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FROM QUEEN OF CLEAN TO WICKED QUEEN KIM WOODBURN TO STAR IN SNOW WHITE THIS CHRISTMAS

MEDIUM DEREK ACORAH AND RADIO CITY 2’S CLAIRE SIMMO ALSO ANNOUNCED

The cast of this year’s Christmas panto from LHK Productions will certainly scrub up well as producers today announce that The Queen of Clean, How Clean is Your House? star Kim Woodburn* will appear as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Coming this festive holiday season from Fri 7 Dec ’18 – Tue 1 Jan ’19, the cast also includes renowned spiritual medium Derek Acorah; Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo; the hilarious Lewis Pryor; and everyone’s favourite dame – Michael Chapman.

Further casting will be announced shortly.

Television presenter and expert cleaner, Kim Woodburn is best known for presenting Channel 4 show How Clean Is Your House? from 2003-2009, which also led to a Canadian version called Kim’s Rude Awakenings from 2007-2009.

The television personality has also remained a household name with appearances on the ninth series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! finishing runner up in 2009, and entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as a housemate on the nineteenth series in 2017 where she made it to the final and finished in third place.

Britain’s best loved and most entertaining medium, Derek Acorah, will be using his psychic ability to declare who is the fairest of them all as he appears as the Magic Mirror via the power of video projection.

The Liverpool born star is most notable for his work on British paranormal reality television series Most Haunted from 2002-2005. He has since starred in numerous tv shows including Derek Acorah’s Quest For Guy Fawkes and Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns. He also competed in the twentieth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 finishing in fourth place.

She brought lots of sparkle and magic to Easter’s Jack and the Beanstalk as Fairy Moonbeam, and now one of the city’s best loved radio hosts – voice of the airwaves, Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo is back this Christmas as the Fairy.

Britain’s Got Talent star Lewis Pryor storms back on the Epstein stage after taking audiences on a highflying adventure to Neverland last Christmas as Peter Pan, who returns as Muddles.

The young star finished 3rd place during the live finals of the 2016 series of the ITV show with dance troupe Boogie Storm. No stranger to the Liverpool stage, Lewis is currently training at Jelli Studios and has previously studied at Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre and the Jennifer Ellison Fame Academy.

Michael Chapman never fails to have audiences rolling in the aisles laughing and he is certain to keep everyone on their toes with his hilarious comedy antics as he makes a welcome return as Liverpool’s favourite Dame.

LHK Productions Managing Director Lee Kelly said: I am absolutely delighted with this year’s cast! I am so excited to be working with Kim Woodburn – she will bring her feisty personality to the role of the Wicked Queen and I know audiences will love her; and home-grown talent Derek Acorah is one of the nation’s best-known mediums and will be a fantastic addition to the cast as the Magic Mirror.

“There are also some returning favourites with Claire Simmo who is always a pleasure to work with, the hilarious Lewis Pryor, and of course no LHK production would be complete without Michael Chapman.

“We are back this Christmas better than ever before! 2017’s Peter Pan was our biggest year to date and 2018’s Snow White promises to be even bigger. With this phenomenal cast and plenty more tricks up our sleeves Liverpool audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas, so be sure to book your tickets fast!”

A timeless tale and one of the nation’s favourite pantomimes, follow the story of the beautiful princess Snow White, as she tries to escape the clutches of her evil step mother, who’s one aim is to become ‘the fairest of them all’.

After fleeing the Kingdom to escape the Wicked Queen’s evil plans Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarfs living in the forest.

Complete with wonderful songs and choreography as well as poisoned apples, magic mirrors and of course that much loved panto magic, Snow White will have audiences on the edge of their seat.

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s off to the Epstein we go this Christmas!

Click here for more info and to book your tickets!

 

*PLEASE NOTE THAT KIM WOODBURN WILL NOT BE APPEARING IN 10AM PERFORMANCES 

 

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STAR STUDDED COMEDY GALA COMES TO THE EPSTEIN AS PART OF LIVERPOOL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Some of the best names in live stand-up take to the stage at The Epstein this September when the hilarious Our RITA’s Comedy Festival Gala arrives on Sunday 16 September.

Forming part of this year’s Liverpool Comedy Festival, the show promises a fantastic evening of entertainment, with an amazing star-studded line-up which includes a headline performance from Xtra Factor presenter Matt Richardson.

Broadcaster and all round funny man Matt Richardson presented the 2013 series of The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack and has also appeared as a guest on Celebrity Juice and Comedy Central’s Drunk History. In 2016 he became the drive time presenter on DAB radio station Virgin Radio UK.

The full line-up also includes sets from support acts Stephen Bailey; Robert White; Mrs Barbara Nice; and Lindsey Santoro.

Guilty pleasure Stephen Bailey is one of the UK’s most sought-after comedy acts thanks to his friendly and open brand of gossipy humour. He brings his sassy style to The Epstein fresh from his recent five-star, critically acclaimed headline tour Can’t Think Straight.

Since first joining the comedy stand-up scene Robert White has gone from strength to strength – a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire competition in 2016, winning the Malcom Hardee Award at Edinburgh Fringe, and most recently entertaining the nation on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent finishing as 2018’s runner-up!

Meet housewife extraordinaire, comedy character Barbara Nice. She has given up domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the comedy circuit! Comedian Janice Connolly has taken her character Barbara Nice across the UK including solo shows at Edinburgh Fringe, and recorded 4 episodes for a BBC Radio 2 Comedy Showcase series in 2017.

A regular on the comedy circuit since 2014, BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist Lindsey Santoro and her madcap comedy stylings completes the line-up.

Keeping the audience on their toes, the host for the evening will be MC Lou Conran who has previously supported Sarah Millican on her recent tour.

Jack Ryan, Managing Director of Our RITA’s said: “We are delighted to be back at The Epstein Theatre this September with our latest dose of stand-up comedy gold, as part of Liverpool Comedy Festival. We have got an incredible night planned for Liverpool audiences in what is possibly our strongest line-up to date!”

For more information and to book click here!

The line-up may be subject to change.

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Business As Usual

On 25th April detectives from the Economic Crime Team at Merseyside Police arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of theft, fraud and money laundering offences in connection with an ongoing investigation.

The investigation involves a series of reported thefts between July 2016 and December 2017 at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Police confirmed the man has been released pending further enquiries and detectives are continuing to work closely with The Epstein Theatre directors and administrators from FRP Advisory.

 

Response from Rebekah Pichilingi, General Manager and Director, and David Pichilingi, Director, at Epstein Theatre, said:

“The Epstein Theatre management team would just like to thank both FRP Advisory and the police for all of their hard work and commitment in ensuring that this matter is resolved as quickly as possible, so that the Epstein can continue doing what it does best, providing top class entertainment to the people of Liverpool.”

 

Lila Thomas, Joint Administrator of Epstein Theatre Limited (in administration) and partner at FRP Advisory, added:

“Together with the team at Epstein Theatre, we are providing every support to the police to assist them with their investigation.

“The Theatre continues to operate as normal, with a line-up of great shows booked in until 2019.  We’re working closely with the Board, staff and key stakeholders to complete a financial restructuring that will secure the Theatre’s long-term future, and we’re confident a successful outcome can be achieved.”

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