Five Panto Minutes With Adam C Booth

Adam C Booth is an actor, comedian and stage star who will be returning to the Wolverhampton Grand this Winter for the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk. Adam first came to the Grand last year, and was a huge hit as Wishy Washy in Aladdin, delighting audiences with his super funny turn.

I had a chat with Adam ahead of this years panto, and got to ask him all about starring with Keith Lemon in two TV series, and found out that the Wolverhampton Grand buffet is a great selling point when it comes to choosing which panto to star in.

Fashion-Mommy: Adam, you were a massive hit in last year’s panto, are you looking forward to returning this year?

Adam: I can’t wait! The audiences were great last year. Panto works so well in some theatres and the Wolverhampton Grand is one of them. It will be lovely to be recognised this year, and it is so great to be with Ian Adams (who once again plays the Dame) again.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk Panto photo-call
Picture by Adam Fradgley

FM: Tell me about your character this year?

ACB: My character is Simple Simon, Jack’s brother. Jack is played by Gareth Gates and I worked with Gareth two years ago so it will be great to be together and do some new sketches. I know the audience will love them.

FM: You have played the Prince before, but is a character like Buttons or Wishy Washy more interesting?

ACB: I prefer to play the sidekick, it is so much more fun. The prince is often very much the straight man, whereas the sidekick can often do anything that comes into your head. You also often have the audience on your side as you can use a bit of pathos, rather than just getting the girl.

FM: You work a lot with Keith Lemon, notably as his brother Greg, how did that come around?

ACB: Well, I auditioned about 4 or 5 years ago for Lemon La Vida Loca which introduced his brother Greg. Since then I’ve been involved in the Keith and Paddy Movie Show, and now get recognised for playing Dec in the Cave (From Ant and Dec) including in the Costa Coffee around the corner. I am going to be in the new series ‘Coming in America’ which we will be filming in LA,but I can’t say anything else about that at the moment. Filming with Keith is just so much fun, really hilarious.

FM: You have also done straight theatre, including Billy Flynn in Chicago, do you prefer serious theatre or comedy?

ACB: Yes I have done more serious musical theatre, I do find it can be very set. Things like Mamma Mia which have a comedy element can give you lots of confidence to do more improvisation stuff. So I think I probably prefer comedy on balance.

FM: Who is your fave panto character?

ACB:I think my favourite panto character is Buttons. I do love Cinderella. But Jack and the Beanstalk is a great panto. Lisa Riley is just brilliant and the scene when the beanstalk starts to rise is amazing. I think I have worked in most of the big panto’s now, and Jack is definitely up there with my favourites.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk Panto photo-call
Picture by Adam Fradgley

FM: Finally, what are your plans for 2018?

ACB: Well, there is the new Keith Lemon series, Keith Lemon CIA which I can only say watch this space. Hopefully I’ll be back here next year, it really only seems like two minutes since I was last here, and the Grand does have such a great buffet…

Sat 9 Dec – Sun 14 Jan


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