Doreen Tipton met her match with Hercules the Lion at Villa Park when she trained to take on the role of the Lazy Lion Tamer in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, opening on Saturday 18 December.

The UK’s biggest regional panto follows Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks, who are battling to save their Big Top circus from the Evil Ringmaster who is intent on stealing their three loveable bears and leaving them in ruin.

Doreen will be joined as Jason Donovan as the Evil Ringmaster in his pantomime debut, Matt Slack as Ringmaster, Andrew Ryan as Dame Betty Barnum, Alexia McIntosh as Candy Floss and Samantha Dorrance as Goldilocks.

The headline cast will be joined by a spectacular line-up of circus acts including the magnificent magician Phil Hitchcock, awe-inspiring motorcycle act Peter Pavlov and The Globe of Speed, the Death-Defying Gemini Sisters and international circus artist Pierre Marchand. Goldilocks and the Three Bears includes the set and production values of the sell-out London Palladium pantomime in 2019, alongside lots of new material created especially for the Birmingham cast and audience.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs at Birmingham Hippodrome Saturday 18 December 2021 – Sunday 30 January 2022. Book your tickets here, or call us on 0844 338 5000 (4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).