Rotherham’s giant of a pantomime is launched!

Published Tuesday, 12th September 2017
Fleshcreep and Fairy at panto launch
Fleshcreep (Nigel Pivaro) and the Fairy (Natalie Pilkington)

Rotherham panto fans are in for a festive treat when Coronation Street’s Nigel Pivaro, better known as infamous bad boy Terry Duckworth, stars in the 2017 pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk.

Rotherham Civic Theatre is pleased to announce Nigel Pivaro will perform in this year’s production as the evil “Fleshcreep”.

Nigel studied at RADA before joining Coronation Street in 1983 when he won the part of Terry Duckworth, the wayward son of legendary ITV soap characters Jack and Vera Duckworth. He appeared as a regular until 1987, as well as attending his beloved mother Vera’s funeral in 2012.
Rotherham Theatres Manager Jo Longworth said she was delighted to welcome Nigel for this year’s production which will be packed with fun, magic, music and audience interaction.  

She added: “We’re thrilled to have secured Nigel in Rotherham’s pantomime. He is one of Coronation Street’s legendary characters. 

“After appearing in 15 pantomimes, he’s perfect for the role of the panto villain Fleshcreep. We cannot wait to see Nigel bring the role of the panto baddie to life and he will be fabulous at getting the audience to join in with plenty of booing and hissing!”

Nigel has starred in a wide range of television shows including BBC’s Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and The Sunny Side Of The Street for Channel 4. Nigel has also performed in numerous theatre productions from Wuthering Heights, The Tempest, An Evening With Gary Lineker, Bouncers and in 1987 he won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the play No Further Cause for Concern.      

Rotherham Theatres is also delighted to welcome back Shone Productions - who produced the last three spectacular pantomimes, and contributed to making the show such a success last year.  

A live band will perform an amazing musical accompaniment to help bring the production to life.

Joining Nigel on stage as Jack will be the handsome Andrew McGuire, who played Sammy in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. He trained at the prestigious Phil Winston Theatreworks in Blackpool and has previously appeared in Cameron Mackintosh’s touring production of Oliver, portraying the role of Charlie Bates and covering the Artful Dodger.    

Andrew’s other television credits include Zak in My Family Are Aliens, ITV’s Heartbeat and The Royal.

Princess Jill will be played by Rosie Houlton who has sung for the royal family at HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee. The talented soprano has toured the UK and Europe as a vocalist and actress in musicals, plays, cabarets and concerts.  

Lots of laughter is in store from the hilarious Danny Mills who is appearing as Dame Trott. He has starred in various television adverts and performed in BBC’s Doctors.

Comedy star Bippo will be the very funny Silly Billy! For nearly 20 years Bippo, AKA Gareth Ellis, has entertained audiences young and old performing in Zippos circus from a very young age! 

Direct from performing in P&O Cruise ships on board Oriana and Aurora, the Headliners Theatre company star Natalie Pilkington will sparkle as the fairy.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said: “This year’s pantomime promises to be the best one ever with the fantastic combination of Nigel, Andrew, Rosie, Danny, Bippo and Natalie, a live band and lots of audience interaction throughout this spectacular production. This show will be a very special experience for Rotherham panto fans.”

The pantomime runs from 30 November to 7 January 2018. Tickets start from just £11 and are on sale now. You can purchase tickets quickly, easily and securely online at the Rotherham Theatres website.

Book tickets online