Oldham’s panto family: Phoebe and Amelie follow in dad’s footsteps

OLDHAM Coliseum Theatre’s nationally renowned annual pantomime is a part of Christmas traditions for families across the borough and beyond – but none more so than the Fletcher household.

Richard J Fletcher with daughters Phoebe and Amelie

Pantomime star dad Richard J Fletcher is joined on stage at the Coliseum by his two daughters Phoebe, 15, and Amelie, 12, for the second year running.

Phoebe and Amelie both returned to the pantomime chorus after successfully auditioning in September for director Kevin Shaw and choreographer Beverley Norris-Edmunds.

The sisters play fairy helpers and townspeople in Cinderella, having cut their teeth playing villagers and ‘ratlings’ in the chorus of 2017’s Dick Whittington.

The Coliseum’s pantomime chorus features three teams of eight talented young ladies who sing, dance and act alongside the pantomime’s professional actors.

Richard is a favourite among audiences with his energetic performances and skilful enticement of audience participation.

This year is his 10th Coliseum pantomime and his performance in the role of Buttons has been highly praised by critics across the board.

As well as having a panto star for a dad, Phoebe and Amelie’s mum, Isabel Ford, is a regular actor in the Coliseum’s dramas and comedies.

She most recently performing multiple roles in the Coliseum’s national tour all-female production of Whisky Galore throughout spring and summer of this year.

Oldham Coliseum’s 2018 pantomime Cinderella (picture by Darren Robinson)

Each year the Coliseum serves up the perfect panto recipe – excellent actors, singers and dancers dishing out traditional fun that’s great for kids and grown-ups.

This year, Prince Charming is throwing a ball and everyone is invited! But it looks like poor Cinderella will be staying home alone, thanks to her Wicked Stepmother and two Ugly Sisters, Trumpy and Pumpy.

With the help of her best friend Buttons and a magical Fairy Godmother can Cinderella make it to the party on time?

Cinderella runs until Saturday, January 12 at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office 0161 624 2829 or online at www.coliseum.org.uk

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