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The good, the bad and the ugly

06 November 2012

Panto season has arrived, so here is the run down of who to boo and who to cheer this year.

Janine Duvitski in the role of the Wicked Queen at Tunbridge Wells' Assembly Hall Theatre

ASSEMBLY HALL THEATRE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

In her first pantomime since the 1970s, Janine Duvitski swaps Benidorm for the witch’s lair, starring as the Wicked Queen. The former One Foot in the Grave actress is joined by Chris Pizzey as Muddles, who is best known as Mr Stephen from the Basil Brush Show. Playing Nursie is Nick Wilton, market inspector Mr Lister from EastEnders. Jenny Jones from children’s show Hi-5 on CITV plays Snow White.

When: Friday, December 14, to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: Adults from £17.50, children from £15.

Box office: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call 01892 530613

Cheryl Fergison as the Fairy Godmother at Chatham's Central TheatreCENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM

CINDERELLA

The nation wept when Heather Trott met an untimely end in EastEnders but actress Cheryl Fergison will bring back the smiles as the Fairy Godmother. Also starring is Britain’s Got Talent impressionist Paul Burling as Buttons.

When: Thursday, December 13, to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: Adults from £15, discounts for under 16s and seniors.

Box office: www.medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338338

Jennifer Ellison as Peter Pan at Bromley's Churchill TheatreCHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY

PETER PAN

From lads mag pin-up to Loose Women panellist, Jennifer Ellison’s varied career sees her become the boy who never grew up this Christmas. Joining her is Ace Bhatti – EastEnders’ evil Dr Yusef Khan as Captain Hook and Balamory’s PC Plum Andrew Agnew as Smee. CBBC presenter Gemma Hunt takes the roll of Tinker Bell.

When: Friday, November 30 to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: £14 to £31.

Contact: www.atgtickets.com or call 0844 871 7627

DICKENS WORLD, CHATHAM

DICK WHITTINGTON

Written by former Milky Bar Kid Robbie Humphries, this tale of rags to riches sees Kent’s former EastEnders and Birds of a Feather actor Max Couch stepping into his high heels and bloomers for the role of Dame Sarah, the Cook. It is performed by the cast of Lucinda Ryan Productions, who have put on the pantomime at the attraction’s Brittania Theatre for a number of years.

When: Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 29.

Admission: Adults £13, concessions £11, children £8.

Contact: www.dickensworld.co.uk or 01634 890421

GRANVILLE THEATRE, RAMSGATE

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

The local cast is headed by Thanet’s own Mandy Winters, who swaps her country music guitar for a glittering wand as Fairy Goodbody. Kent actress Jane Danes takes on the role of the wicked Queen Evilina and Ramsgate favourite Frank Tucker returns as the lovable Dame, Nurse Dimplebottom.

When: Friday, December 14, to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: Adults from £11, children and concessions from £10.

Box office: www.granvilletheatre.com or call 01843 591750

Chloe Madeley as Cinderella at Maidstone's Hazlitt Arts CentreHAZLITT THEATRE, MAIDSTONE

CINDERELLA

Dancing on Ice finalist Chloe Madeley aims to impress parents Richard and Judy as Cinderella. Appearing as Dandini is Danny Young, who was Warren Baldwin in Coronation Street and was also on Dancing on Ice. Chris Edgerley from CITV’s Hi-5 is Buttons.

When: Saturday, December 8, to Sunday, January 13.

Admission: Adults from £14.50, children and seniors from £13.50.

Box office: www.maidstonepanto.co.uk or call 01622 758611

LEAS CLIFF HALL, FOLKESTONE

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

This Folkestone Community Theatre Project panto is full of songs, dance and tradition.

When: Wednesday, January 2, to Saturday, January 12.

Admission: £13.

Box office: www.leascliffhall.co.uk or 0844 871 7627

Gareth Gates as the Prince at the Marlowe Theatre, CanterburyMARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY

SLEEPING BEAUTY

One of the original reality show stars, Gareth Gates’ road to becoming runner-up on Pop Idol is still remembered fondly and he takes to the stage as the Prince. The Unchained Melody singer is joined by another singing hero, Toyah Willcox, who returns to the Marlowe for her seventh time, as the Wicked Fairy. The high priestess of punk does battle with Katrina Bryan as the Good Fairy, known to children as the star of CBeebies’ Nina And The Neurons. Direct from playing the lead role in Legally Blonde alongside panto star Gareth Gates, West End actress Faye Brookes plays Sleeping Beauty. Funnyman Ben Roddy is the Dame and Kent-born comedian Lloyd Hollett is the storyteller.

When: Friday, November 30, to Sunday January 20.

Admission: From £11 to £30.50.

Box office: www.marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787

Steve McFadden as Abanazar, left, with Matt Slack as Wishee Washee at Dartford's Orchard TheatreORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

ALADDIN

A leopard never changes his spots and EastEnders hardman Steve McFadden will be putting plenty of his Phil Mitchell charm into his panto role as Abaneezer the Geezer. His take on the wicked Abanazar has been dreamed up with the help of his friend and co-star Matt Slack, who plays Wishee Washee. Look out for the giant mechanical genie.

When: Saturday, December 8, to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: From £19.50 to £27.50.

Box office: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000

 

STAG THEATRE, SEVENOAKS

ALADDIN

A boy band bad boy turned born again Christian, heavily tattooed pop star Shane Lynch takes the role of villain Abanazar. The Boyzone star is joined by ex-Emmerdale and Where the Heart Is actor Tony Haygarth and Andrew Stone from Pineapple Dance Studios, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year.

When: Saturday, December 8, to Sunday, January 6.

Admission: Adults £17, concessions £15, families £46 (selected performances only), schools performances £11.50.

Contact: www.sevenoakspanto.com or call 01732 450175

THEATRE ROYAL, MARGATE

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

A traditional pantomime from Reach Productions with a cast of Kent actors. Expect plenty of music, colourful scenery and fun.

When: Thursday, December 13, to Sunday, December 30.

Admission: Adults £15, concessions £13.

Box office: www.theatreroyalmargate.com or call 0845 1301786

THE WOODVILLE, GRAVESEND

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

The cast includes Mike James as Simple Simon after his star turn as Josh the Jester in last year’s Sleeping Beauty. Kraig Thornber will again be putting on a dress to play Dame Trot. Maya Grant is Princess Tamara and Richard Morse as the Giant’s henchman Fleshcreep.

When: Friday, December 14 to Monday, December 31.

Admission: Tickets from £5.

Contact: www.woodville.co.uk or call 01474 337774

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