Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper & More to Appear in CINDERELLA at King's Theatre Glasgow
The King's Theatre Glasgow and First Family Entertainment are thrilled to announce Scottish comedy legend Gregor Fisher will be reuniting with his Rab C. Nesbitt co-star Tony Roper in the godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella. Also returning to the stage due to popular demand is Capital FM presenter Des Clarke marking his fifth consecutive year in the King's legendary panto. The rags to riches tale of Cinderella makes its tenth appearance in the history of the King's traditional pantomime from Friday 2 December 2016 until Sunday 8 January 2017.
Gregor Fisher, best known to TV audiences for the iconic title role in Rab C. Nesbitt, will be joining his partner in crime Tony Roper, who played Rab's unscrupulous long-time friend Jamesie in the BBC series, as the awfy ugly sisters. They will be swapping Rab's trademark string vest and Jamesie's shabby sports jacket for some fabulous frilly frocks when they set out to make Cinderella's life a misery.
Last year Gregor made his anticipated return to the King's panto stage as Hector the Henchman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 2015 also welcomed his first book The Boy from Nowhere which explored his dramatic family history and inspired the BBC Documentary In Search of Gregor Fisher. This year the comedy actor is set to return to the big screen in the remake of the 1949 film Whisky Galore! starring alongside James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard. Cinderella will mark 35 years since Gregor made his King's panto debut in Babes in the Wood sharing the stage with Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy.
Another panto stalwart, Tony Roper, is back and he's no stranger to playing the dame having already experienced the ugly sister makeover when he shared the King's stage with Jonathan Watson in 2000. He resurrected his evil streak in Sleeping Beauty as Hector the Henchman in 2011 and five years on Tony said he is delighted to be returning to the King's panto family: "I'm looking forward to getting back on the King's stage and being welcomed by some familiar faces. Head stage door keeper Joan will have the kettle on and I'm doubly thrilled to be performing alongside my close friend, the talented Gregor Fisher. Prince Charming, I will tell you this boy, Rab and Jamesie will make a couple of good-looking gals!"
In addition to Tony's TV appearances in Scotch and Wry, Naked Video, Only an Excuse, The Bill and Taggart, he has successfully written and produced a number of plays including Paddies Market, Rikki and Me, The Celts in Seville and the BAFTA Scotland award-winning The Steamie which later became a popular TV programme and a novelisation by Tony in 2005. He also penned two bestselling novels about Rikki Fulton's character The Reverend I M Jolly: How I Found God and Why He Was Hiding From Me and One Deity at a Time Sweet Jesus.
This Christmas Des Clarke celebrates five years in the King's panto as the jovial jester character, a firm favourite with family audiences. Des first treaded the boards in 2012 as Buttons in Cinderella, so extremely fitting that he should celebrate this milestone by once again stepping into Buttons' boots. Also an established comedian, Des recently completed his first stand-up tour in five years 'The Trouble With Being Des' and premiered a brand new show 'Citizen Des' as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. As well as presenting Capital FM's popular breakfast show, Des hosts BBC Radio Scotland's topical panel show 'Breaking the News'.
On returning to the King's panto stage for his fifth consecutive year Des Clarke said: "I can't believe it's been five years since I first donned the coveted Button's costume, I hope it still fits! It's a privilege to be invited once again to star in the King's Theatre pantomime, a Glasgow institution that plays an integral part in the city's Christmas tradition. To follow in the footsteps of panto legends such as Stanley Baxter and the late great Gerard Kelly, and to star alongside comedy icons like Gregor Fisher and Tony Roper, is a real honour. Panto is a lot of hard work but when you hear the audience laugh and cheer, it's all worth it."
With sumptuous sets, fabulous fairy tale costumes, big song and dance numbers, and riotous panto dames, Cinderella guarantees fun and laughter for all the family. The clock is ticking so book today!