King’s Panto cast

Aug 11 2021 | By More

Sleeping Beauty cast confirmed for King’s

Edinburgh’s panto triumvirate may be no more, but there will be a Gray on stage at the King’s this year, when panto giants Grant Stott and Allan Stewart are joined by Clare Gray in Sleeping Beauty.

Writer and actress Clare, daughter of the hugely missed Andy Gray who sadly died earlier this year from Covid, will be returning to the King’s to play Narcissa, having performed as one of the three bears in 2019 and an impressive Ugly in Cinderella in 2017.

Clare Gray, Grant Stott, Allan Stewart, Jordan Young, Nicola Meehan and Sia Dauda. Composite: Crossroads Pantomimes

Up top, the production boasts familiar faces Allan Stewart as Queen May with Grant Stott as the evil Carabosse. River City bad boy Jordan Young looks to his funny side and brings some madcap comedy to the proceedings as Muddles.

Allan Stewart, who holds the King’s record for playing Dame more times than any other actor, has appeared at the King’s every year since 1998. Grant Stott is now on his 27th pantomime and the 21st consecutive panto season at the King’s.

The Good Fairy will be played by Nicola Meehan who has toured in Boogie Nights and was lead vocalist on Brendan Cole’s tour of Showman. Princess Beauty will be played by Sia Dauda, who has toured the UK in The Bodyguard and Flashdance.

resplendent with all the family fun

CEO of Capital Theatres, Fiona Gibson said: “We’re so delighted to have the King’s panto back for another year, the staff and the audiences missed its magic and sparkle so much last Christmas. Sleeping Beauty, resplendent with all the family fun, songs, jokes and wonder we’ve come to expect, will be just the festive treat we all need this winter.

“Of course there’s one person we’ll really miss when that curtain lifts on the first night and that’s cherished panto star and friend Andy Gray. Although it won’t be the same without him, his spirit will be very much in evidence as his fellow stars Allan Stewart and Grant Stott take to the stage alongside Jordan Young, who has become a firm panto favourite in recent years.

“Andy’s legacy will also live on through his daughter Clare Gray whom we’re thrilled will be joining this year’s panto cast, along with Nicola Meehan and Sia Duada to complete the dream team.”

Gibson also confirmed that beyond this Sleeping Beauty, in a year’s time the King’s itself will be going to sleep – or at least going dark. Not for 100 years, but 23 months – including two Christmas seasons.

She added: “This will be our last panto in the King’s before the Grand Old Lady of Leven Street commences its much-needed redevelopment, restoring it to be the fabulous venue our audiences, staff and artists truly deserve. So don’t miss it – we know it’s going to be an extra special one.”

The King’s pantomime is now produced by Crossroads Pantomimes, after Qdos Pantomimes which used to run it was bought by Crossroads Live. Michael Harrison, who was managing director of Qdos Pantomimes is chief executive of the new company.


Sleeping Beauty
King’s Theatre, King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Sat 27 Nov 2020 – Sun 16 Jan 2022
Tue to Sat, 2pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 5pm
Tickets and details: Book here.


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