It might be only March but in theatreland that’s no excuse for not planning ahead for this year’s panto.
After the very successful Dick Whittington last year, the Grove Theatre in Dunstable will be producing Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood this December, with Neighbours star Alan Fletcher in the starring role.
Famous for his good guy character Dr Karl Kennedy, Alan is taking on the role of iconic English bad guy the Sheriff of Nottingham.
“Panto baddies have been my staple for many years,” he told Curtain Call. “I have played Captain Hook twice, Abanazar twice, Fleshcreep and, last year in Sevenoaks, The Sheriff of Nottingham. I am particularly looking forward to reprising the role of the Sheriff in Dunstable.
“I had such a great time performing for Magic Beans Pantomimes last year that I am relishing the prospect of doing it again. I was lucky enough to see their amazing production of Dick Whittington last year starring my mate Ryan Moloney and I fell in love with the Grove Theatre as well. Wonderful modern venue with the feel of a traditional theatre.
“I love a traditional cold northern Christmas with all the traditional symbolism of the holiday period. No doubt I will be catching up with mates somewhere in England and hoeing into the mulled wine!”
Alan has been in the Australian soap for 20 years this year and for Kennedy fans he says there are some great storylines coming up for the family.
The massive Liverpool Football Club fans fears however that panto commitments mean he will not be able to see his team play.
“The irony is it is easier for me to watch games live in Australia, albeit at 3:30 am,” he said
90s pop star Lolly, aka Anna Kumble, X Factor finalist Andy Abrahams and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett will also be starring.