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Preview: Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show at South Shields Westovian

South Shields Actor Dons His Wig and Returns Home

Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show
South Shields Westovian Theatre
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018

Actor and Entertainer Stephen Sullivan is set to return to the theatre where it all began for him. He will star as Dame Penelope Plank in Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show this Halloween. The show will play at The Pier Pavilion (The Westovian Theatre) in South Shields, a theatre where Stephen began treading the boards.

The family panto Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show tells the story of Peter, who whilst out trick or treating finds himself in a haunted graveyard with a cursed ghost. With the help of his gang of friends and mother Penelope, he hopes to defeat the evil and save the day. Oh, and eat as many sweets as he can!

This is the second Peter Plank pantomime of the year produced by Walton-Gunn productions, a new company set up by the show’s producer Stacy Walton. They produced the Easter pantomime Peter Planks Magical Mystical to great success back in April that also starred Stephen Sullivan. He played villain Gannabee Hellon with great relish, but this time around he gets to put the heels back on in a role that started it all.  “I started playing panto Dame for the Westovian Theatre Society, it’s a role I enjoy so much and had the chance to craft in my time at The Westovians. So, having the opportunity to get my Dame on once again in the theatre where it all began is an honour” Says Stephen.

Stephen Sullivan as Penelope Plank
As Penelope Plank he gets to share the stage once again with the show’s writer and star Wayne Miller. Having first worked together many years ago on the comedy The Big Time, they finally got to perform in panto earlier this year. Only this time it will be as the great panto pairing of mother and son.

“It was great playing the villain to Wayne’s hero in The Magical Mystical Egg, but getting to play the mother and son roles is even more special in panto. I can’t wait to be back at that theatre having some Halloween laughs.” Adds Stephen

Stephen Sullivan
Since learning his panto craft at The Westovians, Stephen has been earning great reviews and praise at The Customs House in South Shields, Whickham and Times Square Panto in Newcastle and Bolton Albert Hall’s. Something the show's producer Stacy Walton took note of. “Having known Stephen for some time now, I was following his career as any friend would. With the stellar reviews and reputation, he has gained though, I couldn’t not take notice as a producer. We knew we had to work with Stephen and to work with him on his old stomping ground made it even more special.” Says Stacy

Not only will Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show be celebrating Stephen’s return, but also the legacy of theatre lovers Chloe & Liam. Two north east teenagers who tragically lost their lives at the Manchester Arena bombing. The show will be holding a bucket collection after every show to raise money for the Chloe & Liam Together Forever Trust, which helps fund our future stars.

Peter Planks Spooky Spectacular Show runs the 27th & 28th October at The Westovian Theatre in South Shields.
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