Cheggers and Basil Brush among Lancaster Easter panto bill

Basil Brush, Keith Chegwin and Stevi Ritchie from The X Factor star in an Easter panto at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster.
Basil Brush, Keith Chegwin and Stevi Ritchie from The X Factor star in an Easter panto at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster.

You don’t have to wait until Christmas to get your panto fix in Lancaster.

A pantomime coming to Lancaster this Easter starring Keith Chegwin and Basil Brush you say?

Oh yes it is!

The Lancaster Grand will welcome TV legends ‘Cheggers’ and Basil Brush who star in Beauty and the Beast on Monday, April 3.

The touring show will also star Stevi Ritchie, who shot to fame as a contestant on The X Factor talent show in 2014.

The show, by Manchester-based Anton Benson Productions, is touring the UK over the Easter period and Lancaster is the first stop.

Chegwin, famed for 1970s and 1980s TV shows Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Saturday Superstore and Cheggers Plays Pop, will play the role of Jolly King Cheggers who protects his Kingdom of Ooh La La against the threat of the ferocious Beast (played by former Coronation Street star Scott Wright).

Kids TV icon Basil Brush will play the Beast’s silly sidekick while Stevi Ritchie plays Wally. Olivia Birchenough, presenter of children’s TV show Milkshake, is also part of the cast.

“Our regulars love our annual Christmas shows and given how much of a hit our production of Beauty was with audiences last Easter we are delighted to be bringing it to further venues the year,” said producer Anton Benson.

Tickets cost £14/£13 and £48 for a family.

Performances are at 3pm and 7pm.

Call 01524 64695 or go to www.lancastergrand.co.uk.