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Casting announced for The Nativity Panto at the King's Head Theatre

Casting news

THE King’s Head Theatre and Charles Court Opera have announced the full cast for The Nativity Panto – A Not-So Silent Night, which runs at the King’s Head Theatre from November 29, 2019 to January 11, 2020.

The line up includes Emily Cairns, Meriel Cunningham, Jennie Jacobs, Matthew Kellett and Catrine Kirkman.

Emily Cairns previously made her Charles Court Opera debut in Buttons: A Cinderella Story (King’s Head Theatre). Her other theatre credits include The 56 (Bradford Alhambra and UK Tour with Lung Theatre), E15 (Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Battersea Arts Centre), News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre), and Triple Entendre: Love, Life and Other Stuff (Bradford Playhouse/Canal Cafe/Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Meriel Cunningham graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating, her opera credits include Dorilla in Tempe (Wexford Festival Opera), The Return of Ulysses (The Roundhouse for Royal Opera), The Tales of Hoffmann (Grimeborn Opera Festival), and H.M.S Pinafore and Ruddigore (Charles Court Opera).

Her theatre credits include An Evening on Broadway (Milton Court Theatre), and Guys and Dolls and Crazy For You (Silk Street Theatre for Guildhall). Cunningham’s recent concert highlights include a recital of Kurt Weill Cabaret Songs at Barbican Hall and performing a selection of jazz standards with Derek Paravicini at St John Smith Square for their My Music concert series.

Jennie Jacobs earlier this year starred as Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore (King’s Head Theatre/National Tour). Her other performing credits include Buttons: A Cinderella Story (King’s Head Theatre) and Guilty of Love (National Tour). She has also been a part of the vocal groups The Rudy Vees, Graffiti Voices, ANCORA and Opera Girls. As well as performing, Jacobs is a recording artist, cabaret performer, writer and comic.

Matthew Kellett is returning for his seventh pantomime with Charles Court Opera. His previous appearances have included d’Artagnon in The Three Musketeers, Billy in Billy the Kidd, El Tabasco in Pinocchio, Lord Conniving in King Tut, Buttons in Buttons: A Cinderella Story, and all seven of Snow White’s dwarfs in Mirror Mirror. He has also made many appearances with CCO outside of panto, including most recently H.M.S. Pinafore.

Kellett’s other recent theatre credits include The Elixir of Love (King’s Head Theatre), The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance (UK Tour with National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Catrine Kirkman most recently performed her new one-woman show, Unbreakable Bond, based on the star of original Savoy Operas, Jessica Bond. Her recent opera credits include H.M.S. Pinafore (King’s Head Theatre), Hansel and Gretel, Un ballo in maschera (Midsummer Opera), Cavalli’s Jason, Coronation of Poppea (English Touring Opera) and The Magic Flute (Ilford Arts Festival).

This year, Charles Court Opera has taken the story that sparked the Season and sprinkled it with a generous helping of magic, whimsy and Christmas cheer to create their most joyous show yet. A cast of well-known characters will take the audience through a respectful, yet irreverent adaptation of the Nativity story, with musical numbers, laugh-out-loud puns and – as always – the entirely unexpected.

From adult-only evening performances through to family matinees, The Nativity Panto is perfect for parents and children, couples, groups of friends and office parties.

Charles Court Opera’s previous pantomimes with the King’s Head Theatre include Buttons: A Cinderella Story, King Tut: A Pyramid Panto, Pinocchio and Mirror Mirror: A Snow White Pantomime.

The Nativity Panto is written and directed by John Savournin with original music and lyrics by David Eaton, choreography by Damian Czarnecki, set design by Rachel Szmukler, lighting design by Ben Pickersgill, and costume design by Mia Wallden and Catrin Short Thyrsson.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0207 226 8561 or visit

Image: Jennie Jacobs, Matt Kellett and Catrine Kirkman in The Nativity Panto.