Boo! Hiss! Toyah's in Town!
ready to boo and hiss - Toyah Willcox is coming
to Sheffield to play panto's evil queen. It's
going to be .... wicked!
Rock star, style icon, actress and vocal talent
Toyah Willcox has demonstrated her
versatility to great effect over the past few
years. And in her latest role, as the Wicked
Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, the former chart-topper
is in her element.
Toyah is now a panto veteran, having been
performing in them for 17 years her first
was Peter Pan. As an accomplished actress with
film, stage and television credits behind her,
Toyah loves the fact that panto gives her a
chance to reach out to a new audience and help
them to discover the joy of live performance.
She said: Panto is wonderful and very
British. I love the genre because there is so
much history and culture around it.
For many children it is the first time they
have been exposed to live theatre, and we can
transport them away to another place for a few
hours and hopefully encourage them to want to see
I love the audience participation part of
the show, especially as Im playing the
wicked witch. All the booing and hissing is
Playing the character seven days a week with two
shows on some days is demanding, but Toyah is one
busy lady. She has also found the time to release
a new Humans album and fit in some TV work
Toyah said: I like to keep busy. The panto
is very demanding and doing the shows keeps you
fit. I have to protect my voice, though, and I
try to avoid talking too much between shows!
I still love performing live and its
great that the audience is still there. The
Rewind Festival is great fun as Im getting
a chance to meet all the other stars who had hits
in the 80s we were all so busy in those
days I never got to meet any of them!"
Toyah said: Everyone who Ive worked
with over the years in panto always gives a 100
per cent you cant give it any less.