Sleeping Beauty Rehearsals Begin!

Panto is our favourite time of year, and we can’t wait to welcome it back to Cast this winter! With rehearsals starting this week, it’s time that we introduce you to our cast and senior creatives – they’re a wonderfully talented bunch. (Oh yes, they are!)

With stunning sets, a delightful dame and a wicked spell or two, Doncaster’s dream of a pantomime will awaken audiences to a world of wonder this festive season. Sleeping Beauty will run from Friday 2 December through to Saturday 31 December.

We welcome back Madeleine O'Reilly, the director of last year’s Aladdin and 2019’s Cinderella, who returns to direct Cast’s panto for the third time. The script this year has been crafted by Andrew Pollard, who has written, directed and performed in fifteen pantomimes for London’s Greenwich Theatre – so we know it’s in good hands!


Leading the cast in her panto debut as our Princess Rose, is Zoe McWhinney. Zoe trained at the Ecole de Theatre Universelle in Toulouse and is a performer, theatre maker and poet in British Sign Language (BSL). She has performed internationally on stage and screen to great acclaim.

Zoe is joined by an all-star cast of exceptional talent. Tarek Slater, who has a wealth of stage and short film experience, will play Rotherham Prince. Andy Cryer, who has performed at the R.S.C, The Globe, the National Theatre, and has even appeared on Heartbeat, Emmerdale and Doctors, will play our beloved dame, Super Nanny Fanny! Joanne Heywood, who has performed extensively on stage, from London to Liverpool, Sheffield to Glaisdale, will play the delightfully evil Vanity Vainglory (BOOO!). David Monteith, recently returned from touring with the National Theatre for their production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, is to be King Derek. Another Emmerdale alum, Cathy Breeze returns to Cast as Fairy Reytgood, having performed here in 2019 in Garry Lyons’ The Last Seam. The role of Nixie the Pixie will be played by Brooklyn Melville and the cast will be supported by Matthew Lewney covering all male roles.


Tickets start from £15. All performances will be BSL interpreted. For more information and to book tickets visit