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Cbeebies Star Set To Bring Fairy Magic To Lichfield
A leading children's television presenter has been lined up to star in a Staffordshire theatre's traditional pantomime. Cbeebie's Rebecca Keatley, star of children's TV shows Let's Play and Time For School, has been confirmed to play Princess Moonbeam in the Lichfield Garrick's annual panto, Sleeping Beauty, which runs at the theatre from December 1 to 31 this year.

Rebecca Keatley. Image Credit: Steve Gregson

Sleeping Beauty continues the annual tradition of pantomimes at the Lichfield Garrick over the festive period, and follows on from the recording breaking 2015 show, Jack and the Beanstalk. It is also the first pantomime under the full direction of Artistic Director, Tim Ford. Rebecca, who will be making her Lichfield debut, said: "I'm delighted to be spending the festive season in Lichfield. I'm looking forward to spreading some fairy magic at the Lichfield Garrick and taking part in this spellbinding Christmas pantomime."

Sleeping Beauty
Panto magic to return to Lichfield with Sleeping Beauty

Joining Rebecca is local actor Sam Rabone who joins the cast as Lichfield's new Dame following years of success by his predecessor Ian Adams. Although new to Lichfield, Sam has plenty of experience playing the Dame in pantomimes across the country, including his role as Nurse Nellie in Yeovil's production of Sleeping Beauty last year. He said: "I'm over the moon to play the dame at the Lichfield Garrick! Having travelled the country from Scotland to Somerset, Lichfield is only a stone's throw away from my home town of Sutton Coldfield. People of Lichfield should be prepared to see a show with more laughter than ever before!"

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick prepares to host latest pantomime

Sleeping Beauty is the first pantomime at the Lichfield Garrick to be co-produced with Evolution Productions. Led by television presenter Paul Henley and his partner Emily Wood, Evolution is the most successful pantomime company in the country producing spectacular shows throughout the UK. Paul commented: "We are absolutely thrilled that Rebecca Keatley and Sam Rabone have agreed to appear in Sleeping Beauty. Rebecca is immensely popular with young children; she is funny, quirky and loveable - the perfect fairy! Sam is undoubtedly one of the best dames in the country and, as a local boy, we know the Lichfield audiences are going to love him!"

Lichfield Garrick
Packed houses expected for Sleeping Beauty

Further cast announcements for Sleeping Beauty will be made over the next few months. The pantomime runs at the Lichfield Garrick from 1 to 31 December 2016, with a variety of schools, matinee and evening performances. For ticket prices and times, go online or call the box office on 01543 412121.

Rebecca Keatley. Image Credit: Steve Gregson
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Why? All The Magic Of The Panto
When: 1 - 31 December 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
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