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WATCH: Stars flock to Molineux to celebrate Wolverhampton Grand Theatre anniversary - in pictures

By Megan Archer | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton Grand at 125 | Published:

Stars from all over the country graced the red carpet last night for Wolverhampton Grand's glittering anniversary celebrations.

Nick Owen, Christopher Biggins, Linda Lusardi, Adrian Jackson, Jeffrey Holland, Sue Pollard, Sam Kane and Don Maclean

Celebs Suzi Perry, Christopher Biggins, and Sam Kane were just a few of the VIP guests invited to the private gala dinner at Molineux - organised to celebrate 125 years since the theatre's formation.

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Stars flock to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for anniversary celebrations

The sparkling event, hosted by Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen, saw hundreds of guests treated to a formal dinner, auction, interviews with the stars, and more.

Marketing manager at The Grand Scott Bird said: "What a pleasure to start the celebrations for 125 years of the Grand in the presence of some of the theatre’s most well loved performers and guests whilst at the same time raising money for the Grand Theatre’s charity.

"We look forward to more events throughout 2019 as we lead up to the anniversary on 10 December.”

Stars who attended the bash included Gadget Show star MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry, who grew up in Wolverhampton, Porridge star Christopher Biggins, Emmerdale actor Sam Kane, TV presenter and former glamour model Linda Lusardi, and Hi di Hi stars Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard.

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Steve Bull and Suzi Perry

All of them, bar Suzi Perry, have starred in the Grand's famous pantomimes, held each year around Christmas.

The Grand also made a special announcement last night, that Jeffrey Holland and Su Pollard were due to star in this year's panto Dick Whittington.

Jeffrey Holland and wife Judy Buxton

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Opening on December 7, Su will play the evil Queen Rat and Jeffrey will play Alderman Fitzwarren. The duo, who starred together in TV sitcoms Hi-De-Hi, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang M’Lord? will be reunited on stage alongside the Grand Theatre’s much-loved pantomime Dame, Ian Adams who returns for a fourth consecutive year.

Grand Theatre chief executive Adrian Jackson said: “I am delighted that Su and Jeffrey will star in our pantomime this year.

Sue Pollard

"Su Pollard has worked extensively in theatre and television and is known and loved for her larger than life personality and infectious presence which lends itself so naturally to pantomime.

"It will be very special to reunite her onstage with her sitcom partner Jeffrey Holland who is a Grand Theatre favourite and always welcomed by our audiences.

Christopher Biggins

"Ian Adams, winner of Best Panto Dame In The Midlands will return for a fourth consecutive year and I look forward to working him with once again.”

The venue and attendees tweeted various updates from the event during the night:

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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