E OF SMART­PHONES? OH NO IT HASN’T, SAYS TV’S BERNIE

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mous os­trich to Hull’s New eatre in a pro­duc­tion of derella. oing two shows a day means he ’t take any chances with his lth. e said: “The sched­ule is re­lent. My med­i­cal cabi­net is full of ry aid known to man. That way n stay healthy and avoid colds sneezes and ev­ery­thing else. Panto re­ally is a test for some­like my­self who is ap­proach­mid­dle age…from the wrong ec­tion. f flu or laryn­gi­tis pops up then cast members start to drop by one.” an­tos are play­ing across the coun­try again this year with a host of big-names ap­pear­ing.

And Bernie says it’s tra­di­tion that’s worth keep­ing.

He said: “Panto is an oa­sis in the desert. When you see fam­i­lies in restau­rants each of them has an in­di­vid­ual screen to look at. But at panto they put those de­vices away and watch the show. “It’s live. With the demise of sum­mer a seasons and va­ri­ety tours, panto is the one thing that brings the whole fam­ily to­gether.

“And with panto any­thing can hap­pen. One time I was meant to bring a don­key on stage but it had got stuck in traf­fic so I was given a poo­dle! That sort of thing hap­pens a lot.”

It’s been decades since Bernie found fame on TV’s Crack­er­jack. But his wacky act is still win­ning fans.

He added: “Kids re­ally enjoy my act be­cause they have never seen any­thing like it be­fore. They re­act very favourably.” YOU can still buy tick­ets to see Bernie do­ing his thing on stage this Christ­mas. He’s play­ing Baron Hardup – the Wicked Step­mother’s hus­band – in Cin­derella at the New The­atre. The cast also boasts two EastEn­ders stars in Anita Dob­son and Neil Mc­Der­mott. It runs until De­cem­ber 30. For tick­ets and more de­tails visit hullthe­atres.co.uk COR­RIE stars Les Den­nis and Conor McIn­tyre are re­unit­ing on stage in Cin­derella. They’re play­ing The Ugly Sis­ters at the Opera House. Singer Gareth Gates joins them as Prince Charm­ing until De­cem­ber 30. For de­tails visit at­gtick­ets.com /manch­ester DAR­REN Day is star­ring as Cap­tain Hook in Peter Pan. He’s joined by Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent dance troupe Flaw­less at Royal & Dern­gate until De­cem­ber 30. For de­tails visit roy­a­land­dern­gate.co.uk FOR­MER EastEn­ders stars John Par­tridge and Saman­tha Wo­mack are re­unit­ing on stage. They’re star­ring to­gether in Dick Whit­ting­ton at the The­atre Royal. The show opens on Fri­day. For de­tails visit the­atreroyal.com DANC­ING On Ice judge Ash­ley Banjo is bring­ing his Di­ver­sity lads to the Cliffs Pavil­ion. They are star­ring in Aladdin with dame David Phipps-Davis and comic Ian Royce. It opens on Fri­day. Tick­ets at southendthe­atres.org.uk ADAM Woody­att is tak­ing a break from play­ing hap­less Ian Beale to star as Abanazar in Aladdin. He’s at the Wyvern The­atre until Jan­uary 6. For de­tails and book­ings visit swin­donthe­atres.co.uk STRICTLY star Lee Ryan is back on stage this Christ­mas in Aladdin. He’s along­side TV’s Paul Mer­ton at New Wim­ble­don The­atre until Jan­uary 6. Visit at­gtick­ets.com/shows/aladdin/ new-wim­ble­don-the­atre

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