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Double trouble from family panto pair

Keith and Ben Simmons
Keith and Ben Simmons

The latest act added to the billing at Lowther Pavilion’s Christmas pantomime is father and son comedy duo Simmons and Simmons - making their second trip to the Fylde in as many years.

By popular demand, Keith and Ben Simmons will appear in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, alongside the previously-announced return of Thornton trainee actress Millie Hansford.

The duo appeared, also with Millie, in Dick Whittington as the Lytham theatre, as Captain Birdseye and his mate Findus - as well as writing and directing the show - which was the Lowther debut panto from producers Paul Holman Associates.

Producer Paul Holman said: “Last year’s production of Dick Whittington broke all box office records for Pantomime here at the Lowther and with Simmons and Simmons once again at the helm I am confident that Snow White can only grow from that success and continue to build the reputation of Lowther Pavilion as the funniest family-friendly pantomime in the region.”

This year, Keith will take on the role of Snow White’s devoted, if somewhat hapless, friend Muddles and Ben will play the role of the evil Wicked Queen’s dastardly funny sidekick, Herman the Henchman.

This production of Snow White will mark Keith’s 49th pantomime, Ben’s 19th and their 13th pantomime together as Simmons and Simmons.

Paul added: “It is fair to say the audiences of Lytham have taken Keith and Ben firmly into their hearts and I know they’ll be rolling in the aisles again as Simmons and Simmons inject their loveable, madcap humour into the timeless tale of Snow White.”

Lowther announced Millie Hansford’s return to the panto last week. She was cast as Alice Fitzwarren just a few months into her musical theatre studies.

n Secure your panto tickets this weekend with a special discount if you also buy tickets for Simmons and Simmons own one night only show The Feelgood Factor! on Sunday.

Tickets for both Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and The Feelgood Factor! are on sale now from the Lowther Pavilion on 01253 794221 or at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk.