Bath will see stage star Nichola McAuliffe go from mad to bad
When at the very last minute actress Nichola McAuliffe took over the role of good panto fairy from Dora Bryan who was ill a couple of years back there wasn't any time to learn her lines.
So she suggested to the director that she play the part as a drunk fairy which meant she could have the line written on the back of a gin bottle.
"I got more and more p***ed as the evening went on," said Nichola.
The whole thing was such a great success that drunk fairies are now a bit of a tradition in that part of the country.
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Last week it was announced that Nichola is to star as the Wicked Queen in this year's Theatre Royal Bath panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Nichola likes to tackle her panto fairy roles – which she has been playing now for more than six years – in a particular way. Exactly how she will play the role in Bath won't be known until after she meets with the director.
By coincidence Nichola comes to Bath next week to star as the eccentric Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van.
Multi award-winning actress Nichola received huge acclaim for her performance in Alan Bennett's Bed Among the Lentils, which played Bath back in 2000. But she is still probably best-known on television for the role of Sheila Sabatini in more than 50 episodes of Surgical Spirit also as Anita in Coronation Street and for guest appearances in My Family, Holby City and Doctor Who.
Previously at the Theatre Royal Bath, Nichola reprised her hilarious West End role as Katisha in The Mikado for Carl Rosa Opera in 2011 and starred as Marjorie in The Peter Hall Company's praised production of Home in 2009. Nichola is also an increasingly well known playwright and in August, Nichola's new play Maurice's Jubilee will be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she will perform alongside Julian Glover and Sheila Reid.
The heart-warming and poignant play The Lady in the Van tells the story of Alan Bennett's unusual neighbour. When a decrepit Bedford van grinds to a halt opposite Alan Bennett's house in Camden Town, little does the writer suspect that its next parking place will be his own garden, where its evil-smelling occupant is to remain for a further 15 years. The genuinely eccentric Miss Shepherd used to drive ambulances in the war, has an unexplained aversion to piano music, may have been a nun, and is described by the author as "a bigoted, blinkered, cantankerous, devious, unforgiving, self-centred, rank, rude, car-mad cow". Forced to turn down his music to her complaints, recharge her van's flat battery and become her reluctant carer, Alan Bennett uses his vivid observations to create a best-loved play full of wit, warmth and great one-liners.
This week we have a pair of tickets to give away for Monday's opening night performance of The Lady in the Van.
Just answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name and telephone number to Theatre Royal Competition, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA. The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday morning will get the tickets for that night's show. The question is: what part will Nichola be playing in this year's Bath pantomime?