Preview: Remember Jim? , Gala Durham

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PANTO villain Neil Armstrong is up to his old tricks at Gala Theatre.

But this time the theatre’s resident baddie is taking audiences backstage for a comedy thriller set in a pantomime dressing room.

Remember Jim? finds Neil playing the part of an actor midway through a panto run at a provincial theatre.

When he and his co-star receive a terrifying ultimatum from an old acquaintance, it looks like the rest of the run could be in jeopardy.

Unbeknown to them, their unexpected visitor has plans to make their matinee performance go with a bang.

Written by Neil, who has played the villain in five consecutive Gala pantomimes, Remember Jim? promises a chillingly entertaining night out with equal measures of laughter and suspense.

The play reunites Neil with Peter Peverley, best known for his one-man show The Little Waster, and David Tarkenter, who most recently appeared in rep season at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Neil said: “It’s great to be performing alongside Peter and David again. Peter and I ran a theatre company together and David and I appeared in panto together three years in a row – once as the ugly sisters, although David had the better legs.”

He added: “I’ve always been a fan of thrillers and I thought it would be an interesting twist to see what happened if you threw a raging psychopath into a panto dressing room while two blokes were trying to get through a performance of Dick Whittington.”

•Remember Jim? is at Gala Theatre tonight at 7.30pm. Gala is offering tickets at £8 each when booking by phone or in person. Simply quote Jim8.

To book, visit Gala box office, call 03000 266 600, or go online at www.galadurham.co.uk