Nick adds Dame role to directing for milestone panto

20th March 2019

Panto dame Sarah the Cook has a three-course role at a Norfolk seaside theatre as it marks a special milestone.

Sheringham Little Theatre has been staging its own in-house professional pantos for a decade.
And to celebrate, Nick Earnshaw, the man who has directed five of them, is putting on his frock and make-up in a return to the stage as the dame – as well as being director and writer – for the Dick Whittington show in December.

Nick was Ugly Sister Pearl in Cinderella back in 2009 and has since made Sheringham his second home with regular involvement in the venue’s panto and summer seasons, as actor and director.
“I am really excited and it’s a dream come true to be dame here,” said the 37-year-old self-confessed panto addict who has previously played the Sarah role at Sheffield.
“As a child I obsessed with panto. I used to love watching the, but also taping Top of the Pops tunes and working out how to work them into a panto show,” he explained.
“When I was at drama school agents would be surprised when they were trying to get me Shakespeare roles, and I was asking about pantos.

“Pantos are having a real renaissance at the moment as venues bring them up to date. It seems a long way off but I am already working on ideas for a show that will be full of energy, and we will recruit the other cast in June,” said Nick.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Nick has been a popular and key member of the summer and panto teams so having him play the dame this year seemed a great way of marking our 10th anniversary. It should be great fun.”

Tickets for Dick Whittington will go on sale to the general public in from the second week in April and to theatre friends and members from April 1.

For tickets and information on how to become a theatre Friend or member, call the box office on 01263 822347 or click here.

Richard Batson: Nick Earnshaw outside the Little Theatre