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10 December 2019 at 10:36 am

They’re behind you! Double the dame at this year’s panto

Article Author:
Edward Dixon

You’re in for a treat this Christmas, as we’re giving you double trouble in our spectacular family pantomime; Cinderella. 


Following the success of last year, we’re supersizing our 2019 panto to fill our new enlarged stage. And that can only mean one thing- there’s more room for fun!


Actor James Campbell will be returning for his eighth pantomime with us this year as the Ugly Sister, Lady Domestos. But to double the trouble this year, he’ll have a sidekick in the form of Ugly Sister, Lady Parazone, played by Ian Jervis. 


Joining them will be Chloe Sparrowhawk as Cinderella, Emma Clare as the Fairy Godmother, and Adam Fox who is back by popular demand as the hysterical Buttons.


James made the switch from a comic role to dame when he played the Ugly Sister in our 2013 production of Cinderella, so this will be his second time in the role: 


“The dame is traditionally the glue that holds the whole panto together,” said James. “From quick quips to making playful jokes with the audience, it’s a role that requires you to be on the ball because pantomimes can be quite unpredictable.”


“There’s lots of comedy and choreography to learn, especially perfecting physical comedy that’s time sensitive. It’s harder than it seems to make something intentional look like a mistake!” 


So, given that this year’s panto is set to be bigger than ever, it’s a good job James has someone to join in on the fun this year! Ian has starred in two of our pantomimes before but this is his first time appearing as a dame. 


Cinderella panto launch October 2019me

Sat amongst his 11 – yes 11! – incredible costumes as he gets ready for rehearsal, Ian said: “It’s very exciting to be playing a dame this year. It’s been quite a challenge to learn how to put make-up on, but it’s a great deal of fun!


“My biggest challenge has definitely been getting used to the number of costume changes. Previously, I’ve only ever had one or two but this year, I have 11 in each show!


“It’s been great to work alongside James in this role and I’ve been learning a lot from him along the way. We make a great pair, so expect to see an action packed performance from us with lots of witty repartee, dancing and competition for the affections of the prince!”


And of course, it wouldn’t be a pantomime without a little bit of audience participation.


James has had plenty of practice at picking on audience members, adding: “It’s my favourite part of the panto. From high-fiving people and picking a new boyfriend from the audience to handing out treats to the children, there’s always something fun and unexpected happening off the stage – you don’t get that experience in most plays!”


Cinderella runs from December 6th 2019 to January 4th 2020 and will be produced by JMP in association with Lincoln Drill Hall.


To book your tickets for the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, visit our website.



Cinderella panto launch October 2019