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oh yes it is...

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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?

The 1990s music world was surrounded boy boy and girl power! The bands came together and entertained us all but when they parted the place to go was panto... Click a name to read more...  

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WHO WAS TOP OF THE CHARTS IN THE 2010s?
1 - "Candle in the Wind" - Elton John
2 - "Unchained Melody"- Robson & Jerome
3 - "Love Is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet

Best-selling songs of the 1990s based on combined sales *Information correct at time of print.

A1 (stylised as a1) is a British-Norwegian boy group formed in 1998. The original line-up consisted of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams. Ingebrigtsen is originally from Oslo, Norway, while the other members originate from London.

2015/16: CinderellaPavilion Theatre Worthing 

2016/17: Santa Claus The MusicalNew Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2017/18: AladdinMarina Theatre Lowestoft 

2019/20: CinderellaPavilion Theatre Worthing

2021/22: Jack and the BeanstalkRedditch Palace

2022/23: Jack and the BeanstalkPavilion Theatre Worthing

2023/24: Jack and the Beanstalk - De Montfort Hall, Leicester 

Mark Read

A1

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Video: Mark Reid interviewed in 2015 about his panto debut

Video: 2017 Trailer

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Ben Adams

2009/10: CinderellaMilton Keynes Theatre

2014/15: AladdinNew Victoria Theatre Woking

2015/16: AladdinMilton Keynes Theatre

2016/15: AladdinOpera House Manchester

2017/18: Robin HoodBarbican Centre

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Video: Ben Adams in Aladdin 2015
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Adam Peter Rickitt (born 29 May 1978) is an English actor, singer and model.

He portrayed the role of Nick Tilsley in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1997 to 1999, and again from 2002 to 2004.  He later joined the pop group 5th Story, set up for The Big Reunion, before joining the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks from 2017 to 2020.

Adam had been due to appear in Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre for the Easter panto season in 2017 but was replaced at the last minute by Lee Brennan from boyband 911 after Adam injured his knee and was unable to perform

2006/07: Cinderella - Theatre Royal Norwich

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Dane Bowers

ANOTHER LEVEL

Another Level were a British soul and R&B-influenced boy band that formed in 1997 and broke up in 2000, consisting of Mark Baron, Dane Bowers, Bobak Kianoush and Wayne Williams. They achieved seven top ten singles, including the 1998 number-one "Freak Me".

2014/15: Cinderella - Grange Theatre, Northwich
2017/18: Peter Pan - Liverpool Empire
2021/22: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Mall of Emirates Theatre, Dubai
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Ant & Dec are a British television presenting duo, consisting of Anthony McPartlin (born 18 November 1975) and Declan Donnelly (born 25 September 1975), from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Formed after their meeting as child actors on CBBC's drama Byker Grove, they performed together as pop musicians PJ & Duncan, the names of their characters from the series.

1998/99: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsEmpire Theatre Sunderland

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Atomic Kitten is an English girl group formed in Liverpool in 1998, whose current members are Liz McClarnon, Jenny Frost and Natasha Hamilton. The group was founded by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) members Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw, who served as principal songwriters during Atomic Kitten's early years.

2009: Peter Pan - Empire Theatre Liverpool

2012: Cinderella - Southport Theatre

2015: Aladdin - Derby Arena

2016: Aladdin - Epstein Theatre Liverpool

2018: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Ipswich Regent

2019: Aladdin - Castle Theatre Wellingborough 

Natasha Hamilton

Atomic Kitten

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Video: Natasha Hamilton panto interview 2016
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Kerry Katona

2016: CinderellaTheatre Royal, Lincoln

2017: Sleeping BeautyMiddleton Arena

2018: CinderellaNorthwich Memorial Court

2019 (Easter Tour): Beauty & The Beast
2019: 
Sleeping BeautyKenneth More Theatre, Ilford

2020 (Easter Tour): The Wizard of Oz

2020 (Online): Once Upon a Pantomime

2021: (Online) Adult panto - Throbbin' Hood and the Babes in the Wood
2021: 
Sleeping BeautyGrange Theatre, Oldham

2022: CinderellaTheatre Royal, Lincoln

2023 (Easter Tour): Rapunzel

2024 (Easter Tour): Robin Hood


(Kerry stood in for the last part of the Easter Tour when Louie Spence had to drop out for personal reasons).

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Liz McClarnon

2012: Cinderella - Empire Theatre Liverpool

2016: Aladdin - Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield

Video: Liz McLarnon in the 2012 panto advert for Cinderella
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Beverly Knight

Beverley Knight MBE is an English singer, songwriter, actress and radio personality. She released her first album, The B-Funk, in 1995. Heavily influenced by American soul music icons such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, Knight has released eight studio albums.

2017/18 : CINDERELLABirmingham Hippodrome

2020/21: Pantoland at the Palladium - London Palladium

2022 (February): Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Video appearance only) - Stourbridge Town Hall Theatre

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Video: Beverley Knight in the Walk down /
finale from her 2017 pantomime
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B*Witched are an Irish girl group consisting of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O'Carroll. Originally active between 1997 and 2002, they enjoyed success in both Europe and North America between 1998 and 2002, releasing two albums and eight singles, all of which made the UK Top 20.

Keavy Lynch

B*witched

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2005/06: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsTheatre Royal Nottingham

2009/10: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsFairfield Hall Croydon

2015/16: Robin HoodWoodville Theatre Gravesend

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Video: Keavy & Adele in Robin Hood 2017

2015: Treasure IslandTouring Easter panto

2015/16: Robin HoodWoodville Theatre Gravesend

2016/17: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsEllesmere Port Civic

2019/20: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsOldham Grange Theatre

Edele Lynch

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Boyzone were an Irish boy band, created in 1993 by talent manager Louis Walsh. Before even recording any material, Boyzone made an appearance on RTÉ's The Late Late Show. Their most successful line-up was composed of Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch.

2005/06: CinderellaChurchill Theatre, Bromley

2006/07: The Wizard of OzMarlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Stephen Gately passed away in 2009

Stephen Gately

Boyzone

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Shane Lynch

2004/05: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsWycombe Swan High Wycombe

2005/06: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsGordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

2006/07: CinderellaAshton Under Lyme

2007/08: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsCentral Theatre Chatham

2009/10: CinderellaSouthport Theatre

2010/11: Sleeping BeautyYvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

2012/13: AladdinStag Theatre Sevenoaks

2014/15: AladdinWoodville Gravesend

2015/16: Peter PanStag Theatre Sevenoaks

2016/17: AladdinWhitley Bay Playhouse

2017/18: Robin HoodBarbican Theatre

2019/20: AladdinKing's Theatre Portsmouth

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Video: Advert for Aladdin from 2012 starring Shane Lynch





 
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2005/06: The Wizard of OzWeymouth Pavilion

2014/15: Jack & the BeanstalkLimerick

2015/16: Sleeping BeautyLimerick

Keith Duffy

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2010/11: AladdinGaiety Theatre, Ireland

Mikey Graham

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Chesney Lee Hawkes is an English pop singer and occasional actor. He started his career at the age of 19 when he appeared in the film Buddy's Song, which featured his best-known single "The One and Only", which topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and reached the top 10 in the United States.

2007/08: Dick WhittingtonThe Lowry, Salford

2010/11: AladdinThe Deco Northampton

2016/17: CinderellaHarlequin Theatre Redhill

2017/18: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPavilion Theatre Worthing

Chesney Hawkes

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Chesney Hawkes 2017 panto interview

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Eternal were formed in 1992 and originally consisted of the Bennett sisters, Kéllé Bryan, and

Louise Redknapp. They became a trio in 1995 when Redknapp quit the group to go solo. Eternal eventually disbanded in 2000 after selling 10 million records worldwide.

2015/16: Jack and the BeanstalkPalace Theatre Redditch

Vernie Bennett

Eternal

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Video: Clip of Vernie Bennett in panto 2015

2006/07: CinderellaBroadway Theatre Catford

2007/08: CinderellaPalace Theatre Telford

2008/09: AladdinWatersmeet Rickmansworth

2009/10: CinderellaDerby Assembly Rooms

2010/11: CinderellaWeston Super Mare Playhouse

2023/24: Snow White - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Kelle Bryan

Video: Cinderella panto interview with Kelle Bryan from 2009

 

Five (stylised as 5ive) are a British boy band from London consisting of members Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, and Scott Robinson. They were formed in 1997 by the same team that managed the Spice Girls before they launched their career. The group were mostly known as a five-piece, consisting of Robinson, Neville, Conlon, Abz Love and Jason "J" Brown.

Five enjoyed moderate success worldwide, particularly in their native United Kingdom, as well as

most of the rest of Europe and Asia.

2015: Easter Panto: Beauty and the BeastLiverpool Epstein Theatre

2015/16: AladdinDerby Arena

2019/20: Jack and the BeanstalkSouthport Theatre

Ritchie Neville

Five

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2015/16: AladdinPrinces Theatre Clacton

Scott Robinson

The Honeyz are a British R&B girl group, composed of members Celena Cherry and Mariama Goodman. The group had five UK top 10 hits between 1998 and 2000, with "Finally Found" (1998), "End of the Line" (1998), "Love of a Lifetime" (1999), "Never Let You Down" (1999) and "Won't Take It Lying Down" (2000).

2002/03: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsNew Theatre Hull

2006/07: Jack and the BeanstalkLibrary Theatre Luton

2007/08: CinderellaLeatherhead Theatre

2010/11: Peter PanOctagon Theatre Yeovil

Celena Cherry

Honeyz