It may only be March but plans for the Royal Spa Centre’s spectacular family pantomime Sleeping Beauty are already underway and they are delighted to announce the return of panto favourites J P McCue and Sean Dodds.
The duo have become part and parcel of the Leamington panto over the last few years and this will be JP’s sixth year at the Spa Centre.
“I LOVE working at The Spa Centre as it has such a family feel to it, from the technical team to front of house and box office staff and the cast old and new, it's such a welcoming place to call home for the festive season. Leamington itself is so beautiful with all the decorations, Christmas markets and shopping! PLUS it has the fanciest Wagamamas I've ever eaten in!”
I really enjoy playing Dame because of all the naughtiness I can get up to in the show. I love all the stories we get to tell in panto but I also adore the madness and the laughs we throw in too. Even the ones none of us see coming!”
JP spends much of the year abroad but Christmas just would not be the same without a return to the UK for panto: “When I am over here I miss the sun of course, as even though I'm Scottish I'm not great with the cold, and I miss my wonderful partner and my beautiful dog Apple, but they'll be over to see the panto, and I hope all of our brilliant audience members will be in again this year! You won't want to miss it!”
For Sean, who will be spending his fourth year at the Spa Centre, he feels Leamington is a home away from home. “The thing I love about the Spa Centre is that it's more than just a theatre… it's a cafe, a cinema and for me, a Christmas home! I also love the atmosphere in Leamington at Christmas time - the lights make everywhere so magical! When you're walking around the town it's a great feeling and it really gets you in the Christmas spirit!”
Before panto season arrives Sean will have a busy year doing some filming as well as running his own company specialising in children’s magic and entertainment.
Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre who are consultants to Warwick District Council on the pantomime, says “we are delighted to have both JP and Sean back for another season. They are both brilliant performers and the audiences absolutely adore them – you never know what is going to happen when those two are together on stage but you can be sure it will be great fun!”
Don't miss out on the hilarious antics of this expert slapstick duo when Sleeping Beauty opens on Saturday 2 December 2017.