‘Sleeping Beauty’ panto ready for stage

Sleeping Beauty, the panto at Colne Muni
Sleeping Beauty, the panto at Colne Muni

“The Sleeping Beauty” is this year’s panto at Colne Muni, just a stone’s throw from the Ribble Valley.

The Muni panto, written and produced for almost two decades by George Critchley, has become something of an institution which every year attracts scores of Ribble Vally families, not to mention groups of Brownies, Cubs and other youth groups, across to the neighbouring borough.

This year’s show is a true timeless classic, though no doubt given a few modern twists and a liberal sprinkling of George Critchley’s own brand of magical fairy dust. The first pantomime version of “The Sleeping Beauty” was performed at Drury Lane in 1806, more than 200 years ago.

In the Colne Muni version, Shorelle Hepkin from CBBC’s “Wolfblood” takes on the role of Fairy Liquid; Hollyoaks’ Darren John Langford returns to the Muni, this time to play the part of Lord Chamberpot, while the beautiful Nikki Horsburgh stars in the leading role as Princess Aurora.

For a 10th triumphant year comedy genius Keith De’ Winter returns as the panto dame, this year to star as Nurse Nanny! And of course the show wouldn’t be the same without George Critchley, who returns for his 19th consecutive season to play the part of Simple Simon in addition to his offstage producer and director roles.

To complete the line-up, Samuel Pope takes on the role of Prince Valentine and Jenny Layton is the evil Carabosse the Maleficent... boo, hiss!

Support also comes, as usual, come from the young dancers of the East Lancs School of Dance.

“The Sleeping Beauty” will be on stage at Colne Muni from January 3rd to the 18th. For details of all performances and to book tickets visit www.themuni.co.uk or call 01282 661234.

Some of the cast of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ at Colne Muni.