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Ten very important celebrity panto appearances

Posted at 2:15 pm, December 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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1. Jerry Hall

Starring as: The Wicked Queen in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Richmond Theatre.

Most famous for: Being a supermodel babe for 50 years and marrying Mick Jagger.

What to expect: As anyone who watched Jerry’s 2005 TV search for a kept man will know: she’s going to be sasstastic.

Should I be excited? Of course. 

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2. Richard Blackwood

Starring as: Muddles in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Broadway Theatre.

Most famous for: ‘1, 2, 3, 4 Get With The Wicked’.

What to expect: The comedian played Donkey in the West End production of ‘Shrek’ so definitely has the required theatre skills. He’s gonna be loveable and pretty damn funny.

Should I be excited? Yes.

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3. Aled Jones

Starring as: Bob Wallace in Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ at the Dominion Theatre. (Yes, it’s technically a musical, but it’s a Christmas musical.)

Famous for: Choir-boy vocals in movie ‘The Snowman’.

What to expect: A crowd full of ‘Songs of Praise’ fans with a soft spot for the floppy-haired blond.

Should I be excited? Probably not.

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4. Linda Robson

Starring as: The Wicked Queen in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Beck Theatre.

Famous for: ‘Birds of a Feather’.

What to expect: Plenty of ‘Loose Women’ real talk; she’s got a pretty sharp tongue.

Should I be excited? Yes and no. Maybe see her in something serious instead.

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5. Linda Gray

Starring as: The Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’ at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Famous for: playing Sue Ellen Ewing in ‘Dallas’.

What to expect: It’s Sue’s first ever panto appearance so it could go either way really. And ‘Dallas’ was a long, long time ago…

Should I be excited? No. Unless she was your number one ’80s crush.

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6. Matthew Kelly

Starring as: An Ugly Sister in ‘Cinderella’ at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Famous for: Presenting ‘Stars in Their Eyes’.

What to expect: Classic panto banter and an appearance from his son Matthew Rixon as the other Ugly Sister.

Should I be excited? Yes. He got two thumbs up for his appearance in ‘Aladdin’ last year.

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7. Gareth Gates

Starring as: Prince Charming in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Fairfield Halls.

Famous for: Coming second in ‘Pop Idol’ and sleeping with Jordan.

What to expect: Extremely white teeth.

Should I be excited? OF COURSE.

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8. Sonia

Starring as: The Good Fairy in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Churchill Theatre.

Famous for: Coming second in Eurovision 1993. We’re noticing a trend here. 

What to expect: ’80s music video camp.

Should I be excited? Nah. It’s her SIXTEENTH pantomime, so you’ve probably seen her before. 

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9. Wayne Sleep

Starring as: Prince Dandini in ‘Cinderella’ at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Famous for: Being a ballet A-lister.

What to expect: Wayne’s a bit of a panto veteran so he’ll be a solid choice. Plus, he’s going to be appearing on stage with real live Shetland ponies.

Should I be excited? YES.

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10. Tim Vine

Starring as: Buttons in ‘Cinderella’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Famous for: ‘Not Going Out’.

What to expect: Quick-fire one liners and a whole heap of puns.

Should I be excited? Probs.

Other notable, but less important* celebrities

CITV presenter Jamie Rickers, Marc Baylis from ‘Coronation Street’, singer Bobby Crush and Zoe Birkett from ‘Pop Idol’.

Read more about this year’s pantos here

* Based on my personal preference and literally no statistical merit. Kate Lloyd

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