LGBT Panto Snow White to star Bromley actor Simon Gross

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 07 March 2018

Simon Gross has starred in other pantos as well as Big Brother. Picture: Simon Gross

Simon Gross has starred in other pantos as well as Big Brother. Picture: Simon Gross

An LGBT panto starring Bromley actor and Big Brother star Simon Gross will be returning to the London stage for 14 shows around Easter.

Simon Gross performing. Picture: SImon Gross Simon Gross performing. Picture: SImon Gross

An LGBT panto starring Bromley actor and Big Brother star Simon Gross will be returning to the London stage for 14 shows around Easter.

The hilarious, adult-only rendition of classic show Snow White will also be featuring leading London drag artist Vickie Vivacious.

The show, which will be in association with the Terrence Higgings Trust, a charity at the forefront of the fight against HIV, got critical acclaim and rave reviews from its 2017 Christmas run, and is coming back bigger, bolder and ruder.

The show will star Bromley actor Simon Gross. Picture: Simon Gross The show will star Bromley actor Simon Gross. Picture: Simon Gross

Simon Gross, who lives in Beckenham, has starred before in the West End production of ‘Singalongabba’, and other drag style pantomimes.

He said: “Panto is quickly becoming more of an Easter thing rather than just a Christmas time event now.

“It’s something nice for people to come and enjoy over Easter, and of course we are doing a lot more this time in order to raise more funds for charity.”

Simon is becoming a regular face on television, from making a memorable guest appearance in the 2017 X Factor as well as being a Text Santa Special Judge and appearing more recently on The Wright Stuff for Channel 5.

He is probably best remembered though for his time on Big Brother, where he became the first housemate to be evicted - only to be brought back two weeks later due to popular support from the public.

He revealed that pantomime has been a life-long hobby of his: “I have been performing for about 30 years and panto is one of my favourite ways to do that, especially adult panto.

“It gives us a lot more freedom to do what we like so it’s much more relaxed,

“I love spending a lot of time with different groups and it’s always great to see the following that panto produces - I just love doing stage work.”

Simon also revealed that ex-Gogglebox star Sandra Martin will be making a special guest appearance in one of the shows.

“I have been in touch with Sandra for about a year now, she loves getting behind the charity.

“She is so humble and she loved the show last Christmas, and of course she has quite a big following, so she’ll be making a guest appearance.”

The show, which Simon described as “naughty and risky”, will be sticking to the classic premise of the well-known fairytale, but will also have some very different elements.

“In our version, I play the evil queen, who is jealous of Snow White getting so much attention, so she turns everyone into characters you would find on the gay scene.

“It’s panto at its best. I also wanted to keep the traditional story ingredients.”

Simon’s enjoys everything about being involved in the production, but ultimately loves the fact that proceeds will be going towards a charity very close to his heart: “I think the charity aspect for me is really important.

“Being a gay man myself and remembering what it was like in the 80s plays a part - I lost a lot of close friends to HIV, and so this charity in particular means a lot to me.

“We will also be holding a raffle as part of the show, for the charity.”

The show is described as not being for the faint-hearted, and is definitely not suitable for children, but Simon calls it the “perfect evening” for anyone looking to have a bit of fun over Easter.

“It’s something different - people can laugh and enjoy themselves for a while.”

Tickets cost £22 and holders will also enjoy a brilliant soundtrack and get involved with high-energy party classics, such as Get the Party Started, Dancing Queen, You’re the One That I want, Like a Virgin and YMCA.

Performances are scheduled to take place at the Karma Sanctum Hotel, Warwick Street, Soho, from March 30 - April 2, April 5-8 and April 12-15, at 7:30pm.

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