The Wycombe Swan has announced their star casting for this year’s Panto, Cinderella which will see TV and Radio Icon Vernon Kay make his stage and pantomime debut this year starring as Dandini.
Colin was joined by Rachel from Wycombe Swan to announce the news on this morning’s Mid Mornings.
Vernon presented his own BBC Radio 1 and Radio X shows and is a regular stand-in on BBC Radio 2. He’s also the main presenter for the live coverage of Formula E for English-speaking territories and platforms around the world. In 2020, Kay finished in third place on the twentieth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. Over the last year, Vernon has regularly presented slots on ITV’s This Morning.
Vernon said “I am beyond excited to be playing Dandini in Cinderella and I’m gonna give this everything I’ve got. Having done TV and radio for the last 25 years this will be a totally new experience for me, I love testing myself and trying new things and being a massive panto fan, I can’t think of a better way to make my stage debut.
We’re a family of panto lovers, my two daughters, Tess and I go every year- it’s a steadfast family tradition- so when the option came for me to be in one my girls said ‘Dad you have to do it’ and I couldn’t have agreed more!
We’ve visited the Wycombe Swan panto a number of times as a family so it’s great to be here at one of my local venues”
Fiona Martin, Theatre Director at the Wycombe swan says:
‘We’re thrilled to be able to share this exciting news and can’t wait to welcome Vernon to our stage for his first ever panto experience! We know that his cheeky wit and fantastic energy will be a huge hit with families, I think his local knowledge will also make for some hilarious gags too!
You can find out all the details for this year’s panto below (oh yes you can!)
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