Rotherham panto star is a Pop Idol

Published Wednesday, 24th August 2016
Zoe Birkett as the Wicked Queen in Rotherham's 2016 Pantomime
Zoe Birkett as the Wicked Queen in Rotherham's 2016 Pantomime

Rotherham panto fans are in for a real treat when Pop Idol and West End singing sensation Zoe Birkett stars in the 2016 pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Rotherham Civic Theatre is proud to announce Zoe Birkett has been confirmed for this year’s production, performing the role of the Wicked Queen.

Zoe, starred in ITV’s Pop Idol singing competition alongside Will Young and Gareth Gates, and her video ‘Get Happy’ went straight to number one. She has performed in West End productions ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, ‘What a Feeling’, ‘Thriller Live’, ‘Respect La Diva’, ‘Hair’, ‘Tommy’ and appeared in Celebrity Big Brother.

Rotherham Theatres Manager, Jo Longworth is delighted to welcome Zoe for this year’s production which will be packed with fun, magic, music and excitement.

She said: “We’re really thrilled to have secured Zoe for the role, she is one of the UK’s leading artists with an amazing singing voice and has appeared in numerous West End shows.

“Zoe has performed on some of the biggest stages, to over 250,000 fans on two national arena tours and has sung on the Pop Idol Big Band album, which reached number one and went triple platinum.

“She will be fabulous at bringing the role to life by playing the famous fairy tale character and getting the audience to join in with a sprinkle of Pop Idol magic.”

Alongside the announcement of Zoe being cast in the role, Rotherham Theatres are delighted to welcome back Shone Productions, who helped make last years’ show such a success.

Jo said: “Shone Productions will be returning once again this year after producing the last two spectacular pantomimes. A live band will perform an outstanding musical accompaniment to help bring the production to life and create a wonderful atmosphere throughout the show.

“Following on from one of Rotherham’s most successful pantomimes ever last year, this show will be another fantastic production. Snow White is a perfect magical fairy tale for Christmas packed with great songs, fun, laughter, a Wicked Queen to boo and hiss at and a magical love story to warm you during those cold winter evenings.”

Joining Zoe on stage will be the handsome Anthony Collesso who played the lead role of Aladdin in ‘Aladdin Rocks’, a touring Rock and Roll pantomime production.

The former Celebrity and Carnival Cruise Line performer will play the Prince. He has also brought the stage to life in a national tour of ‘Music Hall Tavern’ and the Cromer Pavilion Theatre Christmas Spectacular Variety show.

Snow White, herself will be played by Enola Dyer, who was part of Disney girl band Misstasia on Britain's Got Talent in 2015.

The talented Enola trained in Performing Arts at Bury College and Media and Performance at the University of Salford. Enola is a vocalist for Manchester based band ‘Jukebox’ and has performed for The Showteam and Thomson Gold.

Back by popular demand, Sean “Rollo” Rollason returns to the Civic Theatre after getting rave reviews with his own brand of comedy last year and will play the hilarious Muddles.

Show business legend and pantomime veteran Steve Barclay will play Dame Dolly.

Jo concluded: “I’ve no doubt that with the fantastic combination of Zoe, Anthony, Enola, Rollo and Steve, the live band, lots of audience interaction throughout the lively production, this year will be a special one for Rotherham panto fans.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Theatres website.

Go to Rotherham Theatres website