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Preview: The Chuckles of Oz at Darlington Civic Theatre

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The Chuckles of Oz
Darlington Civic Theatre
Saturday 6 December – Sunday 11 January 2015

The Chuckle Brothers take to the Yellow Brick Road,
in Darlington Civic Theatre’s 3D pantomime, The Chuckles of Oz.
Real-life brothers Paul and Barry Elliott, better known as The Chuckle Brothers, return to panto in
Darlington after the massive success of Aladdin last year. The brothers will be joined by The Tin Man (Danny Potts), The Cowardly Lion (Phil Corbitt), The Scarecrow (Adam C Booth) and Glinda The Good Witch (Beth Stobbart).

The Chuckle Brothers are known to generations of children for their popular prime-time children’s television show Chucklevision, of which more than 290 episodes were made. The series proved to be so successful BAFTA presented Paul and Barry with an award for ‘services to British children’s television’. During the mid-nineties Paul and Barry also recorded three series of their own TV game show including a Christmas special, aptly titled To Me, To You after the brother’s legendary catchphrase.

Most recently Paul and Barry have toured the UK in their own shows including The Ghostly Shadows, The Pirates of the River Rother 2 and A 2014 Space Oddity. Ever in Demand the boys are often seen on TV programmes, including in recent years as contestants on Celebrity Coach Trip (C4) and Pointless (BBC).

Phil Corbitt, Danny Potts and Beth Stobbart will be known to local audiences, having shared the stage with The Chuckle Brothers last year in Aladdin.

For veteran television and stage actor Phil Corbitt this will be his fifteenth panto appearance, although for the first time as Lion! Danny Potts made his mark in the world-famous Hippodrome Circus where he headlined the show Excape at only 19; since then he has appeared in many stage-shows, most notably as Jimmy in Simon Stephens’ Bluebird, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew and his acclaimed performance as Charles J Guiteau in Assasins. Local actress Beth Stobbart has been no stranger to the Civic Theatre since last year’s pantomime, combing her performance work with teaching at the local ArtsSpark youth theatre.

Adam C Booth, who plays The Scarecrow, returns to Darlington Civic having played Buttons in Cinderella, and joins The Chuckles of Oz having recently completed a national tour of Betty Blue Eyes.


The Chuckles of Oz runs at Darlington Civic Theatre from Saturday 6 December 2014 until Sunday 11 January 2015.
Tickets are available from 01325 486555 or online at

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