Carrie Hope Fletcher and Ore Oduba are to star in Marlowe Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty panto.
Fletcher will make her panto debut in the festive production at the Canterbury venue from 25 November 2022 to 8 January 2023.
The star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella and Les Misérables will play villain Carabosse while Ore Oduba (Rocky Horror, Curtains) will play Prince Orlando.
Fletcher said: “I’m so excited. I didn’t see a panto until I was 19, that was my first experience of panto. I love it so much. I love how out there they are, I love that they use songs that everyone knows, I love all of the outlandish characters and I love the audience participation.”
“The fact that I was asked to play the villain was a very, very big draw for me. Wednesday Addams was probably the closest I ever got to playing a villain and I really enjoyed playing a slightly darker character and so just playing an outright villain is going to be so much fun. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to being booed before!”
Oduba added: “In many ways I feel like I was made for panto because I love having that rapport with the audience, I’m a family guy myself and I love the idea of families coming to see the show. I know that everybody loves The Marlowe panto.
“It’s such a popular experience for everybody around Christmas so I feel really privileged and lucky to be part of this amazing group and part of the show. We’re going to have fun.”
Also on the cast are Jennie Dale as Fairy Moonbeam, Ben Roddy as Dame, Max Fulham as Jangles and Ellie Kingdon as Aurora.
Director Paul Hendy said: “We’re incredibly proud of Evolution and The Marlowe’s reputation for producing some of the biggest and best pantomimes in the country. This year, we have some truly spectacular special effects planned, and our cast is undoubtedly one of the strongest we’ve ever presented at The Marlowe. This show is certainly not to be missed!”
For more information and tickets, visit marlowetheatre.com