Two of Britain’s biggest soap baddies will be frocking up for panto in Sevenoaks.
EastEnders' Dirty Den Watts and Coronation Street’s Richard Hillman are the most icon villains from the two biggest soaps in the UK. In 2014, Leslie Grantham and Brian Capron, the actors who created those roles, will be ‘frocking up’ to play the panto baddies, the Ugly Sisters, in Cinderella, at the Stag Theatre Sevenoaks. They’ll join previously announced Australian Soap Star Ryan Moloney (aka Toadfish from Neighbours), who will play Buttons in the show.
Leslie and Brian are not only two of the most famous TV soap actors of all time, they are also both experienced pantomime performers - but neither have ever had the opportunity to don a frock, as is one of the traditions of pantomime.
Producers Magic Beans Pantomimes will be celebrating their sixth year of panto in Sevenoaks with this massive casting coupe, by securing Leslie Gantham and Brian Capron, as the pair of ugly sisters dedicated to making sure that Cinderella will most certainly not go to the ball!
Leslie Grantham is a stage and screen actor most famous for playing Den Watts in EastEnders from 1985-89, and again from 2003-05. Dirty Den is arguably the most famous soap character of all time, and a record breaking 30.15 million people (half the UK’s population at the time), tuned into the Christmas Day 1986 episode, to watch him give divorce papers to his long suffering onscreen wife, Angie. After being apparently killed off, Leslie returned to the soap as Den in 2003, eventually being killed off for good in the very pub he once owned, and buried in the cellar of the Queen Vic!
Leslie has starred in numerous other tv shows, appeared in films, and toured the country in many theatre productions. Leslie is regarded as one of the best pantomime villains in the country, and Cinderella will mark his third Christmas Season with Magic Beans Pantomimes. In Sevenoaks, he played the Demon King in Mother Goose in 2011, and last year he played King Rat in Dick Whittington at the Grove Theatre Dunstable.
Brian Capron won Best Actor, Best Exit and Best Villain at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of the serial killer Richard Hillman, in Coronation Street, a role he played from 2001-2003. His storylines secured Coronation Street as most watched tv programme of the year, and the moment his character 'revealed all' about his wicked ways attracted an audience of 19.4 million.
Brian has been a regular on tv for many years, not only in dramas and soaps, but on reality television. He appeared in Strictly Come Dancing, and came forth in the 2013 series of Celebrity Masterchef. In theatre he starred as Nathan Detroit in the national tour of Guys and Dolls, and appeared in the national tour of Stepping Out. Brian is a regular panto baddie, most recently having played the Sheriff in Robin Hood (Stevenage), and Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk (Bournmouth).
Cinderella runs at the Stag Theatre Sevenoaks from 6 December 2014-4 January 2015. Visit www.sevenoakspanto.com for details.
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