Monday, 6 September 2010

TV star says 'Allo 'Allo to Leeds


Caption: Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Cllr Adam Ogilvie (left) joins Sue Hodge (Fairy Godmother), Suzanne David (Cinderella) and Jez Edwards (Buttons) for the pantomime launch on Millennium Square in Leeds

One of the stars of classic television comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo is heading to Leeds to play a lead role in this year’s Carriageworks Christmas pantomime.

Actress Sue Hodge, who played cheeky French waitress and resistance fighter Mimi Labonq in the long-running BBC series, will be taking on the role of Fairy Godmother in the production of ‘Cinderella’ which will run at the Millennium Square venue from Friday 3rd December until Sunday 8th January 2011.

The countdown to the show began this week when the cast paid their first visit to the venue. Alongside Sue Hodge was CBBC presenter Jez Edwards, returning to The Carriageworks by popular demand after his performance in last year’s show ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ proved such a hit with the sell-out audiences. He is cast this year as Buttons, the caring friend of Cinderella.

Leading lady Suzanne David plays the title role of Cinderella herself, while ugly sisters Trinny (Roger Darrock) and Susannah (Stephen Howe), will be doing all they can to stop the happily-ever-after pantomime ending.

The show is being produced by London-based pantomime experts Paul Holman Associates, who have enjoyed great success at The Carriageworks with Aladdin and Snow White over the last two years.

Actress Sue Hodge said:

“Leeds has some very fond memories for me. My good friend and co-star from ‘Allo ‘Allo Gordon Kaye lives there and we regularly catch-up over a nice meal in the city. I also topped the bill at the City Varieties Music Hall so I’m really looking forward to waving the wand of Fairy Godmother and bringing some magic to The Carriageworks this Christmas. It’s going to be a special Christmas in Leeds.”


The show will tell the tale of the traditional family Christmas rags-to-riches favourite, complete with magic wand, pumpkins, a glittering coach, glass slipper and a spell which breaks when the clock chimes midnight.

Featuring stunning scenery, colourful costumes, creative choreography, an action-packed storyline, slapstick comedy and plenty of audience participation, Cinderella is sure to be a festive hit with people of all ages.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The Christmas pantomime at The Carriageworks has already become an established festive event in Leeds and we are very much looking forward to this year’s production.

“The family show will be ideal for getting people of all ages into the Christmas spirit and we are sure it will be another great success.”

Tickets for Cinderella can now be booked by contacting The Carriageworks Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

Notes to editors:
1. The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It showcases the best new national and regional performance with a dynamic programme of theatre, dance, comedy and film. At the same time it provides support to young and emerging theatre makers, offering them a key platform to develop their work. The Carriageworks also gives opportunities for members of the local community to take part in a variety of high quality arts activities, and is home to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild. This is an umbrella group of performing societies offering the opportunity for local people to experience making theatre in a fully-functioning professional venue.
For further information contact Ali Cook, PR & Marketing Manager, Paul Holman Associates, Email: ali@paulholmanassociates.co.uk


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