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Strictly Come Dancing star joins Kent's biggest panto at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury


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A Strictly Come Dancing star is set to join the cast of Kent's biggest pantomime, it has been revealed.

Bosses from the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury have announced that Joanne Clifton will play the role of Fairy Sugarsnap in an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk over the festive season.

Former Strictly star Joanne Clifton will take to the stage for this year's pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Picture: The Marlowe Theatre (51772598)
Former Strictly star Joanne Clifton will take to the stage for this year's pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Picture: The Marlowe Theatre (51772598)

The 37-year-old joined Strictly as a professional dancer in 2014, performing with McFly's Harry Judd and winning the competition with Ore Oduba during her two-year stint on the BBC show.

Since then, she had starring roles in the Rocky Horror Show and Flashdance during their UK tours.

"I jumped for joy when I got the role of Fairy in Jack And The Beanstalk," Ms Clifton said.

"Panto is magical. It’s for the whole family, everyone gets involved.

"I cannot think of a better way to spend my Christmas.”

The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Picture: Chris Davey
The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Picture: Chris Davey

The dancer will be joining Blue band member Duncan James, who will play Jack, in the production.

The pantomime will open at the Marlowe on November 26, and continue to run at the city venue until January 9.

For tickets, visit marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787.

Duncan James found fame in Blue. Picture: The Marlowe Theatre
Duncan James found fame in Blue. Picture: The Marlowe Theatre

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