The Sword In The Stone

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The Sword In The Stone | Get-In Set Build | New Wolsey Theatre 2015

The Sword In The Stone | Get-In Day One | New Wolsey Theatre 2015

A BRAND NEW ROCK AND ROLL PANTO

The New Wolsey Theatre is proud to present a BRAND NEW rock and roll pantomime to start our 15th birthday year! Written by Peter Rowe, and performed in the New Wolsey’s traditional actor-musician style, this brand new take on the legendary tale of King Arthur mixes music and magic, swordplay and slapstick into a wicked festive brew with a classic rock n roll kick.

It’s the end of the war and the Barbarians have been beaten back! But now the time has come to unite the seven kingdoms together by crowning the bravest knight of all as the rightful King of all the Britons. Join Merlin, Guinevere, Kay and the stunning Dame Bernadette Broadbottom to discover just who pulled the sword from that stone!

With favourite tunes including: I’m Going To Rain On Your Parade, You Got The Love, Come On Baby Light My Fire and Backstreet's Back…

…It’s time to Rule The World!

Our panto is suitable for all ages but we've also got a fantastic show for children aged 3 to 7 at the Studio Theatre with tickets starting from £5. Find out more by viewing 'The Paper Dolls' from the what's on page.

Please note, the only £10 ticket availability is now for midweek 1.30pm matinee performances. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for evening performances please call 01473 295900.


Cast & Creatives

Sean Kingsley — Merlin

West End credits: Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (Queens & Palace Theatres), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Braithwaite in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Tom Jenkins in Scrooge (Dominion), Admetus and Munkustrap in Cats (New London), Me and My Girl (Adelphi).

Other theatre includes: Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ursus in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); Gyp Decarlo in Jersey Boys (UK tour); Max in Jackie the Musical (Dundee Gardyne Theatre); Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (10th anniversary world arena tour); Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Minack); Eddie/Dr Scott in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Frederick Trumper [The American] in Chess, 20th Anniversary Concert (Oslo Spektrum Stadium); Bill Austin in Mama Mia International Tour; The Man in Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour & Dublin Festival); Johnny Reno in Burlesque (The Arts); King Rat in Dick Whittington (The theatre, Chipping Norton); Saucy Jack in Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens (Saucy Jacks’ - London); Nicholas Skeres in The Lie (Hen & Chickens); Mike in Hot Pants (Oldham Coliseum); Cyrano de Bergerac in the new adaptation – Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street Theatre); Tom Jenkins in Scrooge (Bromley Churchill, National and European Tours); Mike Costa in the celebrated Derby Playhouse anniversary production of A Chorus Line; Slap in Hot Shoe Shuffle (Bromley Churchill and National Tour); Gabey in On the Town (National Tour); Joe in Matchgirls(Bromley); A Month in the Country, The Rivals and Toad of Toad Hall (Liverpool Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Empire).  Sean also performed in the workshop for Tim Rice and his new musical adaptation of the novel From Here To Eternity.

Actor/Musician: Merlin in The Sword In The Stone, Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington, Fleshcreep in Jack & The Beanstalk and King Camelot in Sleeping Beauty (Ipswich New Wolsey Rock Panto); Orin [the Dentist] in Little Shop Of Horrors (Birmingham Rep).

Film/Television: Alan in London Road (Cuba Pictures), PC Harrison in Poirot [The Third Girl] (LWT), Stuart Ambrose in Wirein the Blood IV, Episode 1 (Coastal); Colin Piper in Merseybeat IV, Episode 1 (BBC); Gary Stephens in The Bill, (Talkback Thames).

 Vocal: As a rock/blues vocalist with a powerful three octave plus range, Sean has been performing professionally since the age of fifteen, starting out in the ‘working mens’ clubs in the north. Since then he has toured globally for numerous concerts.  He is most proudly the front man for Delta Blues band Sugarland Slim who within six months of forming were picked to support Peter Green for his UK comeback tour.  They are a ‘mainstage’ act on the European blues festival scene and have recorded two very successful  CDs (Blues This Bad & Texan Calypso) which were co-written by Sean who also plays guitar, drums, keyboards and tap dances on both!

Daniel Carter-Hope — Sir Cedric Scuttlebutt

Dan has appeared in the last three rock and roll pantos at the New Wolsey Theatre, playing an incompetent rat, an incompetent merchant and an incompetent knight. He thinks he is a competent bass player, and has just completed a five month tour in the band for Jackie the Musical. As well as actor musician work, Dan has performed comedy for the science museum, British Council and Edinburgh Fringe, presented science live and on tv and had roles in many short films. He played the lead in the award winning short film The Furred Man for local filmmaker Paul Williams.

Graham Kent — Dame Bernadette Broadbottom

West End: Includes the lead role of The Engineer, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Aladdin (Shaw), Tintin in Tibet (Barbican).                                                                                       Other theatre: Includes Dame Bernadette Broadbottom in The Sword in the Stone, And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre); Dusty (Charing Cross); As You Like it (Ludlow/Stafford Festival); Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury Waterside); Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Stafford Gatehouse); Animal Farm (Clwyd Theatr); Spend Spend Spend (original production at the Watermill and national tour); Aladdin (Shaw, London); A Word from Our Sponsor, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Scarborough and Chichester Festival); Iago, Othello and Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kent Rep); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Dukes, Lancaster); The Narrator, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manchester Library); The Strindberg Chamber Plays (The Gate); A View from the Bridge (Greenwich); Peachum, The Beggar’s Opera (Buxton Opera Festival); Lockitt (Bridewell, London). National tours include Company, Chicago and The Rivals (Century Theatre); Happy End (Nottingham Playhouse); The Good Companions (Ipswich); Dick Barton: The Excess of Evil and Young Dick Barton (Croydon Warehouse); Aladdin (Stevenage); Framed; Trust No One; The Man of La Mancha and The Wizard of Oz (Edinburgh Lyceum); Something Wicked this way Comes (National Theatre of Scotland).

Television: Includes Call the Midwife, Doctors, EastEnders, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, Grange Hill (the school chef!), In the Red, Bugs, The Knock, Trail of Guilt, Thief Takers, A Line in the Sand, Bramwell.

Film: Includes The Muppets…Again! (Disney), Lift (Faster Baby Productions), From Hell (20th Century Fox).

Training: Guildford School of Acting.

Sir Lancelot

Lucy Wells — Guinevere

Georgina White — Morgan Le Fay

Barnaby Southgate — Sir Gawain & Assistant Musical Director

Steve Simmonds — Mordred

West End: The  Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess and Chichester Festival, Jonathan Church); Mack and Mabel (Criterion, Adam Kenwright/Watermill).

Other theatre: Steve Currie/Captain Sensible, 20th Century Boy (New Wolsey Theatre/UK no. 1 tour); The Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (New Wolsey); Bosun in Return to the Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Bob Carlton), Lend Me a Tenor, Gunmetal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Twelfth Night, The Servant of Two Masters, A Slice of Saturday Night, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s a Fine Life! (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); From a Jack to a King (Far East tour for British Theatre Playhouse); Norman Petty, The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/no. 1 tour); The Comedy of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals); Pinafore Swing (Watermill/national tour); Prior to training, Steve played Stitch in Oliver! (London Palladium, Sam Mendes).

Television: Includes Love Soup (BBC).

Training: Rose Bruford College.

Sandy Grigelis — King Arthur / Sprout

Rob Falconer — Kay


Reviews of The Sword In The Stone

What the press say


Excellent writing and energetic performances

The Stage

Good fun and expertly executed

The Reviews Hub

A magical production full of toe-tapping hits

British Theatre Guide

What the public say

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Essay: What is Pantomime? Why is it One of the Most Popular Forms of Theatre in the UK? – WordPress: Josh Ely

WOW what a terrific show Great fun to watch, such a lot of talented people. Had our whole family laughing and singing along. Thanks

Steve Hood

Having just seen this for the third time i have to say that its definitely the best i've seen. The talent among the cast is outstanding and I could sit there all night and listen to Steve Simmonds on that guitar! I also think that Ben Goddard deserves a special mention for his choice of music and his superb arrangements which I think took this show to a level that would be impossible to better.

chris dunnett

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