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Q&A: Louie Spence ‘can’t wait’ to perform in Orchard Theatre’s Cinderella pantomime

PUBLISHED: 15:36 07 December 2017

Michelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. They are photographed with Jayne Wisener (Cinderella) and Luke Kelly (the Prince). Picture: Orchard Theatre

Michelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. They are photographed with Jayne Wisener (Cinderella) and Luke Kelly (the Prince). Picture: Orchard Theatre

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Television favourite Louie Spence is set to dazzle Orchard Theatre audiences this month as he takes to the stage for the venue’s traditional pantomime.

Michelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. Picture: Orchard TheatreMichelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. Picture: Orchard Theatre

The star is playing Dandini in family favourite Cinderella, performing alongside actress Michelle Collins from December 9-31. Here Spence shares his excitement about putting on his “Dandini tights” again, and working with the “brilliant” Collins.

Is this your first time performing in Dartford?

Cinderella will be my first time performing at the Orchard, but I know the theatre well and can’t wait to get started there. I’ve seen lots of my friends appear there in various musicals and shows, so it’s about time it’s my turn.

Are you excited to be working alongside the cast, including Michelle?

Michelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. Picture: Orchard TheatreMichelle Collins and Louie Spence are starring in the Orchard Theatre's 2017 pantomime, Cinderella. Picture: Orchard Theatre

I’m really excited to be back in my Dandini tights this year, I did the same role for our producers Qdos Entertainment last year in High Wycombe but this is my first time working with Michelle Collins, although I’ve met her many times. She’s a lot of fun, really good on stage and she’s going to make a brilliant Wicked Stepmother.

How does Cinderella compare to other pantos you’ve performed in?

Over the years I’ve done lots of different pantos including Peter Pan and Jack and the Beanstalk, but I think Cinderella is my favourite as who doesn’t want to find a Prince Charming and get a fabulous pair of heels into the bargain? It’s a great panto title and has something for everything, and this year’s Dartford panto is going to be bigger than ever.

Why should people come to see Dartford’s panto over others?

Because it’s got me in it! Seriously though, the cast we’ve got assembled is fantastic and it’s going to be full of music and dancing and a lot of laughs and apparently it’s already selling faster than any previous pantomime before so everyone should book now or they’ll be missing out.

Visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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