Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
12:25 PM 24th January 2020

The Purr-fect Easter Treat: Puss in Boots at Halifax's Victoria Theatre

Suzanne Shaw & Chris Jarvis
Suzanne Shaw & Chris Jarvis
If you are looking for some purr-fect entertainment for your family over the Easter holidays why not come along to The Victoria Theatre Halifax for Puss in Boots from Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 April. The show is being produced by Imagine Theatre, the team behind the annual Christmas pantomime and stars Hear’Say’s Suzanne Shaw and children’s television presenter Chris Jarvis.

Suzanne shot to fame as part of the group Hear’Say who reached number one in the UK charts with their debut single ‘Pure and Simple’. Since her time with the band Suzanne has forged a successful career on screen and stage, winning the third series of Dancing on Ice and appearing in ITV’s much-loved soap Emmerdale as well as a having a critically acclaimed run as Roxie Hart in Chicago in the West End:

“I missed out on appearing in a panto over Christmas as I was working in the Caribbean so I was delighted to be asked to perform in one over Easter. Although I have known Chris for years this will be the first time we have worked together; I cannot wait! My character, Princess Apricot Crumble, is not a typical fairy tale princess as she is quite feisty and independent and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in so is definitely going to be a fun character to play.”

Chris Jarvis is a familiar face to people all over the UK after spending 25 years on Children’s BBC, hosting The Broom Cupboard in 1993 and following this a variety of shows including Fully Booked, The Friday Zone, Look Sharp, Playdays, Jungle Run, Dream Street, Maths Mansion, Step Inside, Stargazing and Show Me Show Me:

“I have never appeared in Puss in Boots before so I am really looking forward to doing something new. The tale may not be familiar to everyone but it is a fabulous story and the show will have all the traditional elements of panto with plenty of slapstick, ‘he’s behind you’s’ and booing of the baddie. My character Colin Donut is the comic which is a role I love to play as what is better than making people laugh!”

Steve Boden, from Imagine Theatre, the producers of the panto adds:

“Whilst we’ve produced the Christmas panto at The Victoria Theatre for 11 years, this is the first time we have produced their Easter panto and we are very excited by it, and particularly delighted to be working with the brilliant Suzanne Shaw and Chris Jarvis.”

“For those not familiar with the story, Puss in Boots tells the tale of Colin Donut and his mother Dame Dorothy Donut who live on a farm in the village of Much Trumping, however the village is being terrorised by an Ogre and his horrid henchman Baron Herman Von-Thunderpants who want to the flatten the whole village for a dastardly money-making scheme. All seems lost until a fairy’s spell transforms their rather lazy cat into the swashbuckling hero Puss in Boots!”

“As with our Christmas pantomimes we will be having a Junior Ensemble and auditions for these take place on Sunday 2 February 2020 and more information can be found on the Victoria Theatre’s website.”

Book your tickets now for this truly furr-midable Easter panto which is guaranteed to leave you fe-line happy!

The show runs from Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 April.

Tickets for the top-cat of all pantos are available from the box office on 01422 351158, or visit: