The stars are coming out for panto season, so we round up all the pantos near you – who to boo at, and who to cheer for. By Angela Cole
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Peter Pan Friday, November 24 to Sunday, January 14, 2018 Headed by Kent’s own Shaun Williamson as Captain Hook, the show comes from the hugely successful team behind the theatre’s pantomimes for some years. Coronation Street star Wendi Peters joins him as Mrs Darling, with Gemma Hunt, from Cbeebies show Swashbuckle, playing Tiger Lily. Popular panto dame Ben Roddy once again plays the Dame, this year Mrs Smee, while fellow regular Lloyd Hollett plays Starkey.
For tickets call 01227 787787, or go to marlowetheatre.com.
The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Snow white and the Seven dwarfs Friday, December 1 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 Popular CBBC presenter Ed Petrie will appear with star of 70s TV show Tiswas, Bob Carolgees, and his sidekick Spit the Dog, in panto in Sevenoaks. They will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Danny Beard and West End star Keith Jack in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Stag panto regular Jasette Amos returns for her fifth year as the Wicked Queen. For tickets from £14, call 01732 450175 or visit sevenoakspanto. com.
hazlitt Theatre, MAIDSTONE
Cinderella Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 31
Sprinkle some Cinderella magic on your countdown to Christmas with the theatre’s show featuring the star of The Real Marigold Hotel Rustie Lee as the Fairy Godmother, alongside Ugly Sisters Adam Borzone and Stephen Richards. Stefan Boothis Prince Charming with Elizabeth Bright as Cinderella in the most magical pantomime of them all. For tickets from £20 call 01622 758611 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Snow white and the Seven dwarves Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, December 31
Former Eastender Jessie Wallace, who played Kat Slater in the show, gets her baddie on to play the Wicked Queen in the theatre’s panto this Christmas. She joins panto dame Jason Sutton and “Muddles” Pete Firman. Throw in a magical mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.
For tickets from £18, visit churchilltheatre.co.uk or call 020 3285 6000.
Central Theatre, Chatham
Sleeping Beauty Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 31
Former Brookside actor and Tvstar Claire Sweeney will play the wicked Carabosse in this year’s Christmas production. Former Hollyoaks actor Joe Tracini will return to Medway as Chester and veteran pantomime dame Ian Good will play Joe’s on-stage mum, Dame Nellie Night Nurse.
For tickets starting at £15 call 01634 338388 or visit medwayticketslive. co.uk or jordanproductionsltd.co.uk
assembly hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
aladdin Friday, December 8 to Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Former Eastenders heart throb Michael Greco, who played bad- boy Beppe di
Marco, leads the cast as Abanazar in the classic rags to riches tale. From Britain’s Got Talent, Jess Robinson – the woman of a 1,000 voices – will play the Slave of the Ring while Aladdin will be played by CBBC presenter and Celebrity Wipeout star Mark Rhodes. Tom Whalley plays PC Pong with Chris Pizzey, known for his appearances on the Basil Brush Show, playing Wishee Washee and Quinn Patrick as Widow Twankey. The show is produced by UK Productions in association with the theatre and directed by John-jackson Almond. Tickets from £10. Call 01892 530613 or visit assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
Orchard Theatre, dartford
Cinderella Saturday, December 9 to Sunday, December 31
Larger than life TV personality Louie Spence and former Eastender and Coronation Street star Michelle Collins team up for panto in Dartford. Louie first pirouetted into the nation’s hearts with Sky One’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence’s Showbusiness. Michelle played Cindy Beale for more than 10 years in Eastenders and was also Stella Rice, landlady of Coronation Street’s Rovers Return. Also appearing will be Jayne Wisener as Cinderella and Luke Kelly as Prince Charming. Cinderella will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the company responsible for the theatre’s recordbreaking productions Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Dick Whittington.
Tickets from £18. To book go to orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.
The Woodville, Gravesend
Sleeping Beauty Saturday, December 9 to New Year’s Day
The show will star actress and television presenter Linda Lusardi as the Wicked Queen alongside 90s trio Cleopatra (Comin’ Atcha!) as the three Good Fairies. Local faces include Gravesend favourite Ant Payne as Silly Billy and Kent actor and director Rob Forknall – director of the Changeling Theatre – as the Nanny.
For tickets from £14 visit gravesendpanto. com
Theatre royal Margate
the Wizard of oz Saturday, December 9 to Sunday, December 31
Wicked Productions return to the Theatre Royal for their third spectacular year with a pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz. Join Kansas girl Dorothy as she’s blown away to the land of Oz and meets Scarecrow, Tin Man and a cowardly Lion on the way to Emerald City. Will their wishes be granted by the all-powerful Oz, or will they be thwarted by the Wicked Witch of the West? ‘Jezo’ returns for his third year to play the Scarecrow, with Margate pantomime favourite Georgia Rowland-elliott, as Dorothy.
For tickets call
01843 292795 or visit Theatreroyalmargate.com
leas cliff hall, folkestone
Cinderella Wednesday, December 13 to Saturday, December 30
Everyone’s favourite fairytale, Cinderella, comes from the creative team behind last year’s smash hit Jack and the Beanstalk. The show features special effects, stunning costumes and sets and promises to be the perfect mix of song and dance and fun for the whole family.
For tickets from £14.15 call 0844 871 3015 or visit atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliffhall/
Maidstone PANTO at Maidstone studios
peter pan Friday, December 15 to Saturday, January 6, 2018
Vexx Pantomimes Ltd will stage Peter Pan, with a cast of famous faces from TV, at the New Cut Road Studios – where TV shows such as Later with Jools Holland and Take Me Out are filmed – for the first time. The star-studded cast includes Hollyoaks star James Sutton, who left the Channel 4 soap earlier this year after 10 years, with Peter Pan being played by Lloyd Daniels, a finalist in ITV’S X Factor in 2010, who has since headlined Bill Kenwright’s UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TOWIE star and former Miss England finalist Pascal Craymer will star as Tiger Lily while X Factor finalist Amelia Lily will be Tinkerbell. Also starring will be Dave Short as Dame Mrs Starkey and local actor Jazmin Patey-ford as Wendy.
For tickets visit maidstonepanto.com or tickets@ maidstonepanto.com, or call 0800 999 7755.
swallows leisure centre, sittingbourne
Beauty and the Beast Friday, December 15 to Wednesday, December 27
Celebrity Big Brother winner and former cage fighter Alex Reid – who was also once married to glamour model Katie Price – will lead the cast of this year’s Sittingbourne pantomime. Alex will play the evil Gaston in Beauty and the Beast in what will be his third panto performance. He will be joined by Sheerness’s own Robert Brendan, who played the Prince last year in Snow White. Panto favourite Harry Moore will play Dame Dumpling.
For tickets visit sittingbournepanto.co.uk
em forster Theatre, Tonbridge school, Tonbridge
aladdin Saturday, December 16 to Saturday, December 30
Wicked Productions return this Christmas with Aladdin, starring Tom Swift as Wishee Washee, local TV and comedy legend Michael Fenton Stevens as Widow Twankey and local favourite Amanda Swift as Genie. Enjoy a magical carpet ride to the Far East with laugh-outloud jokes, special effects and an astonishing flying carpet. For tickets call 01732 304241 or visit emftheatre.com
Picture: Ray Burmiston/ BBC Pictures Jessie Wallace is the Wicked Queen Michael Greco is Abanazar Mark Rhodes is Aladdin Bob Carolgees is the Henchman with Spit the Dog Joe Tracini is Chester the Jester
Shaun Williamson is Captain Hook Rustie Lee is the Fairy Godmother and S tefan Booth is Prince Charming Claire Sweeney is the wicked Carabosse
Louie Spence is Dandini Georgia RowlandElliott is Dorothy and ‘Jezo’ is the Scarecrow Cleopatra are the Three Fairies Alex Reid is Gaston
Picture: ITV Michelle Collins is The Wicked S tepmother Linda Lusardi is the Wicked Fairy
Amelia Lily is Tinkerbell