Last week saw my last gig take place with Troubadour for the year, I’ve had such an enjoyable summer with the boys performing in many different places. I’ve been so lucky to visit some beautiful places and perform in cracking theatre onboard Cunard, P&O & SAGA cruise lines. Almost scary to think that those type of venues are actually on a ship! I can’t wait to get back with the boys in the new year and continue to do what I’ve loved doing this year on land and at sea!
Now it’s almost time to head to pantoland with my pal Charlie Richmond who I’m lucky to work alongside with in my forth pantomime at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. I’m starting to feel like part of the furniture there now, which is great. Charlie is great, and playing Buttons this year. I’ve known him for years, even long before my days in panto, and he’s just hilarious offstage as he is onstage! We’re both turning on Gateshead Trinity Square christmas lights tomorrow night (22nd November), and attending St Oswalds Hospice christmas market on Saturday (24th November), both great events that we also took part in last year.
The stars in the show include Maureen Nolan as our fairy godmother, yes, A NOLAN, A SINGING LEGEND! We all met each other at the Cinderella press launch a couple of months back, and I happened to stay in touch with Maureen, she’s so lovely, and I think our region is going to love her while she’s here for christmas. We met up in Blackpool while I was gigging there about 3 weeks ago, and I just know she will be my ‘panto mam’ this year. Jamie Lambert from Collabro plays Prince Charming, again, a cracking chap, I sense a few nights out on the toon with this one, and I’m looking forward to being his right hand man in the show. Lola Saunders from X Factor is Cinderella, I’ve known her a lot of years, she’s going to be a great Cinderella, and not forgetting Connor Byrne AKA Mike from Tracy Beaker & The Dumping Ground as Baron Hardup. I literally grew up watching Tracy Beaker, and now I’m starring in a panto with Mike the careworker! I’m so excited to be starring in the show with this great lineup.
That leads me onto tell you to buy your tickers now, it’s going to be fantastic, and very magical!!
It’s nearly panto time, and everything is in their final checks. The poster has been released, tickets are selling extremely well, and we’re being sponsored by Heart North East, The Hudson & The County Hotel in Newcastle. We’re having our press launch in a couple of weeks, and I’m so excited to have a little pantomime tease and meet the cast.
If Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasn’t enough for you, I’m very excited to head back to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House for my forth year this coming Christmas.
I am so thrilled to be playing Dandini in Cinderella this christmas with another all star cast. The recent festive season has been my absolute favourite meeting friends for life and having such a fantastic time. The amount of feedback and reviews I received this Christmas was something else, and I loved every minute of starring in Snow White.
I can’t wait to star alongside Charlie Richmond once again and I can’t wait to hear who else will be starring in the show and coming to the ball with us.
This year it’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and the full line up has been announced!
Lewis stars as Herman The Henchman alongside a bunch of stars. Liberty X star and Newcastle’s own Michelle Heaton joins the cast as the Wicked Queen, with Britains Got Talent winner Matt Pagan (Collabro) as the Prince alongside Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny Posthill as Dame Dotty. North East favourite Charlie Richmond stars as Muddles with Robyn McEnaney as Snow White & ITV Tyne Tees presenter Rachel Sweeney as the Magic Mirror.
After 5 and a bit months at sea, I’m back home and I’m excited about having a little bit of time off!
We arrived back in Liverpool yesterday morning after a 8 day trip to Norway which included visits to Flam, Olden & Bergen. We had been to Norway several times over the time onboard.
I had such a great time performing on the Boudicca, the team I worked alongside (which you can see in the photo) were fantastic and I’m gutted we’ve all gone our separate ways. I wish them all the best of luck with whatever they’re going to be getting up to. We had such a blast visiting many amazing places. One was Bermuda (to name a few) for the Americas Cup. It was fantastic, the weather, the racing and of course the time we had off!
As I write this, I’m sat in my living room without shoes on, and that feels great considering I wouldn’t go bare foot anywhere on the ship! It also felt brilliant to wake up in my own bed this morning too!