It’s December which only means it’s Pantomime season (oh no it’s not…oh yes it is!) so some of your favourite former Emmerdale stars will be taking to the stage this Christmas in all different guises and gaudy costumes across the UK as they become your favourite panto characters.
One of the must see pantos stars Emmerdale’s most recent departee Adam Thomas. Still appearing on screen until January, Adam has begun rehearsing for his stage debut in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Pantodrome in Times Square, Newcastle. Adam will appear with fellow soap star, former Corrie actress Denice Welch from 11-30 December (www.timessquarepanto.com)
Other Emmerdale stars heading north include Bill Ward, who played James Barton, appearing as Fleshcreep, also in Jack and the Beanstalk but at Sunderland Empire alongside TV legend Janine Duvitski, who swaps Benidorm for Sunderland this festive season as the Vegetable Fairy (www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire/).
Charlie Hardwick aka the late Val Pollard heads to Hull New Theatre in Peter Pan as the Magical Mermaid with theatre and TV star Darren Day as Captain Hook. In a twist to recognise the City’s Capital of Culture status, the Darling family are now from Hull rather than London (www.hulltheatres.co.uk/events/peter-pan).
If you’d prefer a blast from the past, Stuart Wade who played Biff Fowler will be the Jester in Beauty & the Beast at York’s Grand Opera House. He appears alongside Australia’s Lynne McGranger, who plays Home & Away’s Irene Roberts, Blue’s Antony Costa, Strictly’s Debbie McGee, and former Corrie icon Ken Morley, who played Reg Holsworth (www.atgtickets.com/shows/beauty-and-the-beast/grand-opera-house-york/).
Natasha Gray, who played Elsa Feldman/Chappell way back in 1990, appears as the Wicked Queen alongside former EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering (https://lighthousetheatre.co.uk)
Actor Jonathan Wrather swaps Emmerdale villain Pierce Harris for another bad guy as Eugene in Beauty & the Beast at Newark’s Palace Theatre (www.palacenewarktickets.com) while ex-Emmerdale and Hollyoaks star James Sutton also shows his evil side as villainous Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Maidstone TV Studios (www.maidstonepanto.com).
Emmerdale legend Peter Amory aka Chris Tate stars as Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk with Dani Harmer, best known as Tracy Beaker, at the Shaw Theatre, London (www.shaw-theatre.com)
Sapphire Elia returns to the Stag Theatre at Sevenoaks for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sapphire, who takes on the lead role, is best known as playing the late Mia Macey, believed to be the daughter of Declan but revealed to actually be Jai Sharma’s child (http://sevenoakspanto.com)
Hayley Tammedon aka Delilah Dingle heads to the Bristol Hippodrome as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin with comedian Joe Pasquale as Wishee Washee, and Marti Pellow as evil sorcerer Abanazar (http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/aladdin-2/bristol-hippodrome/#overview_tab)
Fellow ex-Dingle Lisa Riley, who played Mandy Dingle, appears at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre with Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates in Jack & the Beanstalk (www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/panto/jack-and-the-beanstalk )
Two former Emmerdale stars team up for Jack & the Beanstalk at the Ipswich Regent Theatre. Jack is played by George Sampson, who appeared as Ryan Harred in the Dales, while Roxanne Pallet, best known as Jo Sugden, is Jack’s beau Jill. (https://apps.ipswich.gov.uk/en-GB/shows/jack%20and%20the%20beanstalk/events)
Suzanne Shaw leaves behind Emmerdale’s scarlet woman Eve Jenson to play Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome with former Hollyoaks and Strictly star Danny Mac, singer Beverley Knight, and the Grumbleweeds (www.birminghamhippodrome.com)
Gemma Oaten, who played Rachel Breckle, shows her naughty side as the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty at Dorking Halls, Surrey, with former X-Factor star Chris Maloney (www.dorkinghalls.co.uk )
Whereas arguably Britain’s best ever soap bitch Kim Tate, actress Claire King shows her nice side as Mimi the Magical Mermaid in Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House in Belfast with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling (www.goh.co.uk/peter-pan )
Plus there is a reunion for Emmerdale mother and daughter as Deena Payne, who played Viv Windsor, stars as the Wicked Queen alongside Adele Silva, who played daughter Kelly, as Snow White at Middlesborough Theatre (www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk/shows/snow-white/ )
If you have spotted any other Emmerdale stars appearing in panto near you that we have missed, let us know!
And don’t forget, it’s behind you!