This year will be our Dame Andy Hockley's last panto until 2013!

Posted on 25 November 2011

After this year’s performance in Mother Goose, Coventry’s Dame extraordinaire, Andy Hockley, will take a year off from panto duties to take up a role in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Coventry based actor Andy Hockley has been entertaining city audiences in the Belgrade’s pantomimes for 16 years. During this time he has performed in almost every pantomime imaginable, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dick Whittington. This year however, will be Andy’s first year playing Mother Goose, a role he has always coveted.

Andy said: “I’m really excited about being involved in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, but the downside is that I won’t be able to come home to Coventry for the Belgrade panto next year. That said, I’ll be going out on a high as this year I get to play Mother Goose, who is the ultimate panto Dame. The show revolves entirely around her, which means I get the opportunity to be more outrageous than ever! I will be back on the Belgrade stage but next Christmas somebody else will be stepping into my fantastic costumes to play the role of panto Dame.”

When he’s not donning the wigs and make-up for the annual pantomime, Andy has also performed in numerous Belgrade dramas including The Millennium Mysteries, Blue Remembered Hills, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti and The Miser.

His acting career has also seen him perform in a range of productions at theatres up and down the country and as far afield as Singapore. Most recently Andy has performed in the UK tour of To Kill a Mocking Bird, Twelfth Night at Perth REP and Hello Dolly at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Next year Andy will be playing Monsieur Richard Firmin in Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical Phantom of the Opera, which opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in March 2012 ahead of a national tour.

As ever, this year’s panto, Mother Goose promises unbeatable fairytale fun, magical enchantment and egg-scruciating jokes and japes by the dozen

The story follows Mother Goose and her two sons, Jack and Archie as they embark on a spectacular journey to save the village of Middle Widdle-on-the-Tiddle from the wicked schemes of Squire Spartikus Skinflint and the villainous Demon King.

Tickets are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via the website by clicking here. Tickets are priced from £13.25 – £21.75 with children’s tickets from £9.75 and family tickets from £35. Cheaper tickets are available online.

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