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What was the best selling song in the 1980s?

1 - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid

2 - "Relax"Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 1983

3 - "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder

Panto was thrilled to host a lineup of popular music stars from the 2010s. The audience was treated to an unforgettable night of music and entertainment at many locations across the country! Did you ever see one the stars below in panto?

Panto was thrilled to host a lineup of popular music stars from the 2010s. The audience was treated to an unforgettable night of music and entertainment at many locations across the country! Did you ever see one the stars below in panto?

Pop stars from the 1980s have become regular bookings in the panto world - with some taking the highest billing for many years. 

Click a name to learn more...

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Bucks Fizz are an English pop group that achieved success in the 1980s, most notably for winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Making Your Mind Up".

The group was formed in January 1981 specifically for the contest and comprised four vocalists:

Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.

1987: Babes in the WoodLondon Palladium

1989: AladdinLewisham Theatre
1990: CinderellaAlban Arena St Albans

1991: CinderellaWhite Rock Theatre Hastings

1992: Robinson CrusoeGrand Theatre Swansea

1993: Dick WhittingtonAshcroft Theatre Croydon

1995: CinderellaLewisham Theatre

2001: Jack and the BeanstalkCivic Theatre Aylesbury

2003: AladdinStag Theatre Sevenoaks

2014: Jack and the Beanstalk -Tower Theatre Folkestone

2015: The Wizard of OzShaw Theatre London

Cheryl Baker

Bucks Fizz

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Cheryl Baker Q&A
recorded November 2020. 

Jay Aston

2004: Snow WhiteCamberley Theatre

2013: CinderellaDorking Halls

2019: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsQueens Theatre Barnstaple

2019 Queens Theatre Barntaple pantomime.
Video: Jay Aston's trailer for her 2019 panto Snow White
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1989: AladdinWeymouth Pavilion
1990: AladdinWyvern Theatre in Swindon

1992: AladdinFloral Pavilion New Brighton

Bobby G

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1989: AladdinWeymouth Pavilion
AladdinKings Theatre Southsea

1991: AladdinPrincess Theatre Torquay

1992: AladdinWhite Rock Theatre Hastings

1997: Dick WhittingtonWeston Super Mare Playhouse

2001: Jack and the BeanstalkCivic Theatre Aylesbury

2003: Jack and the BeanstalkWhite Rock Hastings

2014: Jack and the BeanstalkTower Theatre, Folkestone

2015: Dick WhittingtonTower Theatre, Folkestone

2016: CinderellaTower Theatre, Folkestone

2017: Snow White & The Seven DwarfsTower Theatre, Folkestone

2019: Jack and the BeanstalkTower Theatre,  Folkestone

2021: Dick WhittingtonTower Theatre, Folkestone

Mike Nolan

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Darren started his career as part of a comedy cabaret trio when he was 17. He also worked as a Butlin's redcoat for a season. He later went solo and auditioned for BBC's talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1987 and appeared on the show in 1988, introduced by host Bob Monkhouse. He won several heats and came fourth in the final.

1989: CinderellaHazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
1990: CinderellaCamberley Civic Hall
1992: CinderellaRoyal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
1998: CinderellaPalace Theatre, Manchester

1999: Dick WhittingtonRichmond Theatre

2000: CinderellaRoyal & Derngate Theatre

2001: CinderellaAshcroft Theatre, Croydon

2002: AladdinVictoria Theatre, Halifax

2003: CinderellaEmpire Theatre, Sunderland

2004: CinderellaOrchard Theatre, Dartford

2006: Jack and the BeanstalkForum Theatre Billingham

2007: Dick WhittingtonThe Lowry, Salford

2009: Goldilocks and the Three BearsForum Theatre Billingham

2010: Snow WhiteRotherham Civic

2012: Peter PanLighthouse Theatre, Kettering

2013: Beauty and the BeastKings Lynn

2016: Peter PanBradford Alhambra

2017: Peter PanHull, New Theatre

2018: Peter PanRoyal & Derngate Northampton

Following the end of the planned 2018/19 panto season for Darren he was called upon at short notice to step back into Captain Hook's shoes and take over the role at the Birmingham Hippodrome as Jimmy Osmond had suffered a stroke and was unable to continue with the run.

2019: PeterPanMayflower Theatre Southampton

2022: Peter PanRegent Theatre, Ipswich

2024/25: Peter Pan - Playhouse, Whitley Bay

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Darren Day

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Darren Day & Sophie Ladds take the panto Q&A
recorded November 2020. 

Video: Curtan Call / Bows from Darren Day's 2018 panto at Royal & Derngate

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Jason Sean Donovan is an Australian actor and singer. He initially achieved fame in the Australian soap Neighbours, playing Scott Robinson, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records.

Jason had been due to make his panto debut for the 2020/21 season but this was postponed by a year due to the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19


2021/22: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARSBirmingham Hippodrome

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2022/23: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS Southampton Mayflower

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Marti Pellow is a Scottish singer. He was the lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet for 28 years: from their formation in 1982 until their split in 1997, and again from their reformation in 2004 to his departure in 2017. 

2015/16: Aladdin -Birmingham Hippodrome

2016/17: Aladdin - SECC Clyde Auditorium

2017/18: Aladdin - Bristol Hippodrome

2018/19: Aladdin - Orchard Theatre, Dartford

2019/20: Peter Pan - Orchard Theatre, Dartford

2022/23: Dick Whittington - Birmingham Hippodrome

Marti Pellow

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Video: Marti Pellow panto trailer from 2016

Video: Curtain call from Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome 2017

Sinitta Malone (born 19 October 1963), known mononymously as Sinitta, is a British singer, actress and television personality. She initially found commercial success in the mid-1980s with the single "So Macho" and had several other hits during the decade. In the 2000s, she became known for television appearances, including Loose Women, The Xtra Factor and This Morning. She took part in the ITV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2011.

1995: AladdinCambridge Corn Exchange

1996: AladdinMansfield Palace

1997: AladdinWolverhampton Grand


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Sonia Evans, known mononymously as Sonia, is an English pop singer from Liverpool.

She had a 1989 UK number one hit with "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" and became the first female UK artist to achieve five top 20 hit singles from one album. 

1995/96: CinderellaCrewe Lyceum

1996/97: Dick WhittingtonNeptune Theatre, Liverpool

1997/98: CinderellaFloral Pavilion New Brighton

1998/99: Peter PanHis Majestys Theatre Aberdeen

1999/00: Peter PanGrand Opera House Belfast

2000/01: Peter PanNew Theatre Cardiff

2002/03: Peter PanWeston Super-Mare Playhouse

2003/04: AladdinDerby Assembly Rooms

2004/05: AladdinStafford Gatehouse Theatre

2006/07: Jack and the BeanstalkCapitol Theatre Horsham

2007/08: Jack and the BeanstalkHorsham

2008/09: Sleeping BeautyPavilion Theatre Rhyl

2009/10: CinderellaAnvil Theatre Basingstoke

2010/11: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsStiwt Theatre, Wrexham

2012/13: Cinderella Liverpool Empire Theatre

2013/14: Jack and the BeanstalkFloral Pavilion New Brighton

2014/15: Sleeping BeautyChurchill Theatre Bromley

2015/16: CinderellaPavilion Theatre Rhyl

2016/17: CinderellaBrindley Arts Centre Runcorn

Sonia Evans

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