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Panto Season in Kent

Written by Carol Attwell on

Your children love them and get so excited participating with shouts of "Oh no you don't" or "He's behind you".  I can picture my childhood now, having hours of fun shouting and screaming with my sister then both of us going home with a sore throat and croaky voice.  We have some fantastic pantomimes going on all around Kent this year with plenty of celebrities taking part in them.  So why not have a look at the list below and come for a visit to this wonderful county and also have some fun at the theatre.

ASSEMBLY HALL THEATRE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Jack and the Beanstalk 
Friday, December 13, to Sunday, January 5
A giant of a panto with Philip Martin Brown from Paddock Wood, who is better known as Grantly Budgen from Waterloo Road, playing Fleshcreep and Luke Roberts from CITV’s HI-5 as Jack. Sarah-Jane Buckley – Kathy Barnes from Hollyoaks – co-stars as the Fairy of the Forest,

CENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
Thursday, December 12, to Sunday, January 5
Topping the bill as the prince is Sam Attwater, who played Leon Small in EastEnders. He will be starring alongside ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, a finalist in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, who will appear as Herman the Henchman, while Tarryn Gee, a 24-year-old from Rainham, will be playing the title role.

GRANVILLE THEATRE, RAMSGATE

Dick Whittington 
Friday, December 13, to Sunday, January 5
The magical tale based on the rags to riches story of Richard Whittington who became Lord Mayor of London. Colourful costumes, fab music, audience participation and of course, Dick’s magical cat!

HAZLITT THEATRE, MAIDSTONE

Dick Whittington 
Friday, December 6, to Sunday, January 5
Even if the mums and dads don’t recognise Cerrie Burnell – their children will. The CBeebies presenter heads a cast that includes Keith Jack (of Any Dream Will Do fame) and Jimmy Burton Iles as Sarah the Cook. Get set for fun, songs and plenty of slapstick.

LEAS CLIFF HALL, FOLKESTONE

Cinderella 
Thursday, January 2, to Sunday, January 12
No big names but a show full of songs, dance routines and a lot of audience participation. Look out for favourite characters including Buttons, the Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters and of course, Cinderella.

MARGATE WINTER GARDENS

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
Wednesday, December 4, to Sunday, December 8
Following the success of Aladdin last year, Margate Operatic Society return with a multi-talented cast combined with an original script from the writing talent of Stuart Clements and Harcus Copper.

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY

Jack and the Beanstalk 
Friday, November 29, to Sunday January 12
Naughty but nice – that’s how EastEnders star Samatha Womack describes her character the Good Fairy who will be taking centre stage in a run of 90 shows at the Marlowe. Samatha, who plays Ronnie Mitchell in the BBC soap, will be appearing alongside Phil Gallagher – known to millions of children as Mister Maker in CBeebies – as Jack’s brother Silly Billy. Gemma Sutton stars as the princess.

RCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

Cinderella 
Saturday, December 14, to Saturday, January 4
Have a ball with TV favourite Bradley Walsh in this year’s Orchard panto. Bradley, best known for his gameshow The Chase and crime drama Law & Order: UK, will be leading a cast that includes Barry Hester (Widow Twanky) and Louise English (Fairy Godmother). Expect dazzling sets, amazing costumes and some stunning special effects.

STAG THEATRE, SEVENOAKS

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood 
Saturday, December 7, to Sunday, January 5
You may not recognise the name Alan Fletcher but you’re bound to know Doctor Karl Kennedy, the role he has played in Aussie soap Neighbours since 1994. Now a panto veteran in the UK, Alan will be appearing alongside Andy Abraham from the X Factor and 1990s pop star Lolly, aka Anna Kumble.

SWALLOWS LEISURE CENTRE, SITTINGBOURNE

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Thursday, December 19, to Christmas Eve
Former EastEnders’ actress Melissa Suffield takes the lead role at Wyvern Hall in the leisure centre. The 20-year-old called the shots in Albert Square as Lucy Beale for almost six years until she left the soap in 2010. Since leaving the show Melissa has presented BBC2’s Your Body: Your Image, appeared in Casualty and in several pantos.

THEATRE ROYAL, MARGATE

Cinderella 
Saturday, December 14, to Sunday, December 29
The nation’s favourite panto with Scott Wright from Coronation Street as Prince Charming and Lynette McMorrough from Crossroads as Fairy Superior. Don’t miss the real ponies.

WOODVILLE, GRAVESEND

Beauty and the Beast 
Saturday, December 14, to Sunday, January 4
A handsome prince is cursed to spend his life as a hideous beast. Join the cast to discover if Beauty and her friends, the ‘glamorous’ Dame Dorothy Do-It B.U.M (Buster of Unsightly Mess) and her wilfully witless son, Willy Do-It, can outwit the arrogant bully Eugene and his odious sidekick and lift the curse.

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY

Jack and the Beanstalk 
Friday, November 29, to Sunday January 12
Naughty but nice – that’s how EastEnders star Samatha Womack describes her character the Good Fairy who will be taking centre stage in a run of 90 shows at the Marlowe. Samatha, who plays Ronnie Mitchell in the BBC soap, will be appearing alongside Phil Gallagher – known to millions of children as Mister Maker in CBeebies – as Jack’s brother Silly Billy. Gemma Sutton stars as the princess.

Carol Attwell

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