ST HELENS Theatre Royal’s brand-new Christmas panto has been officially launched.

Leading panto producers Regal Entertainments recently revealed its festive show is Goldilocks And The Three Bears with Hollyoaks actor David Tag leading the cast.

Production bosses are promising St Helens audiences "a fantastic festive treat complete with madcap comedy capers and all the fun of the circus – including circus skills and stunts performed by cast members."

St Helens Star: The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The full cast were revealed today (Wednesday, September 29) at a special media launch event at Liverpool’s Shankly Hotel.

Goldilocks and her friends were given special access to the hotel’s Garden Of Eden Suite to meet press and photographers, which was also complete with three beds – in keeping with the family favourite tale.

Goldilocks And The Three Bears will run at St Helens Theatre Royal from Friday, December 10 2021 to Sunday, January 9 2022. Tickets are on sale now starting from £16.

St Helens Theatre Royal has been granted the use of the Society Of London Theatre and UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely’ mark. This certifies that the venue is complying with Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, performers, and audiences.

St Helens Star: The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks And The Three Bears features a host of St Helens’ favourites cast members, who have been training for six months ahead of the show to master a number of circus skills and stunts which will feature in the show, including aerial skills and hoops.

The Ringmaster is played by David Tag, best known for playing Sylvester ‘Sylver’ McQueen in award-winning Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, where his character has been involved in a number of key storylines. The Manchester-born actor has also appeared in Emmerdale; the 2020 coming of age drama S.A.M, which has been a hit at a host of British film festivals; and can be seen as Prince Charming in a new short film.

David is joined by Timothy Lucas as Baron Von Vippemall, Olivia Sloyan as Goldilocks, David Phipps-Davis as Dame Gertie, Scott Gallagher as Silly Billy, Jenna Sian O’Hara as Baby Bear, Harry Moore as Daddy Bear, and Chantal Amber Rose as Mummy Bear.

The creative team includes director and producer Chantelle Nolan, musical supervisor Callum Clarke, choreography by Nazene Langfield, and written by Reece Sibbald.

Theatre manager and show director and producer, Chantelle Nolan, said: “Autumn has arrived, the dark evenings are starting to draw in, so it’s definitely time to reveal our exciting and wonderful cast for this year’s St Helens’ festive spectacular.

St Helens Star: The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

"Our pantomimes are a real Christmas highlight and we’re delighted to be back in full swing for 2021 – this is going to be the greatest show on earth!

“We’re really going for it with Goldilocks And The Three Bears – a classic story but given a new spin, packed with circus fun, comedy capers, and plenty of cracking songs our audiences can all sing-a-long too. It’s been magical bringing our amazing cast together and now really cannot wait to bring the show to life this festive season.”

St Helens Theatre Royal will ensure that any Government guidelines still required in December will be in place to ensure the safety of theatregoers, venue staff, cast and crew.

St Helens Theatre Royal has a range of Covid-secure measures in place. They include increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at points throughout the building, and a QR code phone app for audiences to order food and beverages to be delivered to them at their seats.

Customers are asked to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) as a courtesy to others, and are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before attending a show. People are asked not to visit the theatre if they have Covid symptoms. Meanwhile theatre staff are taking daily Covid tests.