EastEnders favorite Shane Richie coming to Theater Royal Plymouth with Sleeping Beauty

EastEnders favorite Shane Richie coming to Theater Royal Plymouth with Sleeping Beauty


The actor, known best for his role as Alfie Moon, is heading to Plymouth’s Theater Royal for the Christmas pantomime

Everyone loves heading to the pantomime at Christmas – and this year theatre-goers are in for a treat. Plymouth’s Theater Royal has announced that EastEnders star Shane Richie will star in Sleeping Beauty.

Shane, known best for his role as Alfie Moon on the streets of Walford, will lead the cast in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, as Muddles from Friday 16 December. He will be joined by Matt Terry, Ceri Dupree, Peter Piper and Stephanie McKenzie this Christmas.

Shane has previously opened up about sleeping rough in Plymouth. He had managed to ‘blag’ a job as a DJ in a club in the city, forging his birthdate on his ID to make him 18 and ended up having to sleep outside the railway station.

In addition to his illustrious television career, Shane has many theater credits to his name, including the London West End and Manchester production of Grease, BoogieNights, A Perfect Murder, Not Dead Enough and most recently has played the roles of ‘Hugo’ and ‘ Loco Chanelle’ in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie in the West End and on UK tour.

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Shane said: “I am really looking forward to playing Muddles at The Theater Royal Plymouth this pantomime season. Sleeping Beauty is a great story with plenty of opportunity for big laughs and slapstick jokes which will entertain the whole family. Can’t wait to see you all there!”

Joining Shane as The Prince is Matt Terry, best-known for being crowned as the winner of the 13th series of ITV’s The X Factor in 2016. Since then, Matt has been recording and writing music all over the world and had a top-three hit with his Ed Sheeran-penned winner’s single When Christmas Comes Around and featured on Enrique Iglesias’ smash Summer single Subeme La Radio with Sean Paul.

He has toured the world in leading roles in Rock of Ages, DreamWorks’ Madagascar the Musical and on Broadway in Dr Seuss and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical.

Panto dame and cabaret artist Ceri Dupree has performed at venues across the UK. Ceri’s portrayal of Danny La Rue in Cilla achieved acclaim and his extensive repertoire of theater shows include Hello Dolly, Rock Hard 60s Tribute show, Hot Stuff the 70s tribute show, The Ultimate Hen Party, The Wizard of Oz and The Rocky Horror Show.

Much-loved panto comic Peter Piper co-starred in ITV’s 5 Alive in the 1980s and then went on to star in US television shows. Peter appeared in the Jimmy McGovern series Broken for BBC One and appeared as Tom Ridley in Coronation Street for ITV. He’s more recently paired up with Shane in a new TV series Caravanning with Shane Richie for Channel 5.

Emerging musical theater star Stephanie McKenzie joins the cast as Princess Beauty. Stephanie is currently touring the UK in The Osmonds: A New Musical, having recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

Sleeping Beauty is produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Crossroads Pantomimes. The family-friendly show will be packed full of comedy routines, participation and all the unmissable magic that Theater Royal audiences have come to expect from their annual festive pantomime.

Chief Executive of Crossroads Pantomimes, Michael Harrison said: “I’m thrilled that we have Shane back with us this year to star in Sleeping Beauty at TRP. He is a true showman who can do it all and is a real stalwart of pantomime. Shane, combined with the talent of Matt, Ceri, Peter and Stephanie is a recipe for a very magical panto which will guarantee families a great time this Christmas.”

Speaking on the casting, Theater Royal Plymouth CEO James Mackenzie-Blackman said: “In our 40th year, and in my first year as Chief Executive of TRP, it mattered to me that we assembled a fantastic company for Sleeping Beauty. I have no doubt that the residents of Plymouth, and the wider South West, will give Shane, Matt, Ceri, Peter and Stephanie, an amazing welcome to our city.

“I also know that this first-class company will help us all celebrate our birthday year, and the festive season, with fun, heaps of laughter and much Christmas cheer.” Further casting will be announced later in the year.

Sleeping Beauty will play at Theater Royal Plymouth from Friday 16 December 2022 – Saturday 14 January 2023. Tickets are on sale now.

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