Panto picks

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

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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

Shaun Wil­liamson is Cap­tain Hook Rustie Lee is the Fairy God­mother and S tefan Booth is Prince Charm­ing Claire Sweeney is the wicked Cara­bosse

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

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

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