Latest news / 29 June, 2016
The Beck Theatre, Hayes, has announced that the popular actress Pauline Quirke will star as the Fairy Godmother in this year’s must-see family pantomime, Cinderella, alongside fellow Birds of a Feather star, her son Charlie Quirke in the role of Dandini.
A stalwart of television, film and stage for over 45 years Pauline began her career as a child actress, appearing in Dixon of Dock Green aged just eight. Since then she has forged a television career and has starred in Pauline’s Quirkes for Thames Television as well as Angels, and Shine on Harvey Moon. It is, however, her role as Sharon Theodopolopodous in the long-running comedy Birds of a Feather for which she is best known, a role she has played to hilarious effect for over 27 years on screen and on-stage.
The role, which won her a British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer led to subsequent roles in Maisie Raine and Down to Earth for the BBC, a BAFTA nomination for her role in mini-series The Sculptress and the role of Hazel Rhodes in the long-running ITV soap Emmerdale, which she played for two years. Most recently, in addition to reprising her role in Birds of a Feather on a UK stage tour and for ITV, Pauline played Susan Wright in popular drama series Broadchurch.
In addition to her acting work she opened the Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) in 2007 with the intention of running drama classes for children interested in performing, helping them grow in confidence and follow in her footsteps. Today, PQA has over 100 schools teaching over 8,000 children comedy, drama, musical theatre, film and television every week across the country.
Playing opposite her in the role of Dandini, Prince Charming’s aide, is Charlie Quirke, Pauline’s Birds of a Feather co-star. Having trained with the National Youth Theatre Charlie made his television debut aged 12 in the BBC One medical drama Casualty and a role in the feature film Arthur’s Dyke. In 2012 he toured the UK with his mother and her TV co-stars in the live stage production of Birds of a Feather playing the role of Travis Stubbs, a role he has since reprised for the television series.
The Beck Theatre’s magical production of Cinderella will be produced by One From The Heart in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind previous record-breaking pantomimes at the Theatre. The show will be brought spectacularly to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery plus, as pantogoers have come to expect, plenty of audience participation.
Theatre Director Louise Clifford said: “With Pauline Quirke at the top of this year’s bill, and ticket sales already ahead of last year, we know that we’re going to have another huge pantomime success on our hands. The Beck has a wonderfully intimate auditorium which makes for a truly magical pantomime experience, perfect for lots of Booing and Hissing!”.
Pauline and Charlie will star in Cinderella at the Beck Theatre from Friday 9 to Saturday 31 December 2016. Book tickets today for the greatest pantomime of them all at becktheatre.org.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 020 8561 8371.