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Sheridan Smith and Joanna Lumley to star in This Morning panto on ITV

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ITV’s This Morning is to air a day time pantomime this Friday.

The ‘mash up’ will feature characters from classic panto stories including Aladdin, Dick Whittington and Snow White.

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An all star cast will feature in the television special, led by Sheridan Smith as Peter Pan and Joanna Lumley as a wicked stepmother.

This Morning’s regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will play Cinderella and Buttons.

Christopher Biggins, Dr Ranj, Gyles Brandreth, Lisa Snowdon, Alison Hammond, Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay will all also appear.

Smith told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The whole theatre and creative industries have been devastated by the virus and lockdown.

“Hopefully doing this panto with This Morning will provide some of these people much-needed work and give everyone… hope and laughter.”

Lumley added: “All of us who appear in front of the audience are painfully aware of the desperate situation of everyone who makes shows and plays happen – the chorus, dancers, and then backstage, choreographers and chorus masters, props and costumes and dressers, and writers… the list goes on.

“To be able to help them in any small way is a privilege. They don’t get any of the financial help that is being dished out.”

This Morning’s panto will air on Friday, 11 December from 10AM on ITV.

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