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Dawn French to make her pantomime debut in Snow White at the London Palladium

Dawn French

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

QDOS Entertainment have announced that they will return to the West End for a third year with the pantomime Snow White at the London Palladium. Directed by Michael Harrison, it will run for a strictly limited five weeks – from December 8, 2018 to January 13, 2019.

Public booking opens on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Produced by the Olivier Award-winning team behind last year’s Dick Whittington, Snow White at the London Palladium will star Dawn French as The Wicked Queen and sees the return of Julian Clary as The Man in The Mirror, Paul Zerdin as Muddles, Nigel Havers as The Understudy and Gary Wilmot as Mrs Crumble.

Joining them are Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry as The King and The Queen and Josh Bennett, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Ben Goffe, Jamie John, Blake Lisle and Andrew Martin as The Magnificent Seven.

Final casting for the role of the Prince and title role of Snow White as well as members of the ensemble will be announced at a later date.

Actor, writer and comedian Dawn French, who is making her pantomime debut as The Wicked Queen, is an original member of The Comic Strip and one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders. She was last on the West End stage in October 2016 in her critically acclaimed one woman show 30 Million Minutes at the Vaudeville Theatre. Her previous stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Evening with French and Saunders, French and Saunders Live, French and Saunders Still Alive, Le Fille du Regiment, Side by Side by Sondheim, Silly Cow, When I was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout and Smaller.

Her extensive television credits include Delicious, Little Big Shots, The Wrong Mans, Roger and Val Have Just Got In, Girls on Top, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, Let Them Eat Cake and the multi award-winning BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley. Her film credits include Coraline, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Maybe Baby and Milk. And her best-selling books include Dear Fatty, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia, According To Yes and Me. You. A Diary.

Julian Clary returns to the London Palladium for the third year following his triumphant successes as The Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington and Dandini in Cinderella. His television debut came in 1989 with ITV quiz show Trick or Treat and Channel 4’s Sticky Moments. Clary is also a best-selling author and a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute. In 2016, he toured with his one man show The Joy of Mincing and in 2017 was seen in Le Grand Mort at the Trafalgar Studios.

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin took the US by storm when he won America’s Got Talent, which was swiftly followed by his own residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. In the UK, Zerdin has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, was seen on Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show and has previously appeared at the Palladium as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington and as Buttons in Cinderella.

Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers’ film credits include Chariots of Fire, Passage to India and Empire of The Sun, while his many television credits include Coronation Street, Downton Abbey, The Life of Rock and Benidorm. He has also appeared on stage in Art and The Importance of Being Earnest (West End) and touring productions of Rebecca, Single Spies and Basket Case. He returns to the Palladium where he played Captain Nigel in Dick Whittington and Lord Chamberlain in Cinderella.

Gary Wilmot’s numerous theatre credits include last year’s Palladium pantomime Dick Whittington, The Wind in the Willows also at the London Palladium, Big The Musical (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre/UK tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Copacabana (Prince of Wales Theatre), Carmen Jones (Old Vic), Pirates of Penzance (Regent’s Park Theatre) and Me and My Girl (Aldephi Theatre).

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry are one of the country’s most successful Ballroom, Latin American and Argentine Tango performers and choreographers. After competing successfully together for many years, they gained a strong following after joining BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2005. Since leaving the show, they have starred in and co-choreographed productions including Midnight Tango, Dance ‘til Dawn and The Last Tango.

Snow White at the London Palladium is produced by Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison for Qdos Entertainment. Nick Thomas is the founder and Chairman of Qdos Entertainment Group, one of the largest entertainment companies in Europe and is the UK’s second largest regional theatre and concert hall operator. Michael Harrison has previously produced over 100 pantomimes for Qdos Entertainment where he is also Managing Director. As a producer in the West End his credits include Gypsy, The Bodyguard, Annie and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.

This third brand-new production created especially for the London Palladium will again have scenery designed by Ian Westbrook, with costumes designed by Hugh Durrant, visual special effects by The Twins FX, lighting by Ben Cracknell and original music by Gary Hind.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7087 7747 (no booking fee) or visit snowwhitepalladium.com/.