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Sleeping Beauty – find out all about this year’s cast

The lowdown on the wonderful cast who are bringing the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty to life on the Elgiva stage this Christmas...

Chris Edgerley
Chester the Jester

Originally from Southport, a seaside town ‘up-north’ in Merseyside, Chris Edgerley now lives in London working as a professional actor.

Television and film work includes Emmerdale, Hi-5 on CiTV, Ten True Things and Death Lies On Her.

Chris’s stage work includes The Bodyguard The Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.

Chris is also no stranger to panto, having been in numerous productions! He’s been in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz and Jack and the Beanstalk!

Gemma Brodrick
Carabosse

Gemma Brodrick

Last year’s Snow White has a very different role to play!

Gemma trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting.

Television and Film credits include: ‘Pauline’ in Cilla (ITV) ‘Karen’ in The Good Karma Hospital (ITV) ‘Shona’ in 4 O’Clock Club (CBBC) ‘Michaela’ in Sex & the Chippy (Lime Pictures) ‘Mrs Lyons’ in Blood Brothers In Focus (Digital Theatre) ‘Maisy’ in Crownton Dobbie ‘Young Annie’ in Stalin My Neighbour and ‘Julie’ in Suburban Gothic.

Theatre credits include: ‘Alyssa’ in Our Lady Of Blundellsands (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, original cast) ‘Donna Marie / Miss Jones / US Mrs Lyons’ in Blood Brothers (UK Tour) ‘Pauline’ in Cilla The Musical (UK Tour, original cast) ‘Amy’ in Lost Soul 2 (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) ‘Dot’ in Yellow Breck Road (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) ‘Polly Nichols’ in RIP (Kings Head Theatre, London) Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future in A Christmas Carol (53Two, Manchester) ‘Sasha’ in Secrets (Epstein Theatre) ‘Paris’ in Desperate Scousewives (Floral Pavillion Theatre) ‘Princess Aurora’ in Sleeping Beauty (Echo Arena) ‘Sasha’ in Escorts the Musical (Tour) ‘Balladeer’ in Assassins (Chelsea Theatre, London) ‘Mary McGinty’ in Once a Catholic (Landor Theatre, London) ‘Tina’ in Beside the Seaside (Unity Theatre) ‘Little Red’ in Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre) ‘Fuscia Groan’ in Gormenghast (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) ‘Lead Vocalist’ in Be Our Guest (Tour) ‘Lead Vocalist’ in Musicals in the Night (Tour). Additional theatre credits include: Twopence to cross the Mersey (Empire theatre); Oliver! (Playhouse Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Playhouse Theatre).

Gemma wrote and performed the critically acclaimed one woman musical comedy Don’t Cha Wish Your Scouser Was Boss Like Me at 53Two, Manchester and The Kings Head Theatre, London.

Follow Gemma on Twitter and Instagram @GemmaBrodrick

Sean Luckham
Queen Gertie the Gorgeous

Sean Luckham

Sean was born in the Swinging Sixties in the seaside city of Portsmouth trained at the Hampshire specialist drama course gaining a diploma in theatre studies and a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts gold medal. He got bitten by the theatre bug working backstage at the wonderful Edwardian Kings Theatre in Southsea, sweeping the stage and dreaming of one day performing on it. Watching some of the greatest live performers such as Leslie Crowther, Bill Maynard and the wonderful Lionel Blair, his dream come true when in 2001 he joined the New Pantomime productions as Widow Twankey in a star-studded production of Aladdin

At the age of 19 Sean had the fantastic opportunity to don the famous redcoat and join the legions of legendary performers at Butlins, he started at the Ocean Hotel Brighton before moving to Bognor Regis to continue to entertain and mould himself into the performer he is today: short, fat and in a frock

Sean has been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to tour extensively throughout the UK at some of the country’s biggest and best theatres and abroad including Dubai, Syria, Abu Dhabi and many others with the award-winning Shakespeare 4 Kidz theatre company, giving his Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stefano in The Tempest, Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet and a critically acclaimed performance of the grave digger in the national and international tour of Hamlet.

This is Sean’s 20th pantomime with New Pantomime Productions (hopefully he will get it right this time) performing all over this wonderful country of ours with the most talented casts with the likes of Ian Bishop (Harold from Neighbours), Anne Hegerty (The Governess from ITV’s The Chase) and many, many more.

Sean still lives in the seaside town of Bognor Regis with his amazing, incredible, marvellous, perfect, fantastic children Dean, Emma and Jamie, and is delighted to be back performing at the wonderful Elgiva theatre spending this Christmas season with the wonderful audiences of Chesham.

Laura Bazely
Princess Beauty

Laura is a graduate from Emil Dale Academy and is bringing her wonderful vocal talent, wealth of highly-skilled dance styles and sparkling Musical Theatre skillset to the Elgiva stage this December.

Laura has choreographed several music videos, as well as dancing and performing in the same, and she has a wide range of stage experience including Made In Dagenham, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into The Woods, Julius Caesar, Nell Gwynn and Me & My Girl.

Laura is currently performing in Stranger Things: The Experience in London as Dance Captain, as well as swinging several roles including Eleven.

Nicola Blackman
Fairy Sparkle

Nicola Blackman trained at Guildhall School of Speech and Drama.

Nicola’s theatre credits include Romeo+Juliet, Little Women (both Storyhouse Chester) The Mousetrap (2022 St Martin’s Theatre – the first diverse ‘Mrs Boyle’), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (James Seabright Prods), The Suicide (Storyhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre By The Lake), Thoroughly Modern Millie (No 1 tour), Just To Get Married (Finborough Theatre), Babe The Sheep Pig (Polka Theatre/No 1 tour), Shutters (Park Theatre, London), Snakes and Ladders (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), Treasure Island / The Borrowers / Tiger Tail / A Christmas Carol / Wind in the Willows (Nuffield Theatre Southampton), Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), Funny Girl, (Revolution Theatre, New York), The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, West End), Animal Farm / Measure For Measure / The Pied Piper (National Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Destry Rides Again (Donmar Warehouse – nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress), Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy Theatre, West End), The Crucible (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) and Showboat (West End).

Nicola’s TV and film credits include EastEnders (BBC), Trollied (Sky), Madam Manhattan (Lead role in a pilot for MVD), Casualty (BBC), Killer Net (C4), The Bill (ITV) and Us Girls (BBC).

Bradlee Wetherill
Prince Valiant

Hailing from Glasgow, Bradlee Wetherill read English Literature at university and completed a year of Fashion Studies at college before setting off to do Musical Theatre.

Bradlee is a graduate of the Emil Dale Academy where he obtained a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. 

Bradlee’s credits at the Emil Dale Academy include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into The Woods, Macbeth, Bluestockings and The Pajama Game.

And Bradlee is no stranger to panto, having been in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2018; he can’t wait to tread the boards at The Elgiva this Christmas as the dashing Prince Valiant!

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