Ben Roddy returns to the Marlowe Theatre

Marlowe pantomime dame Ben Roddy returns to the Canterbury theatre in a different guise next month (May).

Ben Roddy takes to the stage for Don’t Dress For Dinner at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

The Honorary Patron of the KM Charity Team will be starring in Don’t Dress For Dinner, Marc Camoletti’s side-splitting comedy of gastronomic proportions (he also produces the show). Ben will be joined by Olivier Award-winning actress Sara Crowe (EastEnders, Four Weddings And A Funeral), and brilliant farceur Damian Williams (Birds Of A Feather, Being Tommy Cooper).

Ben Roddy is a Marlowe Theatre favourite and Honorary Patron of the KM Charity Team.

In the fast-paced farce, Bernard’s wife Jacqueline is away for the weekend, so he invites his gorgeous Parisian mistress Suzy to stay. He also invites his best friend Robert along as an alibi, and hires chef Suzette to prepare a feast.

Ben (who plays Bernard) trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating, he has worked extensively in all areas of the profession, including theatre (he has appeared in more than 100 productions across the UK and beyond), radio, television and film. In the last year alone, he has appeared as Charles in A Party to Murder, Nick in Bedroom Farce, Peter Marriot in Sound Of  Murder, and in Absolutely  Fabulous: The  Movie.

 He hosted The Marlowe’s fifth anniversary gala performance and The Philharmonia Orchestra’s celebration of the music of John Barry (also at The Marlowe). Ben has appeared in 20 consecutive seasons of pantomime; in recent years as the resident dame at The Marlowe.

Side-splitting comedy Don’t Dress For Dinner at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Sara (Jacqueline) has countless theatre, TV and film credits, with roles ranging from Madame  Woo in Cinderella  (Lyric  Hammersmith), Ruth in Calendar  Girls (Noel  Coward), Sheila in EastEnders, Sarah  Blasdale in Doctors,  Fatima in Carry on Columbus, Laura in Four Weddings And A Funeral, to Queen Thistle’s voice  in Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom (animation).

Damian Williams (Robert) Damian  became  well  known to  television  audiences in  the  early  nineties  for  his  appearances as Ginger  Gahagan in  the  BBC  series  Billy  Webb  and  the  second  series,  Alfonzo  Bonzo. He has numerous other television appearances and is always in  demand  for  musical theatre. His first love is comedy (his heroes are Laurel and Hardy), and he has played  various comedy roles. Damian  was Tommy  Cooper in  the  new  play  Being  Tommy  Cooper,  and most recently he  also  played  Tommy in the short film The Last Laugh, written and directed by Paul Hendy and for which Damian won Best Actor at Southampton Film Festival. Damian has toured the country for more than 25 years has a wealth of experience in theatre, making him a well-respected  farceur.

Don’t Dress For Dinner, which is in its 30th year and comes from the same author as Boeing Boeing, is at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, at 7.30pm on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May. Tickets, priced from £19.75 to £32.75 (concessions available; booking fee applies) are from the Box Office on 01227 787787, and marlowetheatre.com.

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