X Factor star Sean Smith is to lead the panto cast in Portsmouth at the Kings Theatre this Christmas.
The singer will play the title role of Dick Whittington at his hometown Theatre in Portsmouth.
Dick Whittington appears at the Kings Theatre from Saturday 28th November – Thursday 31st December with all tickets priced at £20.
Social distancing measures will be in place with the Theatre at a reduced capacity.
As part of the pantomime run, there will be a free performance for NHS and key workers on Wednesday 2nd December and a number of special school performances.
Sean Smith said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in what is something of a homecoming for me. Pantomime season is always such a magical time and this year more than ever it’s so important to bring a fun, feelgood factor to everyone in the community after a tough period.
“Panto at the Kings Theatre is something I remember growing up with and I feel that it’s written in the stars for me to be back there this year. I’ve been really impressed by all the measures which the Theatre are taking for when the show begins and I can’t wait to see everyone!”
Paul Woolf, Kings Theatre CEO added: “Our pantomime is really starting to take shape and I’m so excited to have Sean with us. Sean represents everything which we are looking for as part of our panto this year – a real community feel which Portsmouth can be proud of with some great talent.
“We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that when Christmas comes around, we can have a fantastic time, where everyone is in a safe environment.
“I encourage everybody to show their support for our wonderful theatre and buy tickets for a proper Pompey family night out!”
Tickets for Dick Whittington are available to buy at www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk/dickwhittington