Emmerdale star joins Cannon and Ball for Lincoln Theatre Royal panto

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The Lincoln Theatre Royal Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk was launched with a special event honouring the services of variety duo Cannon and Ball.

The show, which runs from Monday, December 8 to Sunday, January 11 features Peter Amory (from Emmerdale) as the evil Fleshcreep and Steve Barclay as the dame.

Lincoln Theatre Royal Chief Executive and show director, Ian Dickens, said: “As ever the show is going to be very fast paced, there’ll be lots of fun with Bobby and Tommy and lots of music.

“We’ve never done Jack and the Beanstalk before and there is so much to look forward to. The giant is unbelievable, it’s all animatronics!

“The great thing is tickets are going very well. Drama is a very challenging industry and often regular theatre goers are cutting down the number of times they visit.

“We are the only unsubsidised theatre in Great Britain, so there are always challenges.”

As well as well-known stars, the show also features a number of local performers.

Local musical actress Emily Childs, who plays Fairy, said: “I’ve always loved musical theatre from a young age. It’s nice to be local because I have the support of everyone from my village near Scunthorpe too.”

Dame Steve Barclay added: “One day I was rehearsing for a show and I looked at the laughs the dame was getting and I said ‘I want to do that’! I have a lot of fun making hilarious props and outfits and I love to make people laugh.

“This is my fourth time in Lincoln and each time the team has been brilliant, Tommy and Bobby are great to work with.”

The show will mark the sixth Lincoln pantomime for Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. They’ve been given a special dressing room as thanks for their commitment.

Tommy said: “We love it here in Lincoln and we are all a team here. In this show we really are loose cannons and we are free to be a bit creative with it.

“We’ve been in pantomimes for 30 years!”

Bobby added: “We can’t believe that six years has gone by. We never stop, we are touring at the minute. No kicking our feet up just yet.”

Ticket prices begin at £12, with special offers for school groups and families. Tickets are available from the Lincoln Theatre Royal box office on Clasketgate, by calling 01522 519999 or going online.