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Louie Spence, star of The Jump, Celebrity Big Brother and Pineapple Dance, will star in panto at the Orchard Theatre

By Angela Cole

High kicks and high jinks are guaranteed in this Christmas's panto at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford as Sky One's Pineapple Dance and The Jump star Louie Spence will be one of the stars.

The camp dance star is the first cast member to be announced for this winter's panto, Cinderella, which opens on Saturday, December 9.

Presenter and choreographer Louie pirouetted into the nation’s consciousness thanks to Sky One’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence's Showbusiness.

Louie Spence will star in this Christmas's pantomime at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Louie Spence will star in this Christmas's pantomime at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

He has also enjoyed an extensive stage career, starring in Miss Saigon and Cats and having danced alongside Take That and the Spice Girls. He has also been a judge on ITV's Dancing on Ice and was a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother 12.

Louie will play the Prince’s loyal manservant, Dandini in what will be his eighth panto. He has also be foray into the genre, bringing with him the high kicks and high jinks.

Executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “We are thrilled that Louie will be starring in this years’ pantomime Cinderella.

"Louie is a true showman, a wonderful dancer and an absolute panto natural and Orchard audiences are in for a treat with a show bursting with laughter, music, dance and plenty of audience participation.”

Orchard Theatre director, Chris Glover added: "We are really excited the Louie will be joining us in Dartford this year. The Orchard's panto has become a hot ticket in the South East and we would strongly encourage customers to book now!" 

Further casting is still to be announced. 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. 

It runs until Sunday, December 31. To book and for more details go to orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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