Soap star lined up for White Rock panto

Jessie Wallace is starring in the Hastings White Rock Theatre's panto, Cinderella SUS-150429-153335001
Jessie Wallace is starring in the Hastings White Rock Theatre's panto, Cinderella SUS-150429-153335001
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Cinderella shall go to the ball this Christmas with the help of soap star Jessie Wallace who makes her pantomime debut as the Fairy Godmother in Sussex’s most spectacular family pantomime.

For the past 15 years Jessie has become a national treasure thanks to her performance as Kat Slater in the popular BBC soap EastEnders, winning numerous awards and legions of fans.

Jessie’s 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.

Earlier this month BBC One announced that Jessie will feature alongside EastEnders co-star Shane Richie in their own six part spin-off drama, which will be aired in 2016.

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.

Most recently Jessie returned to the stage playing Lil in the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s musical production of Fings Ain’t Wot they Used T’be directed by Terry Johnson.

Executive producer of Cinderella, Daryl Back, said “We are delighted Jessie will be joining the cast of our spectacular pantomime Cinderella in Hastings.

Jessie is such a popular face on television we’re thrilled she’ll be joining us in pantoland and giving audiences at the White Rock her take on The Fairy Godmother.”

The White Rock Theatre’s General Manager, Lorna Hollister, added “Each year we’ve seen the White Rock’s pantomime become more and more successful.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Jessie Wallace to the Theatre, and know that she will be very popular with the Hastings audience.”

Cinderella is produced by One From The Heart, in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind recent pantomime successes including last year’s production of Aladdin starring Louie Spence.

Cinderella at Hastings White Rock Theatre runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 27 December 2015.

For tickets and information visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk or call 01424 462288.