The Theatre Royal’s future panto dame made an early visit to Bury St Edmunds this week.
Adding colour to the town’s Abbey Gardens was the beautiful, shy and retiring Tina Trumpington who made a colourful appearance ahead of this year’s panto, Jack and The Beanstalk.
She will be played by James Parkes who was one half of last year’s dastardly duo, the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, and is thrilled to be returning for his second panto stint at the popular theatre.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time here last year as an Ugly Sister and can’t wait to be back performing on this beautiful stage again.
“It’s so lovely to be back in Bury and I’m really looking forward to playing the dame again – this will be my first pantomime as a solo dame!”
Describing his dame, who has a clue of her particular problem in her surname, James said: “Just don’t stand downwind of her!”
The sun was shining during Wednesday’s photo shoot in the Abbey Gardens where the dame perched on hay bales loaned for the occasion by Saxon Monumental.
Sally Nice, of Saxon Monumental Craft, said: “I think it’s important that the local community helps each other and the pantomime brings so much joy to so many people.
“Therefore when we got the call to help the panto press launch by supplying hay bales, we were delighted to be able to support our iconic Theatre Royal.”
Nicki Dixon, the theatre’s press officer, said: “We are so thrilled to have James back as our dame for this year’s pantomime.
“He was a huge hit with last year’s audiences and I know those who come this year will love him too, either seeing him for the first time or reacquainting themselves with his dameship, remembering him from last year.”
Jack and The Beanstalk runs from November 27 to January 10 and tickets are on sale at the theatre’s box office.
Call 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org