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"I can't stand all that palaver of sticking a beard on with that dreadful spirit gum , and then peeling it off - makes your eyes stand out like organ stops when you have to remove it and it also brings me out in a dreadful rash. Not that I know yet whether or not I need a beard. I'll have to check with the director."

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We love them for playing for our team or country but after that part of there career is over some turn to the stage and perform in panto (even if it's just for one year). Click a famous name below to have a look at what they have done in panto! 

Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is a Welsh former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the
110 metres hurdles.

2021/22: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Swansea Grand

Colin Jackson

Gareth Thomas CBE is a Welsh former professional rugby union and rugby league player, who represented Wales in both codes. Nicknamed "Alfie", he was the first Wales rugby union player to play in 100 test matches, and is currently the sixth-most capped Wales player.

2012/13: Aladdin - Stiwt, Wrexham
2014/15: Cinderella - New Theatre, Cardiff
2015/16: Aladdin - New Theatre, Cardiff
2016/17: Aladdin - Venue Cymru Llandudno
2017/18: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - New Theatre, Cardiff
2018/19: Beauty and the Beast - New Theatre, Cardiff
2020/21: No panto due to Covid-19

2021/22: Aladdin - New Theatre, Cardiff
2022/23: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - New Theatre, Cardiff
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Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thoma
Colin Jackson
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Gareth Chilcott

Gareth James Chilcott is a former rugby union player, who played at prop for Bath and England.
He made his England debut against Australia in 1984. He toured with the British Lions in Australia in 1989, together with Andy Robinson and Jeremy Guscott. 

1992: Cinderella - Theatre Royal Bath
1993: Cinderella - Mayflower Theare Southampton
1995: Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Royal Bath
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Shane Mark Williams, MBE is a Welsh former rugby union player most famous for his long and successful tenure as a wing for the Ospreys and the Wales national team.
He also played scrum-half on occasion.

2019/20: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Congress Theatre
Torvill and Dean (Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean) are British ice dancers and former British, European, Olympic, and World champions. Since 2018, they have been Head Judges on Dancing on Ice, alongside Judges Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse.

2015/16: Cinderella - Manchester Opera House
2016/17: Cinderella - Bristol Hippodrome

Shane Williams


Torvill & Dean

Robin John Cousins MBE is a British former competitive figure skater who was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1980. He was the 1980 Olympic champion, the 1980 European champion, a three-time World medalist and four-time British national champion, winning all of these titles during his amateur career.

1995/96: CinderellaBirmingham Hippodrome

1996/97: CinderellaNew Victoria Worthing

2000/01: Snow WhiteGrand Opera House Belfast

2009/10: Santa Claus and Jack FrostSouthampton Mayflower

2016/17: Jack and the BeanstalkCentral Theatre Chatham

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Robin Cousins

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Shane Wiliams
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Barry McGuigan

Finbar Patrick McGuigan MBE is an Irish boxing promoter and former professional boxer. Born in Clones, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone and held the WBA and lineal featherweight titles from 1985 to 1986.

1989/90: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Reading Hexagon
1990/91: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Lewisham Theatre

1991/92: Cinderella - The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
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John Anthony Conteh, MBE is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1971 to 1980.
He held the WBC light-heavyweight title from 1974 to 1977, and regionally the European, British and Commonwealth titles between 1973 and 1974.

1993/94: Aladdin - Exmouth Pavilion

John Conteh

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Frank Bruno

Franklin Roy Bruno MBE is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1982 to 1996.

He had a highly publicised and eventful career. The pinnacle of Bruno's boxing career was winning the WBC heavyweight title from Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium in 1995, in what was his fourth world championship challenge.

1989/90: AladdinDominion Theatre
1990/91: Aladdin
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Robin Hood and the Babes in the WoodBristol Hippodrome

1996/97: Jack and the BeanstalkBradford Alhambra

1997/98: Goldilocks and the Three BearsBirmingham Hippodrome

1998/99: Goldilocks and the Three BearsMayflower Theatre Southampton

1999/00: Goldilocks and the Three BearsNew Victoria Woking

2000/01: Goldilocks and the Three BearsMilton Keynes Theatre
2001/02: Goldilocks and the Three BearsWolverhampton Grand
2002/03: Goldilocks and the Three BearsCliffs Pavilion Southend
2003/04: AladdinWycombe Swan, High Wycombe

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John Conteh
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Theresa Ione Sanderson CBE is a British former javelin thrower. She appeared in every Summer Olympics from 1976 to 1996, winning the gold medal in the javelin throw at the 1984 Olympics.

1991/92: Aladdin - Brighton Dome
1994/95: Robinson Crusoe - Bournemouth Pavilion
1995/96: Cinderella - Lewisham Theatre
Kezie Uchechukwu Duru Akabusi, MBE, known as Kriss Akabusi, is a British broadcaster & former sprint and hurdling track and field athlete.

1994: Dick Whittington - Mayflower Theatre Southampton
1995: Dick Whittington - New Victoria Theatre Woking
1997: Aladdin - New Theatre Cardiff
1998: Cinderella - Wimbledon Theatre
1999: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Birmingham Hippodrome
2000: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Southampton Mayflower

Tessa Sanderson

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Kriss Akabusi

Kriss Akabusi
Tessa Sanderson
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Annabel Nicola Croft is a British former professional tennis player and current radio and television presenter. As a tennis player she won the WTA Tour event Virginia Slims of San Diego and represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup and the Wightman Cup.

1989/90: Dick Whittington - The Hawth, Crawley
1990/91: Cinderella - The Bristol Hippodrome
1991/92: Cinderella - Davenport Theatre, Stockport
1992/93: Cinderella - Norwich Theatre Royal
1993/94: Cinderella - Grand Opera House, York
1994/95: Aladdin - Grand Opera House, York
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Annabel Croft

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Geoff Capes

Geoffrey Lewis Capes is a British former shot putter, strongman and professional Highland Games competitor.

1985/86: Aladdin - Civic Theatre Halifax
1986/87: Dick Whittington - Reading Hexagon

1987/88: Robin Hood and the Beabes in the Wood - Darlington Civic
Feb 1988 The above production moved to the Grand Theatre Leeds for one week.
1988/89: Jack and the Beanstalk - Lewisham Theatre
1990/91: Dick Whittington - Wolverhampton Grand
1992/93: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Cambridge Corn Exchange
1993/94: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - New Theatre Hull
1994/95: Peter Pan - Alban Arena St Albans
1996/97: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Cliffs Pavilion Southend
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Ian Terence Botham, Baron Botham, OBE is an English cricket commentator, member of the House of Lords, a former cricketer who has been chairman of Durham County Cricket Club since 2017 and charity fundraiser.

1990/91: Jack and the Beanstalk - Bradford Alhambra
1991/92: Jack and the Beanstalk - Bournemouth Pavilion
1992/93: Jack and the Beanstalk - Davenport Theatre, Stockport
1993/94: Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Bath
1994/95: Cinderella - Wimbledon Theatre

Ian Botham

Ian Botham
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John Virgo

John Virgo is an English snooker commentator and former professional snooker player.

1993/94: Cinderella - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
1994/95: Aladdin - Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
1995/96: Dick Whittington - White Rock Theatre, Hastings
1997/98: Dick Whittington - Palace Theatre, Manchester
1999/00: Dick Whittington - Royal and Derngate, Northampton
2000/01: Dick Whittington - London Apollo, Hammersmith 
2002/03: Dick Whittington - Bristol Hippodrome
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Duncan Alexander Goodhew, MBE is an English former competitive swimmer. After swimming competitively in America as a collegian at North Carolina State University, he was an Olympic swimmer for Great Britain and won Olympic gold and bronze medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

1985/86: Dick Whittington - His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
1986/87: Aladdin - Bournemouth Pavilion
1987/88: Aladdin - Richmond Theatre

Duncan Goodhew

Duncan Goodhew
Michael David Edwards, better known as Eddie the Eagle, is an English ski jumper and Olympian who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the Normal Hill and Large Hill events. He held the British ski jumping record from 1988 to 2001.

2022/23: Cinderella - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards

Eddie Edwards
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