Panto role for Blackadder

Blackadder, our bearded dragon, took centre stage at the star-studded launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto.

The limelight-loving reptile got a front row seat at the official cast photo shoot as Dudley Zoo is the local partner of the 2018/19 panto Sleeping Beauty, which opens on December 8.

Blackadder and our new Outreach Co-ordinator Madeleine Avila-Thomas and Customer Services Team Member Melissa Adams attended last week’s launch when all seven principal cast members came together for the first time.

The cast includes the lovely Debbie McGee, the former assistant and widow of magician Paul Daniels, Richard Cadell and his teddy bear sidekick Sooty and the Queen of the Black Country Doreen Tipton, who returns for a third consecutive pantomime season.

Also back for his third season as the dame is Ian Adams who directs the production too, assisted by Grand Theatre Chief Executive and Artistic Director Adrian Jackson.

West End star Oliver Ormson is joined by recording artist Bethan-Wyn Davies and Julie Paton returns to choreograph for a second year and plays the villain.

DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “It’s great to be once again teaming up with The Grand Theatre and we’re delighted to be continuing our long-running partnership with them until the 2019/20 season.

“We hope during their time in the Black Country the Sleeping Beauty stars will get chance to visit us at the zoo where they’ll receive a very warm welcome.”

Sleeping Beauty runs from December 8 to January 13. To book tickets CLICK HERE or call the box office on 01902 429212