Paul heads cast for city’s panto

Paul Nicholas.
Paul Nicholas.

paul Holman Associates are to return to Derby’s Assembly Rooms for their latest panto offering – Dick Whittington And His Cat – later this year with popular singer and actor Paul Nicholas confirmed as one of the stars of the show.

The production can be seen at the venue from Wednesday, December 7, to Sunday, January 8, with further star names announced nearer the time.

Starring in the role of King Rat will be Paul Nicholas, one of the UK’s most talented musical performers, directors and producers, famous for his long and very varied career in the arts (in TV, theatre and film), and especially in high-profile musicals including landing the title role in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar early on in his career.

Paul enjoyed a successful film career in the 70s but it was in 1983 when he landed his first high-profile TV role, which many know and love him for, as ladies’ man Vince Pinner in the enormously popular and successful BBC sitcom Just Good Friends, written by the late John Sullivan.

The show was nominated for a BAFTA and ended in 1986 with the marriage of the two main characters. Since then, Paul continues to star, work and be involved in a variety of roles and initiatives, mainly related to TV and theatre.

Delivering laugh-out-loud classic comedy capers in the show will be Mike ‘Squeaky’ McClean, who will run riot as the loveable, yet loopy Idle Jack.

Returning from last year are two favourites with local audiences, Luke Roberts, who starred as Aladdin and will here take the role of Dick Whittington, while panto legend Ian Good is back too, and promises to serve up lots of silly sauce, laughs and a wardrobe to die for as Sarah the Cook.

Paul Nicholas said: “I’m looking forward to coming to Derby and winding pantomime audiences up with my King Rat!

“It’s great for me to play the villain as I’ve spent most of my career being cast as the good guy, although I promise I’ll be good by the end of the story!”

Tickets are £8-£24 and are available from the box office on 01332 255800.