Iain Lauchlan in Aladdin. Credit Robert Day.

Iain Lauchlan and Katy Stephens to star in Belgrade Panto

Posted on 7 November 2012

Press Release

The Belgrade Theatre and Imagine Theatre presents
Sleeping Beauty
Written and directed by Iain Lauchlan
Weds 28 Nov to Sat 5 Jan 2012 on the Main Stage
Press Night: Fri 30 Nov, 7pm

This Christmas the Belgrade Theatre welcomes Coventry’s panto legend Iain Lauchlan back to the Main Stage to play the Dame in its annual pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which is running on the Main Stage from 28 Nov 2012 to 5 Jan 2013.

The traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty will be told in the very best Belgrade panto tradition with elaborate and beautifully designed stage sets, incredible costumes and a helping hand from the audience.

Iain Lauchlan, who will play Nurse Nanny Nora, holds legendary status in Coventry following twelve unforgettable years as Dame in Belgrade pantomimes between 1988 and 1999. He was last seen on the Belgrade stage in 2007 when he made a spectacular, one off return to play the Dame in Aladdin to celebrate the reopening of the theatre after its £14 million redevelopment project.

Iain said returning to the Belgrade and donning the frocks once again as the panto Dame is like coming home, “I feel so comfortable with the Coventry audiences. They have supported me over many years and don’t seem to forget me when I am not there. I am really, really looking forward to playing Dame in Sleeping Beauty this year and catching up with old friends … thousands of them.”

Joining him on stage will be award-winning, RSC actress, Katy Stephens, who will play the role of the wicked Fairy Carabosse.

Katy is no stranger to the Belgrade, having appeared in a number of the theatre’s pantomimes as Principal Boy, most recently in 2005 as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk. In April this year she also played Laura in the Belgrade’s critically acclaimed production of Strindberg’s The Father, directed by Joe Harmston.

From 2006 to 2011 she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in numerous productions including The Histories Cycle, for which she won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Actress in a Play. Along with the company, she also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Ensemble Performance and the Evening Standard Editor’s Award.

The cast of Sleeping Beauty also includes Lindsay Harding as Princess Belle, Morna MacPherson as the Prince, Hollie-Anne Cartwright as the Good Fairy Azuriel, Lee Samuel as Gob, Craig Hollingsworth as Josh the Jester, John Webb as the King and Stuart Gannon and Elizabeth Jelley make up the ensemble.

In addition to writing Sleeping Beauty and playing Dame, Iain Lauchlan will also be directing the show. The set and costumes have been designed by Mark Walters and will be created by Belgrade Production Services, lighting design will be by Marcus Robinson and sound design by Martyn Davies. The musical director is Steve Etherington and choreographer is Allison Coyne, who will also be acting as assistant director.

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £13.25 to £21.75 or via where cheaper tickets are available. Concessions and family tickets are also available.


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