Latest news / 31 July, 2019



Wolverhampton Grand has announced that former Neighbours and Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas will star in the title role in this year’s gold-paved, must-see pantomime, Dick Whittington from Saturday 7 December, joining the previously announced Hi-de-Hi stars Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland, with comedian Aaron James and returning favourites Ian Adams and Julie Paton.

Salford-born Ryan burst onto television screens on Christmas Day in 2000 in the role of Jason Grimshaw in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street, a role he played for over 16 years. Best known for romantic entanglements, Ryan left Weatherfield three years ago in an emotional departure following the death of his on-screen father. Since leaving the famed cobbles of Coronation Street Ryan went on to star in another iconic soap in Australia’s hugely popular Neighbours as the mysterious Rafael Humphreys.
Ryan also appeared on the second series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls which saw him fend for himself on the ultimate survival challenge, and appeared on the final series of Celebrity Big Brother which saw him crowned the last ever winner of the iconic reality television show.
Dick Whittington marks Ryan’s fourth pantomime appearance having made his debut as Prince Charming in Swindon in Cinderella, and two appearances as the villainous Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Venue Cymru and Beck Theatre, Hayes, all for producers Qdos Entertainment. Dick Whittington will see him swap his trusty hook for his trusty bundle as he heads to London to seek his fortune, and win the hand of the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren.
Hoping to outwit him will be legendary Su Pollard as the evil Queen Rat, with Jeffrey Holland as Alderman Fitzwarren, Aaron James as Idle Jack, Ian Adams as Sarah the Cook and Julie Paton as Fairy Bow Bells.
Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells on an adventure that sends Dick Whittington from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, can he defeat the evil Queen Rat, free London from her team of revolting rodents and win the beautiful Alice’s hand in marriage? Find out in the ultimate magical pantomime adventure and help join in the celebrations of Wolverhampton Grand’s 125th anniversary.

Dick Whittington will be another action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and eye-popping special effects that audiences have come to expect of a Grand Theatre pantomime with Qdos Entertainment!