We've got the beast news... These beauties are coming to Solihull this Christmas! Here is the first look at our fantastic cast for this year's Solhull Panto!
Morgan Philpott as Betty Bon Bon
The Core Theatre is delighted to welcome Kings Heath’s very own Morgan Philpott to this year’s pantomime at The Core Theatre. He’ll be making his Solihull pantomime debut as the dazzling Dame, Betty Bon Bon in this year’s production of Beauty and The Beast.
Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Theatre: The Merchant of Venice (RSC) The 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep) Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 5! (Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue) Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest (Stafford Castle), The Importance of being Earnest, The Secret Adversary, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Gulliver's Travels, Arabian Nights, Pinocchio, The Snow Queen (Watermill Theatre) Partners In Crime (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch) Larisa And The Merchants (Arcola Theatre) Bleak House, King Lear, As You Like It, Henry V (Creation Theatre) Macbeth, Merry Wives Of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Comedy Of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Guildford Shakespeare Company) The Sound of Music (Kilworth House) Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal) Larkrise To Candleford (New Perspectives) Don Quixote (Croydon Warehouse) Twelfth Night, George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage Company) Robin Hood (Little Wolf Entertainment) James And The Giant Peach (Northampton Theatre Royal) Pinocchio (Polka Theatre) Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory).
Film and Television: Casualty (BBC) Coronation Street (ITV) Doctors (BBC) Then Voyager (Filmro Productions) The Story Of George Muller (CTA) Beau Brummel (BBC).
Sebastian Harwood as Prince Phillipe (The Beast)
Seb is a London-based performer who studied Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Outside of performing, Seb loves sport and music. He is a big Liverpool fan (his favourite player is James Milner) and at the weekends can be found sat on the sofa checking his fantasy football score or cheering Lewis Hamilton on in the F1. Seb also loves playing the piano and is currently learning the guitar.
Theatre Credits include: Treason - The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Light In The Piazza (Susie Sainsbury Theatre), Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – A Celebration (Sondheim Theatre), Maria Friedman & Friends: Legacy (Menier Chocolate Factory), Roles We’ll Never Play (Lyric Theatre), A Kylie Christmas (Royal Albert Hall)
Rebecca D’Lacey as Belle
Rebecca graduated from Trinity Laban in 2019 with a degree in Musical Theatre. She made her professional debut in 2018 in Bernstein’s Mass at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Following that, she was featured in a promo advert for Channel 4’s The Great British bake-off. She toured the UK and Middle East with a stage adaptation of Rod Campbell’s beloved children’s books Dear Zoo and Dear Santa in 2019 and 2022. Most recently she sang in a masterclass with Kerry Ellis, directed and produced by Hugh Wooldridge.
Rebecca is thrilled to be working with Little Wolf and The Core, making her panto debut as Belle. She would like to thank her family, friends, and agent for their continued support!
Nick Woodford as Gaston
Nick trained at Laine Theatre Arts and Graduated in 2014. Since Graduating, he has travelled around the world performing on cruise ships and tours in Europe. His most recent role was The Rum Tum Tugger in Cats with Royal Caribbean. Other credits include: Singer/dancer in Musical Starnights (European Tour), Featured Vocalist - Celebrity Cruises, Featured Vocalist - Norwegian Cruise Line, Ensemble - Cinderella Theatre Royal Nottingham.
Nick also models and has recently featured in a TV commercial for Sensodyne.
Lucy Carne as The Enchantress
Training: Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre includes: Kinky Boots (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, LMTO), Beauty and the Beast (The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple), A Christmas Carol (The Lyceum Theatre, LMTO), West End Live (West End Gospel Choir), The Fame Game (Vienna's English Theatre).
Television & Film Credits include: Coronation Street (ITV), Still Life (Emma Baggott Productions).
This is Lucy's third pantomime & she is excited to be spending this Christmas in Solihull!
Spencer Cartwright as Marcel
Spencer trained at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts. His theatre credits include Jenufa, The Makropolus Case and Sir John In Love all with the English National Opera.
He was a cast member in Billy Elliot The Musical for eight years, during that time he understudied and performed the roles of George and Big Davey and performed in Billy Elliot Live a performance that was filmed and shown in cinemas around the world globally. He has also performed in Yank as the role of Sarge at The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Spencer is thrilled to be performing at The Core Theatre in Beauty And The Beast with Little Wolf Entertainment.
Chloe Hopcroft as La Fool
Trained at the Urdang Academy.
Theatre credits include: Tantomile in Cats (RCCL), Ensemble in Blonde the Musical (KTCo), Spirit of the Ring in Aladdin (Maidenhead) & Dance Captain in Sinderella (Adult Panto Tour).
Chloe is super excited to be joining the Little Wolf pack and to spend Christmas with you all!
Charlie Booker as Idle Jacques
The Core Theatre is excited to welcome Charlie Booker to the Solihull stage! Charlie graduated from ArtsEd in 2020, and is no stranger to the world of panto, so we look forward to seeing him star as the hilarious Idle Jacques in Beauty and The Beast. More to follow!