Tyne Theatre & Opera House are thrilled to announce that singer, actress and presenter, Michelle Heaton, will star as the Wicked Queen in this year's Pantomime, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.
Michelle joins several brilliant cast members who have already been announced, including Matt Pagan from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro who will play the Prince, local favourites Charlie Richmond and Lewis Denny who will return as Muddles and Herman the Henchman, and talented local actress Robyn McEnaney who was picked to star as Snow White through the theatre’s ‘Search for Snow White’ auditions. Michelle Heaton is formerly and maybe best known for her time in the pop band Liberty X.
Along with Jessica, Kelli, Kevin and Tony they were formed during their time on the hit ITV show Popstars. It was the year of Hearsay Vs Liberty X in 2001 and the band went on to sign with Richard Branson’s’ V2 label. In the subsequent 5 years they had 7 top 10 singles, including their most successful, ‘Just a little’. This track debuted at number 1 in the UK, selling 100,000 copies in its first week. The track also won the Brit award for Best British Single in 2003. The band reformed for the TV show The Big Reunion on ITV in 2013.
The year of 5ive, Blue and others they had a very successful and critically acclaimed TV show and followed on with a sellout Arena tour. After the group went their separate ways, Michelle appeared on various TV shows, including Celebrity Big Brother, Come Dine with Me and the Irish Apprentice. She has also appeared regularly on ITV’s Loraine show and Loose Women. Recently Michelle has gone back to touring not just with Liberty X but also with Atomic Kitten internationally. She stepped in to the shoes of Liz McClarnon, for a recent tour of Australia and New Zealand and more dates with both bands follow this year, both in the UK and internationally.
Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says: “I’m so excited to announce that Michelle Heaton will be part of our pantomime this year, it’s great to have a local celebrity treading the boards! I think we have a fantastic strong cast and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs will be an amazing show for the whole family. We already can’t wait until December!