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A popular comedy actor and performer who has entertainment in his DNA is poised to join the cast of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Cinderella.
Joe Tracini, the son of Joe Pasquale, will play Buttons in the festive family production which runs from December 17 to January 19.
Two Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime favourites are also joining the cast. Richard Gauntlett will play the Fairy Godmother as well as write and direct the production.
Meanwhile the role of Baron Hardup will be played by David Gant, who will bring his enviable mix of comedy and gravitas to the part.
Born in Great Yarmouth, Joe is no stranger to the world of pantomime following his father into show-business and has starred in productions for a host of venues. He has a diverse range of other stage credits including Patsy in Spamalot and Danny in Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Joe is also a familiar face on TV having played the likeable Dennis Savage in Channel Four’s popular soap Hollyoaks and appeared in a number of CBBC series including Dengineers.
Richard Gauntlett will bring a new twist to the role of Fairy Godmother in the show which will once again boast his on-stage flair, incredible comedy timing and ability to entertain all ages. He is also a stalwart of The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, a highly-sought after comedian and music hall performer, and has a wide range of previous performing credits including The Lion King, Barnum, Beauty and The Beast, and Doctor Who, and has written episodes of The Sooty Show.
Meanwhile David Gant has enjoyed a distinguished career having appeared in the likes of the premiere of An Honourable Trade for the Royal Court and other productions including the world tour of Hamlet, Coriolanus for Chichester Festival Theatre, Venice Preserved for Manchester Royal Exchange, and the UK tour of King Lear.
He also has a host of big-screen and small-screen credits including Gandhi, Victor/Victoria, Wish You Were Here, Bad Education, Holby City, Inspector Morse, and Sherlock. Away from the stage, he also enjoys a hugely successful parallel career as an international fashion model.
Richard Gauntlett is very excited about the casting news and is promising a show for all ages to enjoy. He said: “Cinderella has to be my favourite pantomime and I am very excited about what is in store. It will be very traditional but with a new set and some added extras. I can’t divulge any more at the moment.”
He is also thrilled to be back and have the opportunity to work with both Joe and David. “I have known Joe for a very long time and he is one of the best comic actors I have ever seen. He is a young guy who has comedy in his DNA. The ability to entertain has definitely not skipped a generation with Joe. He is a very funny and lovely man,” said Richard.
“He is very excited to be working here this Christmas and I have also had a phone call from his old man to say it is good news.”
Behind the scenes, the hard work is also continuing to bring in more cast-members and get the production ready for Christmas. Richard said: “We are still casting and there are more people to announce but this first announcement is wonderful news. Cinderella is going to be a very funny panto.”
Cinderella rns at the Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17 December 2019-Sunday 19 January 2020. Tickets £10-£25. Discounts for Over-60s, Under-18s, Groups and Schools.
To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.