Follow the Yellow Brick Rock to Peterborough’s The Cresset this Christmas

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, panto at the Cresset. Steve Arnold, as the Straw Man, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, as Dorothy, Lawrence Stubbings, the Tin Man and  Zach Vanderfelt as the Cowardly Lion. EMN-151017-192722009

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, panto at the Cresset. Steve Arnold, as the Straw Man, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, as Dorothy, Lawrence Stubbings, the Tin Man and Zach Vanderfelt as the Cowardly Lion. EMN-151017-192722009

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If you are looking for a family Christmas treat then the answer is to simply follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way to The Cresset in Bretton.

There, The Wizard of Oz will feature a star line up, including former Coronation Street star Steven Arnold, who is thrilled to be playing the comedy part of the Scarecrow in this year’s production.

Steven, is best known for the 15 years he spent playing the role of the lovable Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street but he is no stranger to the fun and games of starring in panto.

“What I really love about pantomimes is getting to talk to the kids in the audience, we’re going to have a real giggle this Christmas,” said Steven. “The best thing about the Scarecrow part is he doesn’t have a brain, so I get to act as daft as I like!”

Steven will be joined on stage this year by Lucy Jane Quinlan as Dorothy, who has a great Peterborough panto pedigree, having performed in productions at both The Cresset and the Key Theatre.

Cresset audience favourites Zach Vanderfelt and Lawrence Stubbings will also return to the stage in a change from their usual roles as the Dame and the ‘Baddie’.

Zach is bound to be a roaring success as the Cowardly Lion, while Lawrence is set to shine as the Tin Man.

Zach said: “I’m thrilled to be skipping down the Yellow Brick Road this year, and it’s much easier to do in paws than in heels! The people of Peterborough are always so marvellously welcoming, coming back to The Cresset each year is like coming home for Christmas, and this year is going to be a fabulous one, I can tell.”

The remaining cast includes TV actress Linda Clark as the Wicked Witch. Linda’s impressive list of acting credits includes parts in Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and coincidentally as a witch in Doctor Who.

Peter McCrohon is another returning favourite, having appeared in two previous Cresset pantomimes, this year he’s feeling magical as the Wonderful Wizard.

In the role of the Good Witch is Sylvia Carson, who is also the choreographer for this year’s show. Sylvia will be working with the talented team of young dancers who were selected from open auditions to join the show and take on the parts of the Munchkins of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz, produced by Premier Pantomimes, runs at the Cresset Theatre from December 11 to 30. Tickets are priced from just £8 with fantastic group offers available. To book your tickets now please call the box office on 01733 265705 or visit the website at www.cresset.co.uk

This year The Cresset is proud to be supporting the Heart FM Charity, Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ throughout the pantomime.