Doreen Tipton leads the way as the fairest panto cast in the land arrive in Birmingham

The fairest panto in the land came together for the first time in costume to officially launch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which plays at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday 21st December to Sunday 2nd February.

The spectacular production will feature Lesley Joseph as the Wicked Queen, Matt Slack as Muddles, Joe McElderry as The Spirit in the Mirror, Faye Brookes as Snow White, Flawless as The Wicked Queen’s Men, Andrew Ryan as Nanny Annie Aspirin, Jac Yarrow as The Prince and Doreen Tipton as The Lady in Waiting.

The production marks part of the theatres 120th anniversary celebrations, featuring costumes, sets and outstanding special effects direct from the sold-out London Palladium production in 2018.

Lesley Joseph’s extensive career has seen her appear on stage in dramas, musicals and reviews in the west end and across the UK and on every major television channel. Most recently Lesley starred as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in London’s west end - a role for which she was nominated for the 2018 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Lesley most recently appeared at Birmingham Hippodrome as Jessie in Calendar Girls The Musical.

Birmingham’s much-loved panto favourite, Matt Slack will return for the seventh consecutive year, bringing his trademark comedy and chaos. Making Midlands panto-goers laugh non-stop. Alongside Matt, singer, songwriter and actor Joe McElderry - who, most recently, took the lead role in Joseph and Club Tropicana - returns to the MIdlands. 

Best known for her role as Kate Connor in ITV1’s Coronation Street, Faye Brookes will play the title role. Having trained in musical theatre, Faye has starred as Frenchie in Grease, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical in the West End and as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

Making her Birmingham pantomime debut, Doreen Tipton is a national treasure – at least regionally – in her native Black Country. Doreen’s original viral success has now blossomed into a series of theatre tours, a full-length feature film featuring rock legend Robert Plant and even her own online comedy sketch channel called Doreen TV.

Completing the principal line up is Jac Yarrow. Jac graduated from the Arts Educational Schools in the summer of 2019 and made his professional debut as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium.

The production will once again be directed by Michael Harrison who has been at the helm of the Hippodrome pantomime for the last nine years.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 2 February 2020. You can book now at or by calling 0844 338 5000.


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