TV stars turn out to launch 2014 Panto Season at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Panto 2014Cheshire’s biggest pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk started to bloom with a ‘giant’ pantomime launch at Bridgemere Garden Centre, Nantwich, on Thursday 4th September.

The stars were out in full force for the event with Lisa Riley and Brendan Sheerin exploring the beautiful landscaped gardens and joining supporters of the Theatre for a special meet and greet.

Jack and the Beanstalk is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer and stars Lisa Riley as The Fairy and Brendan Sheerin as King Brendan.
Qdos Entertainment produced last year’s hugely successful Lyceum pantomime, Peter Pan, which achieved record sales for the Theatre.

Lisa Riley became a household name in the role of Emmerdale’s Mandy Dingle and since then her career has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous awards and performing in many successful stage and television roles.
Lisa wowed the nation as a competitor on Strictly Come Dancing before starring in a tour of her own story, Strictly Confidential written by Craig Revel Horwood.

Veteran travel expert Brendan Sheerin became a household name through Channel 4’s runaway hit reality programme Coach Trip, having started his travel career in Costa Brava in the late 70s.
Coach Trip and Celebrity Coach Trip catapulted Brendan to fame, with more than 300 episodes having aired since the series started in 2005.
Brendan’s other TV credits include Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour and Brendan’s Love Cruise. Brendan has written about his travel adventures in his autobiography titled My Life: A Coach Trip Adventure.

The show’s executive producer Jonathan Kiley said:
“We are delighted to have such a sensational cast lined-up for our Crewe production.
Audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas with Lisa and Brendan both bringing their own brand of first-rate comedy to the show”.

Gordon Millar, the Lyceum Theatre Director, added:
“This year’s pantomime promises not-to-be missed seasonal entertainment that will thrill families across Cheshire and Staffordshire.
With Lisa and Brendan leading the way, we are pleased to be bringing Crewe another year of pantomime to be proud of.
We know that many families make pantomime a big part of their Christmas celebrations every year.
We are encouraging our audience to book early for their preferred show to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets are already selling fast for Jack and the Beanstalk, putting it on-track to match 2013’s record success.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs from Saturday 13th December 2014 until Sunday 4th January 2015 and tickets can be booked at

Lisa Riley and Brendan Sheerin make an early trip to Cheshire. Photo credit: Wes Webster Photography

Lisa Riley and Brendan Sheerin make an early trip to Cheshire.
Photo credit: Wes Webster Photography