A Beccles stage is set to be transformed into the iconic Sherwood Forest this pantomime season as the town welcomes Robin Hood and his merry men.
SparkLive Pantomimes will be bringing the popular king of outlaws to the Public Hall over the Christmas period in what promises to be a show packed with family fun.
Audiences will go on a journey with the swashbuckling hero during his mission to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and win the heart of his fair maiden, Marian.
Slapstick comedy, magical music and crowd participation are all a given – not to mention a huge helping of festive sparkle.
The stars all joined together at the launch this week and marked the occasion by visiting a series of local landmarks.
Robin Hood is led by Rebecca Jillings in the title role, Thom Bailey will play Friar Tuck and Daniel Hanton, who has hosted Sunday Night Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, will take on the role of the pantomime dame Nurse Nellie.
Helen Harper is the Enchantress of the Forest and a cast member for the third year running, the hilarious Ross Chenery returns as Will Scarlett and Laura Watling will make her debut as Maid Marian.
And not forgetting Christian Manderfield, who is expecting plenty of boos and hisses in his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Robin Hood is the third pantomime that SparkLive Pantomimes have brought to the hall in so many years.
James Aggett, general manager of Beccles Public Hall, said he was looking forward to welcoming the company back.
“The last two years with SparkLive at the helm of our Beccles pantomime have been fantastic. We have seen hundreds of families come through our doors who have travelled from all corners of Norfolk and Suffolk to see the show.
“They are an extremely professional company who know exactly how to put on an event and I can’t wait to see what they have come up with this year.”
Ryan Holt, producer of SparkLive Pantomimes, promised some jaw-dropping surprises.
“Every year we try to build on the success of the last and this year will be no different. We have got some seasoned professionals in the cast, who promise some action-packed family fun.
“It will be an all-singing, all-dancing comedy with some exciting spectacles that we hope all ages of the audience will enjoy.”
The show will run for 12 performances beginning on Friday, December 22nd 2017.
Tickets are £10 for children and £12 for adults. Concessions are £11 and a family of four is £40.
They are on sale now at Beccles Public Hall box office, open from 10am until 3pm, Monday to Saturday, by calling 01502 770060 or visiting www.becclespublichall.org.uk
Picture captions: The cast of Robin Hood arriving in Beccles. Credit: Charlotte James Photography.