Curtain Goes Up On Three More Theatre Royal Panto Stars


The countdown has already started to a magical fun-filled festive season ahead as Norwich Theatre Royal announces three more cast for this year’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime.

Getting to know the area yesterday as they arrived at the theatre on a flying visit for costume fittings were Elizabeth Carter, who plays the title role of Sleeping Beauty, Glenn Adamson who takes the ‘prince’ role and Stephen Godward who is the father of the ‘prince’.

Elizabeth Carter as Patience Midges (Sleeping Beauty)
Photo: Richard Jarmy

For Elizabeth, it was a welcome return to Norwich after she starred in Dreamboats And Petticoats in the summer – the latest in a string of musicals and plays she has starred in. During Dreamboats, she was wearing Fifties and Sixties costumes and is looking forward to going back even further in time for this year’s family-friendly musical show which begins its story in a grand country house at the turn of the last century.

Elizabeth revealed: “It will start in the 1900s so I am very excited about the costumes. Halfway through the show, Sleeping Beauty will prick her finger and then it will whizz forward 100 years to more modern times.”

She will star opposite Glenn, who plays her love interest in the show and his character comes from very high-class stock. Glenn, who also has a strong acting pedigree in musicals and plays, said his character will be “a typical young posh boy who comes from money. This young girl comes into his life who is not from his world and he is enamoured by her. She is also a very strong independent woman so they are very different and I think that is what sparks his interest.”

Joining them is Stephen, who plays the Lord of the Manor in the production. He boasts a strong background in the light opera world and is looking forward to starring in panto for the first time. He said: “I have always loved pantomime because of its diversity of characters and the over-the-top nature of it. It is so much fun and I love the way the audience comes back and enjoys it year after year thanks to the music, comedy, spectacle and humour.”

The trio will star opposite EastEnders favourite Gillian Wright and Theatre Royal panto stalwarts Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley in the show, which runs from December 13 to January 14, with more star casting to come.

Glenn Adamson (the Hon. Timothy Norbridge), Elizabeth Carter (Patience Midges – Sleeping Beauty) and Stephen Godward (Lord Teddy Norbridge).
Photo: Richard Jarmy

As they took the time to see a bit of Norwich on their visit to the city, Elizabeth admitting she cannot wait to spend the festive season there. She said: “I love all of the unique little shops and boutiques that Norwich has to offer. I have been touring in shows for six years and go to lots of different places but Norwich is very special. It is so pretty.”

Sleeping Beauty is here from 13 December – 14 January. Buy tickets now at Norwich Theatre Royal.