Vicky’s a panto queen

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Coronation Street’s notorious knicker-stitcher Janice Battersby (Vicky Entwistle) (pictured) has been snapped up for Blackpool Grand Theatre’s family panto Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs from Friday December 2 to Monday January 2.

The former Blackpool & The Fylde College student is best known as the brash but big-hearted Janice Battersby in ITV1’s Coronation Street, who arrived on the cobbles in 1997 with her slobbish husband Les, step-daughter Leanne and daughter Toyah.

She played Janice for 14 unforgettable years before recently deciding to leave the soap to pursue other acting projects.

Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson said of her leaving: “Vicky created a strong and uncompromising battleaxe with a heart of gold lurking underneath – in the true tradition of great Coronation Street women. She’ll be missed by us all and we wish her well.”

Vicky will play Snow White’s evil stepmother the Wicked Queen and will be joining Grand Theatre family favourite Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire and an all-star supporting cast to be announced.

Snow White is a classic fairytale fantasy jam-packed with music and dance, fun and laughter, a troubled princess, a seriously wicked stepmother, a handsome prince and, of course, seven cheeky dwarfs.

This adaptation of Snow White is presented by Martin Dodd for UK Productions – the company which has presented some of the most critically acclaimed touring musicals in recent years, such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, Carousel, 42nd Street, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fiddler On The Roof starring Joe McGann and Singin’ in The Rain starring West End sensation Tim Flavin.

UK Productions has also produced pantomimes at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for the past 15 years.

Tickets are available from £12.50, Call the box office on (01253) 290190, visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre or click on our dedicated panto website www.worldofpanto.com.