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Police Academy star signs up for Christmas panto

PUBLISHED: 11:33 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010

Steve Guttenberg in Police Academy

Steve Guttenberg in Police Academy

A HOLLYWOOD star who appeared in a string of blockbusters is due to tread the boards in pantomime this Christmas. Actor Steve Guttenburg, 49, best known for his roles in 1980s classics Police Academy, 3 Men and a Baby and Short Circuit, will star in the

A HOLLYWOOD star who appeared in a string of blockbusters is due to tread the boards in pantomime this Christmas.

Actor Steve Guttenburg, 49, best known for his roles in 1980s classics Police Academy, 3 Men and a Baby and Short Circuit, will star in the Churchill Theatre's production of Cinderella this festive season.

Mr Guttenburg, who will play Baron Hard-Up, said: "I am looking forward to the honour and the fun of performing in Bromley.

"There is everything an actor needs to practice his craft with an entertaining show and a talented cast. I appreciate being invited to participate in such a time honoured tradition."

Chief Executive of The Churchill, Derek Nicholls, said: "It is a very exciting time for the theatre. Steve was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s, and it's amazing to think that news of Bromley's renowned panto has made its way to the Hollywood Hills."

Mr Guttenburg played Carey Mahoney in the Police Academy series, Michael in 3 Men and a Baby and Newton in Short Circuit.

His other credits include Cocoon, Casper: a spirited beginning, and Bo! In the USA, the fourth series of Channel 4 comedy Bo' Selecta! which featured celebrity guests including Justin Timberlake and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

Mr Guttneburg was selected as Ambassador for Children's Issues by Hollywood's charity body, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, because of his extensive work on behalf of youngsters.

His co-star will be comedian Helen Lederer who appeared along side Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous, playing the role of Catriona.

Mrs Lederer began her career at London's Comedy Store and has also starred in such British classics as One Foot in the Grave, Bottom, French and Saunders and The Young Ones. Her theatre credits include Full House, The Hairless Diva and The Vagina Monologues and she also contributes regularly to Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. Cinderella runs from December 5 to January 18 at The Churchill, Bromley. Tickets are available by calling the sales hotline on 0870 060 6620 or online at

www.churchill

theatre.co.uk (Booking fee).

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