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Curtains twitching for Sleeping Beauty

Where's the handsome Prince when you need him? The cast of this year's panto at Durham's Gala Theatre will be dispensing some traditional seasonal cheer when they take to the stage to present the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Where's the handsome Prince when you need him? The cast of this year's panto at Durham's Gala Theatre will be dispensing some traditional seasonal cheer when they take to the stage to present the story of Sleeping Beauty.

A PANTO star is looking forward to sleeping on the job – oh yes she is.

Christina Cuttell, who plays Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at Durham Gala Theatre this Christmas, was joined by co-stars for the first day of rehearsals for this year’s production.

She caught the attention of passers-by at Millennium Place as she posed with Gala’s resident panto baddie Neil Armstrong, who plays Wizard Scorchard, Paul Hartley, who returns as Silly Billy, and other cast members on a bed fit for a princess inside the theatre.

Neil said: “I’m delighted to be back at Gala for what will be my fifth outing as Durham’s own festive baddie.

“The audiences are always up for some fun and I can’t wait for the booing to start.

“The Gala panto is always a great family trip out, with many of the ‘big kids’ enjoying the silly jokes and audience participation just as much as the younger audience members.”

Sleeping Beauty runs from Thursday, November 29, to Saturday, January 5, and includes matinee and evening performances.

Tickets start at £6.50 per person with special deals for families and preview and matinee shows.

To book, visit gala box office, call 332 4041 or go online at www.galadurham.co.uk.

 

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