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Star of stage and screenVicky Entwistleas Carabosse
Tracey Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground and EastEnders actress Amy-Leigh Hickmanas Princess Briar Rose
Sunderland Empire and Martin Dodd for UK Productions are delighted to announce further star casting for the classic tale of Sleeping Beautywhich is set to bed down at Sunderland Empire from 9th – 31st December 2016.
Vicky Entwistle, best known for playing Janice Battersby in ITV’s Coronation Streetis set to reveal a wicked side on Wearside when she takes on the evil role of Carabosse. No stranger to the stage recent credits include Madame Thénardier in the legendary musical Les Misérables, Mrs Baldry in the 2012 tour of Funny Peculiar and ‘Woman 3’ in the UK tour of The Vagina Monologues.
It was on stage that Vicky was spotted by Granada Television casting director and was offered the role of machinist Janice Lee in Coronation Street, making her debut on 6 January 1997. The following month, Vicky was told that she would become the mother of the street's new family The Battersby's and was introduced to fellow actors Bruce Jones, Jane Danson and Georgia Taylor.
After fourteen years Vicky decided that the Street’s 50th anniversary year was the right time to say goodbye to Janice. Since leaving Coronation Street behind she has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and made her West End debut playing Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables. Vicky has recently filmed the role of Francis Whittaker in Father Brown series 5 for the BBC.
Amy-Leigh Hickman joins Vicky as the beautiful Princess Briar Rose, and judging by her many TV credits she may just be ready for a long sleep. Amy–Leigh is most well known for playing Carmen in the popular CBBC series ‘Tracy Beaker’, followed by the spin off series ‘The Dumping Ground’ which is currently in its third season. Amy–Leigh spent most of 2013 filming in Africa and Hungary for the action show Strike Back and has since worked further on TV drama. Since Strike Back, Amy-Leigh has played Aisha Karim on ‘Casualty’ and Sarah Boswell on ‘Doctors’ before landing the role of Linzi Bragg in ‘EastEnders’.
The enchanting tale of Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Briar Rose, and how TRAGEDY strikes when she has a spell cast over her by wicked fairy, Carabosse, sending her into a deep sleep. Will this be ONEFOR SORROW or will the spell be broken by a handsome Prince?
Vicky Entwistle and Amy-Leigh Hickman join the previously announced cast which includes North East based actress and ‘Steps’ star Faye Tozer asthe Good Fairy, Cbeebies and Balamory favourite Andrew Agnew in the dual role of Silly Billy and Director and legend of radio, screen and stageBobby CrushasNurse Nelly.
Sleeping Beauty is set to be another spectacular pantomime that promises to add a fairy tale touch to the festive season. Packed full of hilarious jokes, show-stopping song and dance, larger-than-life characters, colourful costumes, sparkling sets and amazing Computer Generated Image (CGI) special effects!
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