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Leslie Joseph stars in Nottingham's Snow White Panto

Leslie Joseph will play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Credit: PA

Leslie Joseph is starring in this year's pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham

The Birds of a Feather star is cast as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs alongside former Eastenders actor Sam Attwater, who is this year's Prince.

The opening night is tonight, and the show will run until the 11th of January.



Leicester theatre costing taxpayer £150k a year

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The Leicester Haymarket Theatre, which closed in 2007, is costing the council £150,000 a year on a lease that has another 60 years to run.

Leicester City Council is now hoping to find a developer by advertising the property online for a price in the region of £500,000.

If the council continues to lease the property, the final cost will total £9m.

The theatre was once considered one of the country's top provincial theatres, attracting stars like Anthony Hopkins and Peter O'Toole.

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Teens with learning difficulties prepare to wow audiences tonight

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School leavers with severe learning disabilities and a passion for dancing are preparing to wow audiences tonight with a special performance.

They're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Freefall Dance Company, which is run by former dancers from the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Fox Hollies Performing Arts College in Mosley.

The company says dancing raises their confidence and improves their self-esteem.

Lee Fisher, from the Birmingham Royal Ballet said: "They get all the benefits that anybody would get from dance, physical well being, but also an opportunity to be creative, an opportunity to be part of a community and to be able to male independent choices about what they want to perform."

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The show must go on – Performances to continue following Dean Gaffney's car crash

Ian Dickens Productions and Derby Theatre have released a statement announcing the play will go ahead next week, despite its star, Dean Gaffney, recovering in hospital following a car crash.

The father-of-two was rushed to hospital in a critical condition before being stabilised, it has been reported.

Dean Gaffney was made famous in EastEnders, where he player Robbie Jackson.

Our thoughts are with Dean and his family and we wish him all the best for his continued recovery over the coming days.

– Derby Theatre and Ian Dickens Productions
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Agent: Dean Gaffney 'is going to be OK'

Dean Gaffney at the National Television Awards in 2007. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Dean Gaffney's agent has said the actor is "going to be OK" despite suffering head injuries in a car crash.

Dave Read said: "He's got some nasty head injuries but the good news is that he's going to be OK.

"It was a bad crash and we're grateful it wasn't any worse."

Gaffney was driving to a friend's house from Derby Theatre, where he is starring in 'A Murder is Announced', when the accident occurred.