Former Eastenders and Dancing on Ice star Matt Lapinskas leads line-up for Bromley panto
PUBLISHED: 14:25 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 23 September 2013
Bromley got its first glimpse of its panto stars this morning, as the cast of Cinderella gathered in the town centre.
Ex-Eastenders star Matt Lapinskas stars as Prince Charming, continuing the Albert Square theme at The Churchill Theatre - with Ace Bhatti (Dr Khan) enjoying his stint as Captain Hook in last year’s Peter Pan.
Joining Matt, who was runner-up in this year’s Dancing on Ice, is Daybreak’s Anna Williamson - who will star Cinderella herself. And back by popular demand is Balamory star, Andrew Agnew, who returns as Buttons following a successful spell as Smee last Christmas.
With spectactular sets, ugly sisters and a raucous crowd, leading man Matt says he is fully prepared for his “crazy” first panto role.
He said: “It’s one of those things that everyone would love to do. Since leaving drama school I went on to Eastenders within three months, and then tried my hand at reality tv.
“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.”
It’s a return to the stage for Matt, who received overwhelming support before finally being pipped to the Dancing on Ice title by X Factor winner Shayne Ward back in March.
“You miss it”, 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.”
Searching for his princess, Matt’s Prince Charming will have to overcome a vicious stepmother and two ugly sisters in order to finally find Cinderella.
It’s a chance to work with a large cast that drew Matt to the Bromley production, and he’s looking forward to his family sitting in the audience.
He added: “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.”
Cinderella runs at The Churchill Theatre, in Bromley High Street, from November 29 to January 5. For tickets, visit atgtickets.com/bromley.