Latest news / 20 July, 2016

2016 Britain’s Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones to make his panto debut at Swansea Grand Theatre!

Fresh from winning the tenth series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Lance Corporal Richard Jones will be making magic in this year’s Swansea Grand Theatre’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, which opens on Friday 9 December 2016.

After joining the British Army in 2010 and studying at the Royal Military School of Music, Richard entered this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent where he amazed both judges and audiences with his range of close up magic tricks and illusions, even leaving Simon Cowell lost for words on several occasions.

With over 2.5million people voting, Richard was crowned the winner in May and has gone on to appear on numerous television programmes, was requested to perform as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour as part of Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations, and will appear in front of senior members of the Royal Family at this year’s Royal Variety Performance as part of his Britain’s Got Talent prize. This summer Richard makes his West End debut in the magic and illusion spectacular Impossible! at the Noel Coward Theatre. Playing the role of Merlin the Magician, Sleeping Beauty marks Richard’s pantomime debut.

Joining Richard as King Brendan is Coach Trip favourite Brendan Sheerin. The international tour guide, made famous by the Channel 4 reality travel show, has won legions of fans thanks to his down-to-earth humour and no-nonsense approach to wayward (and warring) holiday makers. Currently in its 14th series, Brendan will park his coach in Swansea and disembark for the four week run. Swansea Grand’s Grand Dame of pantomime Kevin Johns MBE makes his 19th consecutive panto at the venue as Queen Keviana. With his trademark wit, outrageous costumes and perfect comic timing, Kevin will ensure Swansea audiences laugh-out-loud in this year’s spectacular show.

Niki Evans, who rose to fame in the fourth series of ITV’s The X Factor will play The Enchantress. Niki has performed extensively as a solo vocalist and toured the UK as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, as Paulette in Legally Blonde and starred in a number of critically acclaimed pantomimes. Also back by popular demand, the hilarious funny man and panto favourite Matt Edwards returns to Swansea in the role of Muddles, having last appeared at the Grand Theatre in 2014.

Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, Sleeping Beauty’s executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Richard, Brendan, Kevin, Niki and Matt together for this year’s spectacular line-up. With the magic, comedy and music in such safe hands Sleeping Beauty is guaranteed to be our best Swansea pantomime yet!”

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet member for Regeneration in the City and County of Swansea stated, “We are thrilled with the line-up for this year’s pantomime and are looking forward to another show stopping pantomime at Swansea Grand Theatre”

Sleeping Beauty runs the Swansea Grand Theatre from Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017. Tickets are available from www.swanseagrand.co.uk or by calling 01792 475715.