Oscar winner Jim lends a hand to beautiful production

Mistress Bumble the Royal Nursemaid (Nigel Dring) and Good Elf Bertie (Tom Howard) add some frolickinh fun to the tale of Sleeping Beauty

Mistress Bumble the Royal Nursemaid (Nigel Dring) and Good Elf Bertie (Tom Howard) add some frolickinh fun to the tale of Sleeping Beauty

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THERE can’t be many rural pantomimes that feature and Oscar winning actor - but that is what’s happening at the Broadbent Theatre this season.

Jim Broadbent has taken time out of his busy schedule promoting his latest film The Iron Lady, where he stars alongside Meryl Streep, to record the role of narrator for Lindsey Rural Players’ pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

“We feel exceptionally privileged and honoured that our President Jim Broadbent has done this for us,” said Juliana Hogg, who has teamed up with Patrick Markham to direct the production.

Juliana and Patrick haven’t worked together on a production like this since their much acclaimed production of “Cinderella – It’s A Kinda of Magic” ten years ago and have enjoyed teaming up again, to bring an action packed production with lots of lighting and sound effects.

Sleeping Beauty has become a much loved traditional pantomime.

The audience is invited to join in the celebrations of the birth of the Royal Princess Catherine and witness the evil Fairy Gravia cast her spell stating that the Princess would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die!

Can the good fairy Tania and her brother Bertie cast a counter spell to stop this from happening? Will Bertie earn his fairy wings? Will Prince William find his Princess? Will the Royal Nursemaid Mistress Bumble get her man?

The cast includes Nigel Dring as Mistress Bumble, Tom Howard and Rachel Hogg as good fairies Bertie and Tania, Ian Rushby as Master of Ceremonies, Mary Scott and Phil Cotterill as the Minstrels and newcomer to LRP Sharon Mace as the evil fairy Gravia.

And the audience is invited to go along in fancy dress - Strictly Panto of course - to have the opportunity to join the cast on stage.

Sleeping Beauty will be performed over three weekends - Thursday to Sunday - starting on January 26, when there will be a special opening night ticket offer of two for one on single tickets.

Tickets cost £7 and £5.50, with a family ticket available at £22.

Full details are available at www.broadbent.org where tickets can also be booked or call the box office on 01673 885500.