Acclaimed charity panto returns for 2019!

Deirdre Kelly will star in this year’s Mary Stevens Hospice pantomime as “The Empress of Brum”

The Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime Company is putting on seven performances of Aladdin in Winter 2019.

Following on from the success of two sell-out shows in 2018, Cinderella and the Wizard of Oz, the charity is bringing the classic Widow Twanky pantomime to the stage between the 27th November and 1st December to raise vital funds for the families relying on the care of the Hagley Road Hospice.

Each show always boasts a guest star, which this year will be TV & radio personality, Deirdre Kelly, who found fame on Benefits Street and Big Brother and now hosts a radio show on BBC WM. She will be performing as “The Empress of Brum”, alongside Hospice panto regulars such as Will Phipps, Wally Wombat and Jessica Brooks.

Casting was completed at the end of April through public auditions and rehearsals have already begun for the show which will again be at Stourbridge Town Hall in late-2019.

Amanda Bowen, Event Organiser, Mary Stevens Hospice said: “It’s not a secret at this point but we love a panto. In particular, we love our panto. These shows we put on are so, so much fun and, most importantly, they have already raised tens of thousands of pounds which makes care possible for a family here at the Hospice in their hour of greatest need.

After we sold out three shows of the Wizard of Oz, we put on five shows of Cinderella. Our community sold out all five, and we would absolutely love to think that loads of families would come to see one of our seven shows this winter and enjoy two hours of helpless laughter and escapism.

We’ve raised the bar yet again this year and we’d love to show our supporters a whole new world…”

Will Phipps, Hospice supporter and panto performer said: “I don’t think it would be unfair to say that when any of us auditioned for the first panto way back in 2017, we couldn’t have dreamed how popular the shows would be and just how much money we’d be able to raise for such a worthy cause.

To now be onto our third show and booked into the town hall to do seven performances for our local community is so, so exciting and it’s a privilege to continue to be a part of it.”

The schedule will be made up of an evening show every day between the Wednesday and Sunday, with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

To date, the charity pantomimes have raised more than £35,000 for the Hagley Road Hospice.

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