Shiver your timbers – get ready for panto season at Hippodrome

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, November 30, 2012, 09:00

SPLICE the mainbrace, pull up the anchor and don't get cast adrift – because Birmingham Hippodrome's swashbuckling pantomime is ready to set sail.

Robinson Crusoe is being performed at the Hurst Street venue and stars Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph. And this year's action-packed "must see" panto features fabulous sets, outrageous costumes and stunning special effects.

There will also be a few surprises to shiver your timbers, we're told.

A spokesman said: "Will Blackheart the Pirate manage to steal the treasure map from our hero Robinson Crusoe?

"Will Robinson Crusoe manage to defeat the mighty sea monster? Come aboard and all will be revealed."

All-round entertainer and Hippodrome favourite Brian Conley makes a triumphant return in the lead role of Robinson Crusoe, following his role as Buttons in the acclaimed production of Cinderella last Christmas, and as Fagin in Oliver! earlier this year.

This is his sixth pantomime at the Hippodrome, and other hugely successful roles in Birmingham include him as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Brian is joined by television and stage actress Lesley Joseph in the role of The Enchantress of the Ocean and Lesley will be remembered fondly as the 'neighbour from hell' Dorien Green in the top-rated BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather, a role she has recently reprised for a sell-out stage tour of the UK.

Brian and Lesley will be joined on stage by Solihull-born Kathryn Rooney – who played the role of Cinderella last year – as Polly and Andrew Ryan as Mrs Crusoe.

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