The stars of Alhambra Theatre’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, proved it’s never too early for a wake-up call as they launched this year’s festive production!
Christmas came early yesterday in Bradford when comic and panto favourite Billy Pearce (King Billy), TV doctor and presenter Dr Ranj (The Royal Doctor), Liz Ewing (Carabosse), Brogan McFarlane (Princess Aurora) and Sabrina Aloueche (The Good Fairy) met outside the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford to launch Yorkshire’s biggest panto.
Billy Pearce first topped the bill of the Alhambra Theatre’s annual festive production in 1993, winning acclaim from critics and audience members alike, solidifying his reputation as the King of Yorkshire comedy. He has performed in five Children’s Royal Variety Performances and three Royal Variety Performances as well as many fantastic theatre shows. Side-splittingly funny, Billy will bring his trademark mad-cap comedy and boundless energy to the stage and will have audiences laughing in the aisles.
Dr Ranj is a well-known TV personality. He is one of the resident doctors on ITV’s leading daytime series This Morning, co-presenter of ITV’s prime-time series Save Money: Good Health and Save Money: Lose Weight and co-creating host of BAFTA award-winning CBeebies series, Get Well Soon. In 2018 Ranj swapped his scrubs for sequins as a Strictly Come Dancing
contestant, partnered with Janette Manrara. The dancing duo also took part in the Strictly Live Tour in 2019. Dr Ranj is delighted to be hitting the stage in his pantomime debut!
Liz Ewing is a Scottish television and theatre actress. With plenty of London West End theatre work under her belt and an illustrious musical theatre career, Liz has gone one to star in many TV productions including BBC’s The Nest and ITV’s Taggart.
Adam Renton General Manager Bradford Theatres said: “The Alhambra Theatre’s spectacular pantomime is back this year to thrill the huge numbers of people who regularly visit as part of their festive celebration. The brilliant and hugely popular Billy Pearce will be back in panto-land this year alongside the talented Dr Ranj and of course our fantastic supporting company. It’s now time to hopefully lift our spirits and enjoy the magnificent tradition of Pantomime at the Alhambra Theatre. We cannot wait to welcome customers back to share some festive magic, witness spectacular effects, laugh loudly and create some wonderful memories!”
Photos by Nigel Hillier