Hello boys and girls, it’s that time of year again (oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is…) All over the country familiar faces are transforming into plucky dreamers, pantomime dames and fairy godmothers. Whether they are trying to stage a career comeback or just love throwing sweets at children; television personalities, pop stars and actors are arriving in their hoards to entertain Britain’s panto-goers.
Strictly’s very own pantomime villain Craig Revel-Horwood is teaming up with ex-contestant Ann Widdecombe for what promises to be a hilarious panto. Craig – in what we must say is magnificent drag – plays the Wicked Queen while Widdecombe plays Widdy in Waiting. No news on whether she’ll be flying on to the stage, but it’s probably worth going just to find out.
Don’t be late for the (glitter) ball! Potential Strictly finalist Dani Harmer is teaming up with ex-EastEnders cheeky chappy and I’m a Celeb winner Joe Swash for North Yorkshire’s take on the rags to riches story.
The lovely Lisa Riley is also getting in the panto spirit, but she’s swapping her bubbly personality for a more sinister one as she takes on the role of the Wicked Queen. She’s also starring alongside Marcus Patric… The name not ringing any bells? Remember hunky Hollyoaks fireman Ben Davies?
If you’re still suffering from Bake Off withdrawals (and we are counting ourselves here…), this is the pantomime for you. This Cinderella stars Mel Giedroyc as the wicked stepmother. There are bound to be some GBBO-style puns but definitely of the pre-watershed kind.
30 Nov to 6 Jan at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley
Churchill Theatre’s Peter Pan is almost as star studded as these gigs come. Remember evil Dr Yusef Khan from EastEnders? It seems he is suffering from being typecast as he’s playing the villainous Captain Hook. Brookside star Jennifer Ellison is also making an appearence – plus children’s TV fans (and their little ones) will be incredibly exicted to spot Balamory’s very own PC Plum (“If you call on me, we can make a cup of tea..”) as Smee too.
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