By FRASER MACDONALD
First Lady of Scottish pantomime Elaine C. Smith returns to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow this Christmas to star in Sleeping Beauty.
Smith, a firm panto favourite, returns to the King’s stage for the first time since 2004 where she played the title role in Mother Goose. Her first appearance at the King’s pantomime was in 1996 during a run of Cinderella. Smith is perhaps best known for her role as Marydoll in the BBC sitcom, Rab C Nesbitt which she starred in alongside Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper and Barbara Rafferty for more than a decade. The actress and comedienne has amassed many theatre credits including The Steamie, I Dreamed a Dream, Shirley Valentine and most recently, Annie, where she played Mrs Hannigan during the Scottish dates of the production’s UK tour.
Smith said: “I am absolutely thrilled to come back to the King’s this year. I have such fond memories of doing panto there, and it’s always been such a treat to return. This time I’ll be there for six weeks, and as I’m a granny now it will just be a huge thrill to be home for Christmas…ye cannae beat that”.
James Haworth, General Manager at King’s Theatre, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Elaine back to the King’s this Christmas. She is always fantastic in pantomime, and I know our audience will love having their favourite return to the stage.”
Hot-on-the-heels of the successful production of Cinderella last year, Sleeping Beauty will open on Saturday 2 December 2017 and runs until Sunday 7 January 2018.
Tickets are on sale now.