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Curtain goes up on the 2016 Lichfield Garrick pantomime

Oh yes it is – the curtain is going up on the Lichfield Garrick’s annual pantomime.

Sleeping Beauty will enjoy its opening night this evening (December 1) after three weeks of rehearsals.

Sleeping Beauty stars Siani Owen and Rebecca Keatley

Sleeping Beauty stars Siani Owen and Rebecca Keatley

The cast – led by CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley – have also been busy turning on Christmas lights around the region.

Rebecca said: “The rehearsal process has been incredible. Working with such a talented cast and crew has been a dream come true.

“For those who have already bought a ticket you’re in for a treat, the music, set and script are truly magical, witty and entertaining. And, if you haven’t bought a ticket, what are you waiting for?”

This year’s cast also includes local Dame Sam Rabone, children’s author Ian Billings as the King, West End actress Siani Owen as Carabosse, Lloyd Davies as the Prince, and a welcome return to Joanne Stevens, who plays Sleeping Beauty.

Children’s entertainer Ben Thornton will also make his Lichfield Garrick debut as Jangles the Jester in the festive show.

Ben added: “It’s been great to meet the people of Lichfield and I’m so excited to be spending Christmas in this beautiful city.

“I’m looking forward to bringing some fun, laughter and silliness to Sleeping Beauty. It’s going to be an amazing few weeks.”

Sleeping Beauty runs at the Garrick until December 31. For tickets visit or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.

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