Basingstoke’s Anvil has a star-studded cast for this year’s Sleeping Beauty. They have the actor who playsPC Plum in Balamorycast as the lovable stooge ‘Silly Billy’, and the wonderfulWendy Craigas ‘The Good Fairy’. So far, so appropriate. But what was going through their minds when they booked Abi Titmuss? This is a woman who has made a career borne from the release of a sex-tape and who, according to the actress’ blog, just until a couple of weeks ago was playing “a lesbian home wrecker who dabbles with the ouija board”. She even has the word “tit” in her name.
The saving grace here is that at least she’s been given as the role of ‘The Bad Fairy’, and I’m sure it’s a casting the Dads will enjoy, so that the Anvil can legitimately claim this panto will be “fun for the whole family”.
Pants into Panto brings you the crudely titled ‘Wench Wednesday’ feature. In an attempt to act like a “proper blog”, every week we’ll aim to bring you the most ridiculous female castings in Panto throughout the land.
The Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks are trying to convince us that they have ‘The Panto Factor’ this year. After rigorous auditions all through the summer the lucky winners are joining Graham Cole aka one of the blokes from The Bill in Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.
Does it feel like we should know who all of these actors are just because they use their full names on the poster and in this quite frankly terrifying YouTube video?
Thanks to Tom who brought this wondrous Panto to my attention.
Hull New Theatre have surely outdone themselves this Panto season. Mr Brookside himself Dean Sullivan aka Jimmy Cornhill will be co-starring alongside the man who gave us ‘Chico Time’, 2005 X Factor finalist Chico Slimani in their production of Aladdin this Christmas.
But what we have here is more than just textbook Pantomime fare - this is evidence of a couple of flailing entertainers prepared to spend a whole month in the city that regularly tops the UK’s crappest city list to bring the Panto spirit in gusto to the masses.
Even the Genie would take his magical 3D hat off to that.
Laying off the crack for a month or two for the crowds in Wycombe is soap legend Phil Mitchell aka Steve McFadden. Hats off to the Wycombe Swan for bringing the spirit of Christmas to the families of Buckinghamshire - minor TV stars in silly costumes and terrorizing young children (potentially).
With all that practice of scaring Ian and sharing a bed with Sharon, ticking crocodiles will be no trouble at all.