Archive for the ‘Sleeping Beauty 2012’ Category

Sleeping Beauty: ‘Kent News’ Review

December 5th, 2012

The third review of the day for Sleeping Beauty, and it’s another one full of praise from Kent News.

Writing a pantomime can be no easy task. There before you sits an audience as diverse as Alec Guinness’ CV and all with the expectation that their hard-earned money spent on the tickets will deliver laughs and pratfalls a-plenty.

With that in mind, there’s also the added complication of weaving in the particular talents of your eclectic cast – drawn from a wide variety of showbusiness disciplines – and still make sure you don’t lose sight of driving the storyline along.

Toyah Willcox is an excellent Carabosse, endlessly eliciting boos and jeers as her character looks to kill the young princess.

• Continue reading at Kent News.

Sleeping Beauty: ‘The Stage’ Review

December 5th, 2012

A positive review for The Marlowe Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, and Toyah, by The Stage.

This rather wet show meant that my notebook was soaked during the water pistol chase. And water spouts out of every corner and orifice in a hilarious slapstick scene set in a bathroom with Lloyd Hollett – very accomplished as Jangles – and Ben Roddy, terrific as Nurse Nellie. But water makes for wonderful comedy, and Hollett and Roddy know how to exploit every drop of it.

Rather drier, but also in fine form, is the ever-youthful Toyah Willcox, who cackles, curses, sings and dances like a teenager as Carabosse, the wicked fairy.

• Continue reading at The Stage.

Sleeping Beauty: ‘The Public Reviews’ Review

December 5th, 2012

Sleeping Beauty reviewed by The Public Reviews.

It’s panto time again and Paul Hendy and Emily Wood’s Evolution Productions is back in residence at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre. This production brings the sunshine back to a cold winter’s evening with plenty of laughs and heaps of audience participation.

The ‘big names’ this year are Toyah Willcox as Carabosse the bad fairy, and Gareth Gates as Prince Michael, closely followed by children’s favourite Katrina Bryan as Fairy Moonbeam.  Toyah Willcox has an incredible energy and presence, and her vocals are strong in her rock numbers, as expected.

• Continue reading at The Public Reviews.

Lorraine: Screen Captures

December 4th, 2012

A few screen caps from Toyah’s guest appearance on Lorraine. Click below to zoom!

Toyah @ ITV Player: Lorraine

December 4th, 2012

This morning’s edition of ITV1′s Lorraine is now available to watch online at ITV Player.

Lorraine Kelly presents a topical mix of entertainment, discussion and showbiz glamour.

Toyah’s short guest appearance is in part three of the programme. This will remain online at ITV Player for the next seven days.

Toyah on TV: Lorraine

December 4th, 2012

Toyah’s guest appearance on Lorraine, along with Gareth Gates, finally airs this morning.

The footage was pre-recorded last week. Lorraine is airing this morning from 8.30am to 9.25am on ITV1. It should be available to watch online at ITV Player post broadcast.

Visit Canterbury: Win Two Tickets To Sleeping Beauty

December 4th, 2012

… at the fabulous Marlowe Theatre

Following the incredible success of last year’s smash hit pantomime Cinderella, you’re guaranteed a feel-fantastic festive treat this Christmas with a whole host of stars including singing sensation Gareth Gates, pop legend Toyah Willcox, children’s favourite Katrina Bryan.

For your chance to win two tickets to this year’s pantomime at The Marlowe Theatre complete the form here (entry closes 4th January 2013).

Sleeping Beauty: Wicked Toyah at The Marlowe TONIGHT!

November 30th, 2012

Toyah’s panto for Christmas 2012, Sleeping Beauty, opens at The Marlowe Theatre this evening.

A number of the dates have already sold out at the 1200 seat capacity theatre.

The panto, one of Toyah’s longest ever, runs until 20th January and there are over 90 performances in total, including a thigh-slappingly exhaustive three on Saturday 22nd and 29th December.

This is Toyah’s 16th panto (in 17 years) and the third time she has played the Bad Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.

Toyah’s first panto appearance was in the title role of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1996. Since then she has played Peter Pan, Aladdin, the Genie, the Bad Fairy and the Wicked Queen in a variety of successful pantomimes across England.

Panto time is always a busy period for Toyah news but this year it has been exceptionally busy. View all of our Sleeping Beauty related news here.

• View further Sleeping Beauty information, show dates & times, and ticket booking details, at The Marlowe Theatre website, here.

Toyah on TV: Lorraine TODAY!

November 28th, 2012

As mentioned earlier this week, Toyah and her Sleeping Beauty co-star Gareth Gates are guesting on ITV1′s Lorraine. The appearance was pre-recorded yesterday.

Lorraine: ITV1: Wednesday 28th Nov: 8.30am
Morning show with a topical mix of entertainment, discussion and showbiz glamour, as well as featuring the latest fashion, food and celebrity gossip. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

Update: Toyah’s appearance didn’t happen today unfortunately! Maybe tomorrow?

Sleeping Beauty: Rehearsals Photos

November 27th, 2012

A collection of great behind-the-scenes photos from the Sleeping Beauty script read through, costume fittings and rehearsals have been added to The Marlowe Theatre’s Facebook. View by clicking below. (Photos © The Marlowe Theatre/Tim Stubbings)

Sleeping Beauty: News Briefs

November 27th, 2012

Visit Canterbury: Sleeping Beauty at The Marlowe Theatre: Last year’s pantomime was seen by more than 83,000 people, so book early to avoid disappointment! (Thanks to Michael)

Kent Online/Dover Mercury: Festive Lights Switched On: Panto stars Toyah Willcox and Gareth Gates help Dover Mayor Cllr Anne Smith and deputy Mayor Cllr Ronnie Philpott light up the town for the festive season.

Tim Stubbings Photography: Sleeping Beauty rehearsals at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury; A great selection of cast photos.

Dover Xmas Lights, Toyah/Gareth Gates: Actors/singers Toyah Willcox and Gareth Gates, promoting the Marlowe Theatre panto (Canterbury), at the Dover Xmas lights switch-on, Market Square, Saturday, Nov 24, 2012.

• Great photos of Toyah in Market Square, Dover on Saturday during the Christmas Lights Switch-On. (Thanks to Angus Turner for the photos)

ITV Meridian: It’s Panto Season – Oh Yes It Is!

November 26th, 2012

A very brief video interview with Toyah, recorded in Canterbury on Saturday, from ITV Meridian: Panto season is almost upon us – oh yes it is! And across the region, the stars are encouraging us get into the Christmas spirit. In Canterbury they’re gearing up for Sleeping Beauty at the Marlowe Theatre with Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates and Toyah Willcox in the lead roles. (Click below to watch the clip, and view larger versions of the screen caps here)

Toyah on TV: Lorraine

November 26th, 2012

Toyah and Gareth Gates are guesting on Lorraine this week, the morning magazine show that directly follows breakfast programme Daybreak.

Lorraine airs on ITV1 weekday mornings, 8.30 to 9.25am and is also available on ITV Player post-broadcast.

This is Kent: Stars Rise Up To Put On Panto

November 26th, 2012

With just a week to go until opening night, rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty, the Marlowe Theatre’s spectacular pantomime are well underway…

Toyah said her love of pantomime and the shows by Evolution Productions, the creative team behind Sleeping Beauty keeps drawing her back to the theatre.

She said: “I like the history of pantomime, the concept and genre. The production team have brought it back to the original storytelling genre, that sticks to the story of good versus evil, and where good always wins. It is very funny and clever show. I can’t wait to open, I think it is a winner.”

• Continue reading at This is Kent. (Photo © This is Kent)

Sleeping Beauty 2012: ITV Advert

November 24th, 2012

An advert for Sleeping Beauty at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury aired last night on ITV1 in the Meridian region (Kent). It was shown in the ad breaks of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! View the full ad here or by clicking on the screen caps below. (Thanks to Michael)

• Unfortunately in the age of the internet negative news seems to attract far more attention and interest than positive (funny that!). The Herne Bay Christmas lights switch-on story has went “viral” and been “trending” over the last 24 hours, with even the big media guns giving it coverage, including The Sun, Daily Mail  and BBC News.