BEN RETURNS TO THE OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER FOR THIS YEARS PANTO OF SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.
Ben has proven to be one of the country's most popular pantomime performers, and his performance in Cinderella has earned him a nomination for Best Comic at the Great British Pantomime Awards, with the winner to be announced this April.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world's biggest pantomime producer, continuing their partnership with Manchester Opera House. Ben will play Muddles opposite Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Queen, as previously announced. Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment's pantomime division, said: "Without doubt, Ben has fast become one of Panto-land's best-loved comics, mastering the art form and making audiences of all ages laugh hysterically with his inimitable comic-timing, impressions and gags. We're delighted Manchester audiences enjoyed his performance as Buttons so much and we're thrilled to be bringing him back to the Opera House to cause even more mayhem and hilarity, as only Ben can do. We're already planning all sorts of wonderful surprises and we can't wait for the magic to begin."
Sheena Wrigley, Theatre Director at the Palace Theatre and Opera House Manchester, added "We are delighted Ben is returning to Manchester in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this Christmas. He is a wonderfully inventive comedian who built a special rapport with audiences in 2018. Parents, kids and critics alike all loved his performance and we are very excited to be welcoming Ben back. Another ingredient in what promises to be a very special panto this year."
Please book tickets online at: Snow White Manchester 2019
Delighted to be returning to the beautiful Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Saturday 31st August 2019 for another amazing evening of variety. Joining me on the show are BGT runner-up Robert White, From The Voice Nottingham's own Lia White, International Juggler Jon Udry, The return of Award Winning Illusionists Matricks, The Wonderful Voices of Paul Cobley & Ruby Washington, The Dazzling Marcia Jones Show Girls and Live Band led by my MD Will Penney.
Please book tickets online at: Ben Nickless Variety Show 2019
The Ben Nickless Variety Show... Review by Alex Belfield ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ben Nickless is not only a Nottingham panto legend but he's also incredibly gifted, a great singer, charming, a well crafted variety comedian and incredibly popular as stage door at 10.30pm proved. Rare!
He's an 'old-school' entertainer who can captivate an audience with impressive vocals, great gags, improv, visual comedy and classic schtick. Collectively, it's a beautiful feel-good act.
In 25 years of visiting the Nottingham Theatre Royal, other than Doddy, I don't think I have ever seen a standing ovation so loud and warm for a stand-up or variety act like Ben. Quite remarkable.
Ben was joined on stage by the brilliant ventriloquist Steve Hewlett - he never fails. A world class vent who deserves to be constantly touring the world with Arthur Larger. Thrilled he could do the show.
Equally as polished was Steve Royale of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights who has boundless energy and perfect northern comedy timing. Comedy pro.
Nickless stayed true to his word and delivered the epitome of an impressive variety bill including magicians, singers, a live band but ultimately he drove the show.
The show also featured Ruby Washington, Paul Cobley & MATRICKS.
Ben Nickless is best known in Nottingham for his appearances alongside David Hasselhoff in Peter Pan, Lesley Joseph in Snow White, Christopher Biggins in Aladdin and more recently in Beauty & The Beast with Sherrie Hewson & Ben Richards.
The show began with a montgage of the above who clearly adored working with him.
Most of his 'bits' were panto inspired and received an equal reaction for their creative brilliance tonight. Give the people what they want - and he did.
Where Nickless strikes gold, beyond the panto predictable, is his voices - quite sensational in places.
He's a brilliant mimic who embodies the likes of Cliff "I've not done this in two years" - to the exceptional Trump impression with a thunderous gag that the crowd adored.
Bravo to Ben for putting on this show. It would have been much easier to go solo but Ben proves, if done correctly, and made relevant for 2018 audience, the appeal of spec acts and variety is as strong as when this temple of showbiz business was first built.
Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio, 8th September 2018
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