Thursday, 18 October 2018

Shane Richie plays Buttons at the Swan

COMEDIAN and award-winning soap star Shane Richie leads the cast of Cinderella at this year’s panto at the Wycombe Swan.

COMEDIAN and award-winning soap star Shane Richie leads the cast of Cinderella at this year’s panto at the Wycombe Swan.

Richie is best-known for playing Alfie Moon in EastEnders, for which he received the TV Choice Award for Best Soap Actor 2011 and picked up the award for Best Soap at the 2012 National TV Awards.

Shane’s other TV credits include Fagin in a BBC1 production of Oliver Twist, and ITV dramas What We Did On Our Holidays and The Good Samaritan. In theatre he has starred as Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease.

Michael Harrison, executive producer of Cinderella said: “I’m so pleased that Shane has agreed to join us in High Wycombe this year in the role of Buttons. Shane has an amazing energy on stage and is a fantastic all-round performer, so we know that this year’s pantomime is going to be great fun for all the family.”

* Cinderella runs at the Wycombe Swan from Saturday, Decmeber 7 to Sunday, January 5. Tickets, from £21.50, can be booked online at www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call the box office on 01494 512000.



A TRADITIONAL tale with a modern twist promises to bring some magic to Christmas this year at South Hill Park’s production of Snow White.

The panto will be performed in the intimate setting of the Wilde Theatre, and will include original music, breathtaking illusions and lots of laughs.

Ron McAllister, chief executive of the arts centre and composer of this year’s pantomime, said: “We are delighted to welcome Julian Hirst back to direct his second pantomime here. All the traditional ingredients will be there in Snow White, and with Julian’s expertise in illusion (as anyone who saw his work on Dracula by Blackeyed Theatre will testify). You can expect a few surprises and gasps along the way. I have been putting the final touches to the vocal harmonies for the show, including a few challenges for our experienced cast, and I am hoping audiences will enjoy singing along.”

* Snow White runs from Saturday November 30 to Saturday, January 4. For tickets call 01344 484123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk

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