Feel-good favourite musical at the Civic

The cast of the Doncaster Phoenix Theatre Company production of Annie.
The cast of the Doncaster Phoenix Theatre Company production of Annie.

doncaster actress Sheridan Smith once played Annie at Doncaster Civic Theatre - and now she’s a major star of stage and screen.

Budding actors and actresses in the current production of Annie will be hoping they will follow in the Mrs Biggs actress’ footsteps.

She played the role in 1994 and it was one of several local productions which helped set up her blooming career in the West End.

The Doncaster Phoenix Theatre Company is bringing the family favourite back to the Civic theatre with the two Annies aged just ten.

Company director Ant Parsley said: “They both have huge singing voices, very impressive! The two gangs of orphans are equally as impressive and fought off competition from all round the area in an open audition to land their parts. They’ve got so much energy!”

The show features musical numbers including Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street. Tickets are likely to sell out so it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Where: Doncaster Civic Theatre

When: Until Saturday, 7pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm

HoW Much: Tickets £14, £12 concessions

CONTACT: 01302 342349

FEATHERED friends will be heading to Doncaster for the annual budgerigar show.

More than 3,000 budgies will be heading to town for the World Championship Budgerigar show.

The annual extravaganza is one of the highlights of the year for the society.

There will be hundreds of breeders who will all be showing off their beloved budgies.

Where: Doncaster Dome

When: Saturday from 2pm to 6pm, and Sunday 9am to 5pm

How Much: £6.50 per person

Contact: www.the-dome.co.uk

A GLITZY charity ball will raise cash for mental health charity, Mencap.

The Run The World ball is being held at Earl of Doncaster Hotel.

It will be hosted by sporting superstar, Andrew Landells. In April 2013, the ultra-runner, a finalist for this year’s Sporting Hero at the Doncaster Pride Awards, will be running 150 miles across the Sahara Desert as part of the Mencap Extreme Team.

The black tie event will feature a three-course meal as well as entertainment from The 48Ks.

They’ll also be a charity auction with great items donated including a family photography experience, a signed football from Sir Bobby Charlton and a training session with local professional boxer Daniel Slaney.

Where: Earl of Doncaster Hotel

When: Tomorrow

How Much: Tickets £45

Contact: 01302 744188

it’s official - Christmas will be switched on in Doncaster this week.

It may still feel like weeks away but festive directions will be lit up at a special event today.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the town centre to watch the big Christmas switch-on.

Songs from Doncaster Rock Choir will start proceedings as well as stars from Doncaster’s Civic Theatre panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Taking centre stage, alongside mayor Peter Davies will be Olympian Sarah Stevenson and Mexborough’s Kids Du Care group, who were winners in this year’s Free Press supported Doncaster Pride Awards.

Town mayor Mr Davies added: “With a host of vibrant entertainment planned for families and children, I hope everyone of all ages will enjoy the show.”

Where: Clock Corner, Doncaster

When: Today, from 4pm with switch on at 6pm

How Much: Free

Mark Thomas is a writer and comedian best known for political stunts on his show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4.

Developed from an original commission by ROH2 and premiered during Deloitte Ignite 2011 at the Royal Opera House, comedian and writer Mark Thomas returns with his top show, Bravo Figaro!

Directed by Hamish Pirie, this is a show that plunders the operatic themes of family, love, death and art told by one of the best storytellers in the country.

Where: Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

When: Monday, 7.30pm

How Much: £16.50

CONTACT: 0844 854 2776