Media Release: Double dose of panto fever hits Eden Court

PANTO fever hit Eden Court Theatre, Inverness over the weekend as the cast from Eden Court’s fabulous family show dropped in to the theatre on Sat 27th to meet and greet the staff and their children from sponsor, Hawco Volkswagen, and on Sunday 28th to check out the talented youngsters trying out at the ‘babes auditions’.

As is now customary, hundreds of children aged between 8 – 16 years from across the Highland region attended open auditions on Sunday morning, hoping to be one of the lucky ones selected by dame and director, Iain Lauchlan and his team.

Iain said: “We were once again delighted by number of people who turned out, and by the high standard of dancing the children displayed.

“I’m confident that this year’s panto will be even better than before, especially as I’m playing the Dame…again!:

The annual pantomime is Eden Court’s biggest production of the year.

It attracts more than 30,000 people during its five-week run.

Cinderella will be directed by Iain Lauchlan who will also star as one of the Ugly Sisters.

Iain wrote and directed Jack and the Beanstalk and Beauty and the Beast, two of the most popular pantomimes at Eden Court in recent years. Iain is a BAFTA Award-winning children’s TV personality, and the co-creator of The Tweenies.

Hawco Volkswagen is supporting Eden Court’s panto this year as main sponsor of Cinderella.

Marketing director, Kevin Hawco, said: “Hawco Volkswagen is proud and delighted to be the principal sponsor of Eden Court’s pantomime.

“We know how important and much loved the panto is and we want to play our part in ensuring that families from across the Highlands can enjoy this high quality production.”

Cinderella opens on Tuesday 6 December 2011 and runs until Sunday 8 January 2012.

Tickets are on sale now at the Eden Court Box Office tel. 01463 234 234 or visit


For more information please contact Laurie Piper, marketing manager, Eden Court on 01463 732673 / 0779 5 260 953 or email


Iain Lauchlan – Ugly Sister

Anna Mitcham – Cinderella

Greg Powrie – Ugly Sister

Nigel Nevinson – Baron Hardup


Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre is the largest entertainment venue in the Highlands of Scotland. From our award-winning building in Inverness, we deliver a year-round programme of world-class entertainment, including dance, drama, opera and ballet, plus a full programme of classes, activities and cinema screenings.

Hawco Volkswagen

Hawco Volkswagen, part of the Hawco Group, is one of the premier motor franchises in the north of Scotland. Family owned and managed, Hawco was among the first Volkswagen retailers in the UK and has been selling Volkswagen cars for nearly 60 years. Hawco Volkswagen has branches in Inverness, Elgin, Fort William & Peterhead selling new and used cars as well as offering full servicing and repairs.

Imagine Theatre

Imagine Theatre is the fastest growing pantomime producer in the UK. They have produced over 50 professional pantomimes across the UK and currently produce pantomimes for venues as far afield as Coventry, Crewe, Kilmarnock, Porthcawl, Tewkesbury and Halifax.

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Contact: Laurie Piper
Phone: 01463 732 673