Twink will make her first panto appearance in over 12 years in Limerick’s University Concert Hall this Christmas.
The panto queen said the only reason she agreed to make her comeback and appear in Cinderella - the first fully professional panto to take place in the Mid West region - was because the UCH was her “favourite venue in the country”.
She added that Limerick audiences were “unquestionably the best anywhere in the country”.
Twink - Adele King - will star alongside Dustin the Turkey, Fair City’s George McMahon, Voice star Richie Hayes and local trio Richard Lynch, Myles Breen and the glamorous Leanne Moore in the major production, which opens on December 21.
Emma Foote, marketing manager in the UCH, said that “the fact that Twink has chosen Limerick to make that comeback is very special”.
Of the decision to stage the panto in association with producer Robert C Kelly, Ms Foote said it was “very special” as Cinderella would mark the venue’s 20th anniversary.
“Community and family are very important, as well as getting the biggest names in international entertainment. It is special for us as the panto will mark the UCH’s 20th year in January,” she said.
“We have some top stars in Twink, Dustin, George and Richie, as well as the cream of local talent in Myles, Richard and Leanne. We really think this is the best panto the country has to offer.”
The first four shows are already sold out, with schools from the city and county, as well as Clonmel and Charleville snapping up tickets.
“People see the UCH as a viable alternative to the traditional ‘big’ pantos in Dublin,” she added.
Cathaoirleach Jerome Scanlan and Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin were in attendance at the launch, as were David Wallace and Pat Shortt, all self-confessed fans of the genre.
Limerick lass Leanne, who will turn on the city’s Christmas lights on Friday at 6pm, said securing the starring role in the panto was “absolutely brilliant”.
“To be at home for Christmas and on home turf is great, but also I think it is just absolutely sensational to get something like this into Limerick city because Cork and Dublin have their professional pantos, so why not Limerick?”
See www.uch.ie for bookings.