Kat's out of the bag: EastEnders' Jessie Wallace announced as Wicked Queen for this year's Snow White panto
PUBLISHED: 11:41 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 07 April 2017
The actress is best known for playing Kat Slater in the popular BBC soap
The Churchill Theatre has announced that television and stage star Jessie Wallace will lead the cast in this year’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Jessie is best known for playing Kat Slater in the popular BBC soap EastEnders.
Her other television credits include ITV’s The Bill and Wild at Heart and her critically acclaimed leading role in Miss Marie Lloyd - Queen of the Music Hall for BBC Four. In 2008 she also took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
No stranger to the stage, Jessie has appeared in the West End productions of Rent and Haunted as well as the 25th anniversary production of Stepping Out in the role of Sylvia. She played Lil in the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s musical production of Fings Ain’t Wot they Used T’be, directed by Terry Johnson and starred as Matron Mama Morton in the UK tour of Chicago last year.
This year Jessie will star alongside her EastEnders co-star Shane Richie in a six-part spin off drama Redwater and tour the UK in the Ira Levin’s thriller Deathtrap.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marks Jessie’s third foray into pantomime having previously starred in Cinderella and Robin Hood, both for Qdos Entertainment.
In her role as The Wicked Queen, she will be joined by comedian and magician Pete Firman as Muddles and hilarious panto dame Jason Sutton as Nurse Nancy.
Pete starred in BBC1’s prime-time Saturday night programme The Magicians and recently made special guest appearances on ITV1’s The Next Great Magician and Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.
His stage work has seen him perform his array of magic and comedy across the UK, performing regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
Jason Sutton, best-known for his award-winning alter ego Miss Jason has been entertaining audiences across the country for over 15 years.
Aside from his cabaret work Jason is a pantomime regular having starred alongside the Jason Fletcher, Larry Lamb and the late Paul Daniels. His television credits also include The Weakest Link, Come Dine with Me, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Sky1’s Chocky-Wocky-Do-Dah.
Staged once again by Qdos Entertainment, the team behind the last year’s record-breaking pantomime Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will feature all of the traditional pantomime features.
Jonathan Kiley, executive producer for Qdos Entertainment said: “After last year’s fantastic production of Peter Pan we’re delighted to be bringing our sensational production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Churchill. With Jessie Wallace at the helm as our very Wicked Queen alongside the hilarious pairing of Pete and Jason audiences are in for a real festive treat.”
Theatre director Chris Glover said: “Following last year’s record attendance of 99 per cent, and with tickets already selling fast, we are looking forward to another incredible year at the Churchill Theatre. We are also delighted to welcome Bromley favourite Jessie Wallace to the stage as our Wicked Queen in a production that truly promises to be the fairest pantomime of them all.”
With over 34,000 theatregoers attending last year’s pantomime audiences should book now for the fairest panto of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs from December 2-31.
To book tickets visit churchilltheatre.co.uk