Dancing on Ice star Matt Lapinskas set for Bromley panto debut
PUBLISHED: 13:25 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 18 November 2013
Ugly sisters, sparkling sets and raucous crowds will all be found at Bromley's Churchill Theatre next week as pantomime season starts.
Starring Dancing on Ice finalist Matt Lapinskas, Cinderella follows last year’s smash hit Peter Pan and runs from November 29 to January 5.
With more than 60 performances during that time, the cast have been hard at work learning lines and trying on extravagant costumes to stage a show that is a festive staple for many families.
Ex-Eastenders star Matt stars as Prince Charming, alongside Daybreak’s Anna Williamson - who will star Cinderella herself.
He said: “I’m always looking for challenges, and I went to see pantomimes as a kid. It’s my first one so all I know is there are crazy sets, crazy costumes and crazy audiences.”
“Panto gives you a chance to work with all kinds of people, from children’s presenters to soap stars and even the odd sportsman.
“I’m excited about getting on stage at The Churchill and for my girlfriend and family to come and see it.”
Matt joined Eastenders in 2011 and Anthony Moon, playing the son of Eddie Moon (played by David Essex). He landed the job just three months after leaving drama school, and jumped from Albert Square straight on to the ice.
He made it all the way to the final of ITV’s ice skating talent show, but was pipped at the post by former X Factor winner Shanye Ward.
An opportunity to get back on the stage is one her relishes, and says he missed it while learning to skate.
He said: “Being on the ice was a whole different kind of feeling because are being watched by millions of people, it’s nerve wrecking.
“Being on a stage is a whole different ball game, and as long as the crowds are having a good time then I am too.”
Cinderella runs from Friday, November 29, with a relaxed, autism friendly show on December 4 at 1.30pm.
Tickets range from £16.90 to £34.90, visit atgtickets.com/bromley.