New star for panto

Ben Jardine.

AN exciting last minute addition has been made to the cast of this year’s eagerly-awaited pantomime in Grays.

Thameside Theatre has announced reality TV star Ben Jardine, who rose to fame on the television show Married at First Sight and appeared in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, will play Wishee Washee in the theatre’s upcoming panto, Aladdin.

Curtains will be raised for the first performance on Friday, 30 November, with 61 fun-filled showings between then and Sunday, 6 January.

Other stars appearing in this year’s Polka Dot Pantomimes show include former TOWIE regular and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Dan Osborne as the Genie and Thurrock’s favourite Dame, Luke Coldham, as Widow Twanky.

Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, said: “Every year Thameside Theatre hosts an amazing pantomime and this year is no exception.

“This year’s cast includes TV stars and some fantastic performers with years of experience working in musical theatre.

“It promises to be a wonderful show and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets sooner rather than later, with some performances already sold out.”

Tickets are available from £16. For further details about Aladdin or to book online, visit or email [email protected]

If you fancy going for dinner on the night of the show, Thameside Theatre has joined up with three restaurants in Grays to offer a discounted dinner and theatre experience.
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