Elaine Smith - Daphne Lawrence / Clarke (1985-1988)

1988/89 Mother Goose - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

 

Daphne became the first main/original character to be killed off in the series.

Show bosses had initially wanted actress Rebecca Gibney for the role of Daphne.

Elaine Smith dated her co-star Peter O'Brien (Shane) and they appeared in the 1988 panto together

Peter O'Brien - Shane Ramsay (1985-1987)

1988/89 Mother Goose - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

Stefan Dennis - Paul Robinson
(1985-1992, 1993, 2004-present)

1990/91 Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood - Liverpool Empire

1991/92 Aladdin - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

1992/93 Cinderella - Bournemouth Pavilion

1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk - Wimbledon Theatre

1994/95 Peter Pan - Blackpool Grand 

1998/99 Aladdin - Weston Super Mare Playhouse

2007/08 Aladdin - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

2009/10 Cinderella - Grand Theatre Wolverhampton

Stefan Dennis originally auditioned for the parts of Shane Ramsay and Des Clarke

Anne Charleston - Madge Mitchell/Ramsay/ Bishop
(1986-1992, 1996-2001, 2015)

Click here for Anne's panto history

Jason Donovan - Scott Robinson
(1986 - 1989)

2020/21 Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Birmingham Hippodrome)

Jason was the 2nd actor to pay Scott, he took over from Darius Perkins.
Apart from appearing as onscreen couple Scott & Charlene, Jason also dated Kylie Minogue off screen

Jason's Father, Daughter and Step Sister have all had main roles in Neighbours
 

Kate Gorman - Sue Parker/Warley
(1986-1987, 2014, 2015, 2018)

1992/98 Dick Whittington - Civic Centre Halifax
1993/94 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Guy Pearce - Mike Young (1986-1989)

1989/90 Cinderella - Charter Theatre, Preston

1991/92 Cinderella - Oxford Apollo

Rowena Mohr - Sally Wells (1987-1988)

1989/90 Babes in the Wood - Theatre Royal Hanley

Ian Smith - Harold Bishop
(1987-1991, 1996-2009, 2011, 2015)

1989/90 Dick Whittington - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

1990/91 Dick Whittington - Brighton Dome

1991/92 Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal, Hanley

1993/94  Cinderella - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

1999/00 Jack & the Beanstalk - Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

2000/01 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay

2005/06 Aladdin - White Rock in Hastings

2007/08 Cinderella -  Grand Opera House York

Ian also worked as Script Editor on Neighbours

Fiona Corke - Gail Lewis/Robinson
(1987-1989, 2005-2007, 2019)

1990/91 Peter Pan - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Lucinda Cowden - Melanie Pearson/Mangel
(1987-1991, 2005)

1991/92 Dick Whittington - Beck Theatre, Hayes

1992/93 Aladdin - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

1993 (March/April) Peter Pan - Touring
1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk - White Rock Hastings
1994/95 Dick Whittington - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

1995/96 Aladdin - Little Theatre Middlesborough

1997/98 Babes in the Wood - Norwich

1998/99 Peter Pan - Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

2004/05 Peter Pan - Civic Hall in Bedworth

2005/06 Aladdin - Civic Theatre in Darlington

2006/07 Peter Pan-  Gala Theatre Durham

2007/08 Aladdin -  Library Theatre Luton

Nick Carrafa - Tony Romeo (1987-1988)

1990/91 Peter Pan - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Nick dated his co-star Fiona Corke in real life and the pair appeared together in panto

Craig McLachlan - Henry Mitchell/Ramsay
(1987-1989)

2008/09 Cinderella - Southampton Mayflower

Rachel Friend - Bronwyn Davies
(1988-1990)

1990/91 Aladdin - Davenport Theatre Stockport

Mark Stevens - Nick Page (1988-1990)

1990/91 Aladdin - Davenport Theatre Stockport

Kristian Schmid - Todd Landers (1988-1992)

1990/91 Mother Goose - Charter Theatre, Preston

1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester

1992/93  Peter Pan - De Montfort Hall, Leicester

1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk -  Orchard Theatre Dartford

1994/95 Dick Whittington - Wycombe Swan High Wycombe

1995/96 Dick Whittington -  Brighton Dome

Jessica Muschamp - Sharon Davies (1988-1990)

1990/91 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs -Hanley

1992/93 Aladdin - Harlequin Redhill
1993/94 Old King Cole - Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Matt Stevenson - Skinner (1988-1989)

1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester

Matt would become better known for his role as Adam Cameron in rival soap Home and Away

Mark Little - Joe Mangel (1988-1991,2005)

1991/92 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Sunderland Empire

1992/93 Cinderella - Sunderland Empire

1998/99 Aladdin - Connaught Theatre Worthing

1999/00  Beauty and the Beast - Komedia Brighton

2001/02  Jack and the Beanstalk - Worthing 

2004/05  Wind in the Willows -  Sevenoaks Playhouse

2006/07  Aladdin -  Grand Theatre Swansea

2007/08 Aladdin - Pavilion Worthing

2008/09  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Pavilion Theatre Worthing

2014/15 Jack & the Beanstalk- Queens Theatre  North Devon

2015/16 Jack & the Beanstalk - Anvil Theatre Hampshire

2016/17 Peter Pan - Rhyl Pavilion

2017/18 Jack & the Beanstalk - Palace Theatre Mansfield

2018/19 Beauty and the Beast - Grimsby Auditorium

2019/20 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Grimsby Auditorium
2020/21 No panto due to Covid-19

2021/22 Peter Pan - Middlesbrough Theatre

Tom Oliver - Lou Carpenter (1988, 1992-2016)

1998/98 Robinson Crusoe - Worthing Pavilion

1999/00 Cinderella - White Rock Theatre Hastings

Colin Handley - Mark Grainger (1988-1989)

1990/92 Cinderella - Civic Theatre, Halifax

Amelia Frid - Cody Willis (1989-1991)

1992/93 Aladdin - Oxford Apollo

When Amelia left the series the role of Cody was recast to Peta Brady

Linda Hartley - Kerry Bishop/Mangel (1989-1990)
& Gabrielle Walker (2005)

1990/91 Mother Goose - Charter Theatre, Preston

1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester

Ashley Paske - Matt Robinson (1989-1991)

1991/92 Cinderella - Kings Theatre, Southsea

1992/93 Aladdin - Oxford Apollo

1993/94 Jack & the Beanstalk- Charter Theatre Preston

Jeremy Angerson - Josh Andrerson
(1990-1992)

1993/4 Aladdin - Sunderland Empire

Gillian Blakeney - Caroline Alessi
(1990-1992, 2019)

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Liverpool Empire

1993/94 Cinderella - Pavilion Theatre Rhyl
1994/95  Dick Whittington - Derngate Theatre Northampton
1995/96 Cinderella - Darlington Civic

Maggie Dence - Dorothy Burke (1990-1993)

1992/93 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay

1994/95  Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Stevenage

Gayle Blakeney - Christina Alessi / Robinson
(1990-1992, 2019)

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Liverpool Empire

1993/94 Cinderella - Pavilion Theatre Rhyl

1994/95 Cinderella - Anvil Theatre Basingstoke
1995/96 Cinderella - Darlington Civic

Richard Norton - Ryan McLachlan
(1990-1991)

1992/93 Snow White - Alban Arena, St Albans

1994/95 Dick Whittington - Barnsley Civic

1997/98 Cinderella - Towngate Theatre Poole
1998/99 Dick Whittington - Crewe Lyceum

Richard would go on to appear in rival soap Home and Away

Beth Buchanan - Gemma Ramsay/Willis
(1990-1991, 2019)

1990/91 Jack and the Beanstalk - Guild Hall, Guildford
1992/93 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal, Billingham

Before appearing in Neighbours Beth had a recurring minor role in rival soap Home and Away

Terence Donovan - Doug Willis
(1990-1994, 2005, 2014-2016)

1994/95 Peter Pan - Weymouth Pavilion

1995/96 Mother Goose - Theatre Royal Plymouth

Terence appeared in rival soap Home and Away as villain Al Simpson before taking on the role in Neighbours

Terence is the father of Jason Donovan who also appeared in Neighbours

Ian Williams - Adam Willis (1990-1991)
1991/92 Aladdin - Brighton Dome

1992/93 Snow White - Charter Theatre Preston 

1993/94 Cinderella - Brighton Dome

1995/96 Aladdin - Leeds City Varieties

1996/97 Snow White- Theatre Royal Brighton

2001/02 Snow White  - Shaw Theatre

Richard Huggett - Glen Donnelly (1990 - 1992)
1999/00 Sleeping Beauty - City Varieties, Leeds

Andrew Williams - Guy Carpenter (1991 - 1992)
1992/93 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Sands Centre, Carlise

1993/94 Aladdin - De Montfort Hall Leicester

Melissa Bell - Lucy Robinson (1991-1993, 1995, 2013-2016, 2020)
1992/93 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay

1994/95 Peter Pan - Weston Super Mare Playhouse

1995/96 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs -  Palace Theatre Mansfield

Melissa was the 3rd actress to play the part of Lucy

Simone Robertson - Phoebe Bright / Gottlieb (1991-1993)

1993/94 Aladdin - Tameside Hippodrome

1994/95 Cinderella - Corn Exchange in Cambridge

Natalie Imbruglia - Beth Brennan / Willis (1992-1994)

1993/94 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Natalie Imbuglia had been due to appear in Cinderella in Dartford and appeared on posters but a work permit issue meant she could not appear

Benjamin Mitchell - Cameron Hudson (1992-1993)

1993/94 Aladdin - Sunderland Empire
1994/95 
Cinderella -  Charter Theatre  Preston
 

Benjamin originally appeared as Brad Willis in 1989 before the part was re-cast

Julie Mullins - Julie Martin (1992-1994)
1994/95 Babes in the Wood - Sadlers Wells
1995/96 Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Royal Bath

Julie was the 2nd actress to play the role of Julie

Dan Falzon - Rick Alessi (1992-1995)
1995/96 Jack & The Beanstalk - Swansea Grand
 

Felice Arena - Marco Alessi (1992)

1995/96 Cinderella - Weston Super Mare Playhouse

1996/97 Aladdin - Theatre Royal Newcastle

Ian Rawlings - Phillip Martin (1992-1999, 2005)

1999/00 Aladdin - Beck Theatre, Hayes

Ian was well known as villain Wayne Hamilton in Sons & Daughters before taking on the role of Phillip.

In was the 2nd actor to play this role

Rebecca Ritters - Hannah Martin
(1992-1999, 2005)

2002/03 The Wizard of Oz - Maidstone

Sarah Vandenbergh - Lauren Carpenter (1993-1994)

1996/97 Robin Hood - Swansea Grand

1997/98 Jack & The Beanstalk - Harlequin Theatre Redhill

1999/00 Dick Whittington - Arts Link in Camberley

Eliza Szonert - Danni Stark (1993-1996 & 2005)
1995/96 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Grimsby Auditorium

Kimberley Davies - Annalise Hartman
(1993-1996, 2005)

1995/96 Goldilocks & the Three Bears - Wolverhampton Grand

Bruce Samazon - Mark Gottlieb (1993-1995, 2020)

1994/95 Snow White - Kings Theatre Southsea
1995/96 Snow White - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Kym Valentine - Libby Kennedy/Kirk
(1994-2005, 2007-11, 2014)

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1996/97 Cinderella - Llandudno

1998/99 Snow White - Beck Theatre Hayes

2000/01 Cinderella - Hexagon Theatre Reading

2002/03 Peter Pan - Hawth Theatre Crawley

In 2003 Kym Valentine was due to  star as Peter Pan at the Wolverhampton Grand However, during the year she became pregnant and so her place in the panto was taken by 911s Lee Brennan 

Anthony Engleman - Stonefish Rebecchi
(1994-1996, 2003, 2007, 2015-2018)

1996/97 Dick Whittington - Charter Theatre Preston

1997/98 Aladdin - Wolverhampton Grand

Richard Grieve - Sam Kratz (1994-1996, 2005)

1996/97 Dick Whittington - Oakengates Theatre Telford

2003/04 Beauty and the Beast - Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

2004/05 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs-  Harlequin Theatre Redhill

2005/06  Dick Whittington-  Oakengates Theatre Telford

2006/07 Cinderella - Broadway Theatre in Catford

2008/09 Jack and the Beanstalk - Camberley Theatre 

2009/10  Snow White - Watersmeet Theatre Rickmansworth

Jesse Spencer - Billy Kennedy
(1994-2000, 2005)

1998/99 Peter Pan - White Rock Hastings

1999/00 Jack and the Beanstalk - Wolverhampton Grand

Alan Fletcher - Karl Kennedy (1994-Present)

1999/00 Aladdin - Llandudno

2001/02 Peter Pan - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

2002/03 Jack and the Beanstalk - Alban Arena St.Albans

2004/05 Aladdin -  Festival Theatre Malvern

2008/09 Peter Pan - His Majestys Theatre Aberdeen

2013/14 Robin Hood - Stag Theatre Sevenoaks

2014/15 Robin Hood - Grove Theatre Dunstable

Benji McNair - Mal Kennedy
(1994-1997, 2002, 2004-2005, 2011, 2014)

1997/98 Cinderella - Sunderland Empire

1999/00  Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Jackie Woodburne - Susan Kennedy (1994-present)

2000/01 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Worthing Pavilion

2001/02 Cinderella - Stafford Gatehouse

Ryan Maloney - Toadfish Rebecchi
(1995-present)

2001/02 Dick Whittington - Beck Theatre, Hayes

2005/06 Cinderella - Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury

2007/08 Cinderella - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

2013/14 Dick Whittington - Grove Theatre Dunstable

2014/15  Cinderella -  Stag Theatre Sevenoaks

Andrew Bibby - Lance Wilkinson
(1995-2001, 2005, 2018)

2000/01 Dick Whittington - Stafford Gatehouse

2001/02 Cinderella - Stafford Gatehouse

Alex Dimitriades - Steve George (1996)

1995/96 Aladdin - Cambridge Corn Exchange

Jacinta Stapleton - Amy Greenwood (1997-2000, 2005)

1999/00 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Jansen Spencer - Paul McClain (1997-2001, 2005)

1999/00 Cinderella - Sheffield Lyceum

2000/01 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Swansea Grand

2001/02 Cinderella - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

2002/03 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs- New Theatre Hull

2003/04 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs -  Kings Theatre Southsea

Daniel McPherson - Joel Samuels (1998-2002)

1999/00 Jack and the Beanstalk - Victoria Theatre Halifax

2000/01 Cinderella - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

2001/02 Aladdin - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Jonathon Dutton - Tad Reeves (1998-2002)

2001/02 Cinderella - Tameside Hippodrome

2002/03 Jack & The Beanstalk - Princess Theatre Torquay

Dan Paris - Drew Kirk (1998-2002, 2005)
2001/02 Jack and the Beanstalk - The Hawth Crawley

2002/03 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Wolverhampton Grand

2003/04 Cinderella - Grand Theatre Swansea

2004/05 Jack and the Beanstalk - Belfast Grand Opera House

Krista Vendy - Tess Bell (1999-2001)
2001/02 Cinderella - Kings Theatre Southsea

Shane Connor - Joe Scully (1999-2004)
2002/03 Jack and the Beanstalk - Dartford Orchard

2005/06 Mother Goose - Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent

Carla Bonner - Steph Scully
(1999-2010, 2013, 2015-2018)

2003/04 Cinderella - Alban Arena St Albans

Mark Raffety - Darcy Tyler (2000-2005)

2002/03 Dick Whittington - Kings Theatre Southsea

2003/04 Dick Whittington - Tameside Hippodrome

2004/05 Snow White - Princess Theatre Torquay

2005/06 Snow White  - Grand Opera House York

2007/08 Snow White - Kings Theatre Southsea 

Stephen Hunt - Matt Hancock (2001-2002, 2005)

2002/03 Cinderella - Stevenage

Blair McDonough - Stuart Parker (2001-2006, 2018)

2002/03 Dick Whittington - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

2005/06 Cinderella - Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Madeleine West - Dee Bliss/Rebecchi & Andrea Somers
(2002-2003, 2017, 2019)

2002/03 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Pavilion Theatre Weymouth

Jamie Robbie Reyne - Taj Coppin (2002-2004)

2003/04 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Central Theatre Chatham

Jay Bunyan - Jack Scully (2002-2005)

2004/05 Aladdin - Churchill Theatre Bromley

Patrick Harvey - Connor O'Neil (2002-2006, 2012)
2004/05 Cinderella - Central Theatre Chatham

2005/06 Aladdin - Worthing Pavilion

2007/08 Cinderella - Grand Opera House Belfast

Lara Sacher - Serena Bishop (2003-2005)
2007/08 Beauty and the Beast - Crewe Lyceum

Natalie Blair - Camella Cammeniti (2003-2008, 2011)
2007/08 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Shrewsbury Music Hall

Ben Nicholas - Stingray Timmins (2004-2007)
2006/07 Jack and the Beanstalk - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

2007/08 Cinderella - Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage

2008/09 Jack and the Beanstalk - Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage

Daniel O'Connor - Ned Parker (2005-2008)
2006/07 Cinderella - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

2007/08 Jack and the Beanstalk - New Theatre Hull

Eliza Taylor Cotter - Janae Timmins (2005-2008)
2007/08 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Weymouth Pavilion

Caitlin Stacey - Rachel Kinski (2005-2009)
2008/09 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Norwich Theatre Royal

Rebekah Elmaloglou - Terese Willis/Robinson
(2013-present)

1992/93 - Cinderella - Sunderland Empire
1993/94 - Aladdin - De Montfort Hall Leicester
1994/95 - Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Inverness

Ryan Thomas - Rafael Humprheys (2018)
2016/17 Cinderella - Wyvern Theatre Swindon

2017/19 Peter Pan - Venue Cymru
2018/19 Peter Pan - Beck Theatre, Hayes

2019/20 Dick Whittington - Wolverhampton Grand

THE MUSIC

NEIGHBOURS Full original 1985 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 1989 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 1992 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 1999 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 2002 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 2007 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 2013 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 2015 theme tune

NEIGHBOURS 2020 theme tune

SUDDENLY - Angry Anderson (From episode 523)

SUDDENLY - Sam Clarke (From episode 6000)

IN YOUR ARMS - Lynne Hamilton & Peter Rice (From episode 1099)

HAUNTING ME - V Capri (used as Scott & Charlene's Theme 1987)

BURY ME DEEP IN LOVE - The Triffids (Madge & Harold's Wedding Theme)

1980s background music -  'Memories Of'

Just for fun.... we have put the 2015 Neighbours opening into a more 1980s style

and just incase you have ever wanted to known what the Neighbours opening in German is like...