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Casting Announcement - Sleeping Beauty

Posted in: Theatre by Niall Sanderson on 13 June 2017
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Lee Brennan & Cheryl Fergison Confirmed for Sleeping Beauty

 The Sands Centre is excited to announce that Carlisle-boy Lee Brennan and former Eastenders star Cheryl Ferguson will be spending this December in Carlisle, in the region's biggest Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.

Lee Brennan
Lee was born in Carlisle on 27th September 1973. Growing up he always wanted to perform. His first thoughts of stardom were wanting to perform magic tricks like his then hero, famous magician Paul Daniels. Lee would perform his magic tricks in front of anyone who would watch him as he dreamed of stardom! He was always singing around the house & loved Wet Wet Wet who were his favourite pop act at the time. 


Lee went from being a sign maker to working at Laser Quest then quickly on to ten pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl. 


One night at home in Carlisle, Lee decided to write a letter to his local radio station CFM. In the letter Lee asked if there was any way they could help him to perform on one of their road shows or if they knew any bands looking for a singer. The next day Lee went to the radio station, passed his letter with a photograph of himself to the receptionist and asked her to pass it on to the boss.


Lee made his musical theatre debut in April 2016 performing in Footloose the musical on its UK tour. Lee played the character "Willard" and received rave reviews during his 80 shows. In Dec Lee once again took on the lead role of Aladdin in the Christmas panto in Chesterfield performing 52 shows!
 
Cheryl Fergison
 
Best known for playing the much loved, long running character of Heather Trott in Eastenders. Cheryl Fergison is a big signing for the producers, who announced earlier in the year that 911 front man, Carlisle's own Lee Brennan would lead the cast as the Prince.


Executive Producer Jonathan Higgins said "Cheryl is a brilliant actor, load of fun and known for giving her all to every role she undertakes. She is instantly recognizable to millions of Eastenders fans and I'm sure that she'' be a big hit with our audience. The creative team have some great plans for this year's show, which continues to get bigger and bigger each Christmas!" 

On screen, Cheryl is well known for Big School - playing opposite David Walliams, Doctor Who, Little Britain, Casualty, Allo Allo, and many more. Her film credits include White Island and Irvine Welsh's Atlantic. 


Cheryl has made Celebrity appearances on Celebrity Mastermind & Celebrity Pointless, Rich & Hungry, Your Face Sounds Familiar (first episode winner), Children In Need, The Paul O'Grady Show, and Let's Dance for Sports Relief. 


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