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A host of stars have been signed up to add some extra sparkle to festive fun at The Cresset this Christmas.

The Bretton theatre will present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from December 15 to January 3. Entertainer Bobby Crush, actress Kim Taylforth, Hollyoaks star Oliver Farnsworth and actress Ria Scott will bring their special star quality to The Cresset to perform in the magical fairy tale.


Bobby makes a welcome return to The Cresset this Christmas in the role of panto dame Nurse Glucose. After more than 30 years in the entertainment business, Bobby is certain to be a favourite with audiences. His career began back in the 1970s when he won the talent show Opportunity Knocks. An all-round entertainer, Bobby is an acclaimed pianist as well as a songwriter, actor and TV presenter.

He is joined by Oliver Farnsworth as Simple Simon. Oliver is sure to set hearts a-flutter among Hollyoaks fans. Oliver played Will Hackett in the C4 hit soap and is famed for the plotline in which he pushed the evil Claire (played by actress Gemma Bissix) off a balcony.

Accomplished actress Kim Taylforth joins the cast as the Wicked Queen. Kim is a face known to many thanks to her roles in TV prison drama Bad Girls and the Channel Five soap Family Affairs. Former Metropolitan police officer Kim is the sister of ex-EastEnders actress Gillian Taylforth, who played Kathy Beale in the soap.

Actress Ria Scott is set to capture the hearts of the audience in her role as Snow White. Ria is already a panto veteran and has also appeared in countless TV dramas, including Judge John Deed, Casualty, Holby City and The Bill. But she is best known as the lead singer of the Fast Food Rockers who shot to fame in 2003 with the Fast Food Song, entering the UK music charts at number 2. Other top 20 hits followed, and led to Ria appearing on the BBC2 game show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Cresset managing director Julian Stanley said: “The reaction to Premier’s first show at the Cresset last year was simply incredible.

“Huge numbers of people wrote and emailed to ask if we would bring Bobby Crush and Oliver Farnsworth back again this year. At each performance they had the audience eating out of their hands and falling about helpless with laughter in the aisles! Such was the reaction they got from the people of Peterborough that when asked to be here again this year they both instantly said `Yes’! “With the talented Kim Taylforth and Ria Scott joining the our cast, we are now all set for an action packed, high quality and spectacular Christmas and New Year treat for the whole family.”

There are some great offers to be had for those who want to book their tickets in advance. The Cresset is offering “Early Bird Tickets” at a cut price provided they are booked before September 30 2008. And school parties get a super deal that even includes transport to and from the venue.

For more details about these fabulous offers, call The Cresset box office on 01733 265705 now. Further information about The Cresset panto is available on the venue’s website: www.cresset.co.uk

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