Robin Hood Cast Announcement
3 March 2014
We’re now into our third week of announcing the cast members for this year’s Christmas pantomime, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. So far we have confirmed Anna Kumble, aka 90’s pop sensation Lolly, as the Fairy of the Forest, and X Factor’s Andy Abraham as Little John. We’re very excited to announce that joining these two as Silly Billy Scarlet will be Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist who shot to fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent!
Steve has performed in pantomime since the age of 22 and this year will be his ninth pantomime. Ventriloquists in pantomime are rare to see with only five appearing nationwide, but Steve says it is the love of the family atmosphere, both backstage and front of house, that keeps him coming back for more. ‘I have always had a passion for variety’ Steve says, ‘and love the fact that singers, comedians, actors, speciality acts and celebrities all get together to tell one story. It’s not Christmas unless your watching or performing in Pantomime.’
In previous years, along with his puppets, Steve has played a number of comic characters including The Chinese Policemen in Aladdin four times! As Silly Billy Scarlet, expect Steve to entertain you with his extra silly characters alongside him. ‘Silly Billy may have Arthur Lager with him or little ChiiChii, Naughty Pongo the Skunk or one of my Celebrity Dummies, there are endless surprises,’ says Steve.
Steve admits that he loves it when things don’t quite go according to script. ‘One of the funniest was when Craig Revel Horwood went blank & Ann Widecombe stepped forward and prompted his line, it brought the house down’.
So for a night of pure family entertainment from the producers of last year’s hit, Dick Whittington, be sure to book your tickets for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by clicking here.
Can’t wait until December to see Steve? Don’t worry, catch him this April as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in the Grove Theatre’s Easter pantomime, Alice in Wonderland. Click here for more information.