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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
Since learning his panto craft at The
Westovians, Stephen has been earning great reviews and praise at The
Customs House in South Shields, Whickham
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
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.