as close to ‘fame’ as I will ever get!).

Chess (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I’ve shared the drama of props in the wrong place on the stage, missed cues followed by some ad lib, the joy of finalling nailing waltzing in a circle, principle cast members with their backs to an audience intent on making you laugh, costume fails and people falling off the stage into the orchestra pit.

The Wizard of Oz (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I still love going to see a show but I now almost prefer being in one!

(Photos all courtesy of My World My Eyes)

#WorldTheatreDay Pt. 4 Nick Duncan

Nick Duncan (Senior Theatre Technician)

How long have you worked within theatre? 2 years

Why did you choose theatre as a career? The vast variety of shows that I could be involved in and a passion for lighting them steered me into theatre. Been able to work with so many different people and all over the country gives good social and networking abilities.

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good? The best shows I have worked on would be Camberley Theatre’s pantos this is not only because it is a chance for us all to use our creative skills but also to create friendships and professional relationships due to it being in the theatre for 5 weeks.

Here’s Nick helping one of the ‘Peter Pan’ cast learn to fly!

 

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What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre? Kinky Boots in London

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#WorldTheatreDay pt.3 Andy Edmeads

Andy Edmeads (Venue Manager)

How long have you worked within theatre?

I started working professionally as an actor when I was 12 and started working in venues when I was 24. I’ve been at Camberley Theatre since December 2014 and a couple of roles later, I’m now Venue Manager.

Why did you choose theatre as a career?

Since I was Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Junior School, theatre is all I’ve ever wanted to do. Having worked as an actor for about 10 years before moving into theatre marketing and management, I love the people you meet and the variety of the work. No two days are ever the same!

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Do  you ever get a chance to go to see shows not connected with work?

Yes all the time! Having met lots of wonderful people at University who have gone on to work in the industry as well and people connected with productions I’ve worked on I’m always able to go and see a range of shows. It’s always good to see shows at other venues to get ideas and inspiration.

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good?

I’m always very excited and proud of our in-house pantomimes. They’ve got better and better in recent years and I love the team of people who work on the show and it’s a great time of year for all of the staff here to get involved with.

The excitement of breaking all sales records with Peter Pan in December is a definite highlight for me!

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What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre?

I saw a new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Nuffield Theatre Southampton on Saturday. It’s my favourite play and it was a really neat, updated version. It’s a brand new venue too so was great to get some ideas for our refurb in the summer!

 Favourite ever piece of theatre, either that you’ve seen or wished you’d seen.

I think Moulin Rouge Secret Cinema has to be up there. I’m loving the trend for immersive and interactive theatre and I think we’ll see more and more of this sort of theatre. They really created the right atmosphere and world of the play and you forgot all about life outside – I could have seen it again and again!

 

#WorldTheatreDay pt. 2 Jo Bartlett

Today is #WorldTheatreDay. We have been asking members of the Camberley Theatre team for their thoughts and memories on theatre.

Jo Bartlett (Marketing)

How long have you worked within theatre?

2 ½ years here but I have worked within culture and the arts for over 25 years!

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good?

Trainspotting here a few weeks ago. Workwise it was a challenge attempting to get a new audience to Camberley Theatre, but so worthwhile! I went to see one of the performances and it was a very raw theatrical production, it felt great to have a show here that is also on at the Edinburgh Festival!

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What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre?

Young Marx at The Bridge in London just before Christmas – staring Rory Kinnear. A fantastic set and play. The Bridge Theatre is an amazing new theatre in London. I love taking my children to see great theatre, I really hope the memories will stay with them for ever.

 

Favourite ever piece of theatre , either that you’ve seen or wished you’d seen.

I’ve been lucky enough to see some wonderful productions. I saw Alan Rickman and later Daniel Day Lewis as Hamlet, I also saw Rory Kinnear as Hamlet in 2010. I like to buy programmes and when I get home, hide them in amongst my books. The idea being that one of us will stumble upon them in years to come and get a lovely memory out of the blue. The trouble is, I couldn’t find some of the programmes I was looking for today to scan for this! Oh well, here’s  Alan Rickman at The Riverside in Hammersmith at least.

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Enron’ blew my mind in 2010. Directed by Rupert Goold and starring Samuel West, it was the first piece of modern theatre I had seen involving so many styles. It left me breathless.

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For me though, ‘Jerusalem’ written by Jez Butterworth and staring Mark Rylance was the best thing I’ve ever seen. Mark Rylance was out of this world. The whole play was completely captivating.

 

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I’m a huge fan of Jez Butterworth and when tickets went on sale to see ‘The Ferryman’ at The Royal Court last year I stayed on the phone for two hours to secure my tickets! It sold out that morning and has now transferred to the West End. It’s written by Jez Butterworth and stars Paddy Constantine – it had me in tears when they played The Undertones full blast through the sound system. I went with my family – it was a lovely sunny day last May. We went for a drink on the Kings Road afterwards and the cast all walked past so we stopped and congratulated them. It was a fabulous, life affirming moment!

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#WorldTheatreDay pt. 1 Zoe Stanton

Today is #WorldTheatreDay. We have been asking members of the Camberley Theatre team for their thoughts and memories on theatre.

Zoe Stanton (Front of House Officer)

How long have you worked within theatre?

 I started working as a casual Front of House assistant 2 years ago, then became a full-time Front of House Officer 6 months later.

 Why did you choose theatre as a career?

The theatre has always been a second home to me, I’ve performed in many amateur productions from a young age and now love working at a theatre as my job!

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(Me as Tracy Turnblad with her mum Edna in my college’s production of ‘Hairspray’.)

Do you ever get the chance to go to see shows not connected with work?

Yes, I’m a big fan of the West End and like to occasionally treat myself to one of the big London shows.

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good?

Frimley Lodge Live is a favourite of mine, we’ve always been lucky with the weather and everyone is always in such a good mood all weekend – it’s great to work in such a fun, chilled out environment with fabulous music and sunshine.

What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre?

 I went to see Les Miserables last month with my friends, which I was buzzing to see because I loved the film version so much. It didn’t disappoint!

 

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Favourite ever piece of theatre, either that you’ve seen or wished you’d seen.

If you’re a theatre fan and haven’t seen the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, then where have you been? I’m also secretly crossing my fingers to finally get tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child