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Strictly star announced as part of Telford Theatre Christmas panto cast

Cast members have been announced for this year's swashbuckling Telford pantomime adventure – Treasure Island.

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The cast of Telford Theatre's 2023 production of Treasure Island

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced cast details for this year's panto, running from December 8, 2023, to January 6, 2024, at Telford Theatre in Oakengates.

It stars Strictly Come Dancing's Katya Jones as The Island Chief; The X Factor's Sean Smith as Jim Hawkins; West End star Shelley Anne Rivers as The Magical Mermaid; Coronation's Street's Tom Roberts as Long John Silver; Ian Smith as Captain Smollett and Carl Dutfield as Silly Billy Bones.

This year's panto will be the last before the theatre closes for a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Tom Roberts as Long John Silver and Shelley Anne Rivers as The Magical Mermaid

Councillor Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for climate action, green spaces, heritage and leisure said: “Wow, what a special pantomime this is going to be.

"It will be the last show in the current building before we embark upon an ambitious transformation of our theatre.

"We have recently announced the transformation plans made possible by a £15.5 million bid to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

"With sell-out shows in 2022, tickets will be in high demand for this year’s pantomime and we are encouraging early bookings to avoid disappointment.

Katya Jones and Carl Dutfield as Silly Billy Bones

"You can be part of the last audience to see a show in the theatre in its current format and help us say goodbye to the old and look ahead to the new.

"Telford Theatre is planning for another spectacular pantomime in 2024 at another venue in the borough, so keep your eyes peeled for more information later in the year.”

Katya Jones as The Island Chief

Audiences are invited to join Jim Hawkins as he finds the long-lost treasure map and sets sail with his friends Captain Smollett and Silly Billy Bones.

Once they reach the Island, they meet the Magical Mermaid who helps them on their search for riches beyond their wildest dreams.

It won’t be easy though as the evil Long John Silver has a few tricks up his sleeve to thwart the heroes and claim the treasure as his own.

Telford Theatre Pantomime poster

Producer, James Shone, added: “It’s wonderful to be producing the pantomime in Telford once more this festive season.

"We have such a talented cast, including some Telford panto favourites to present this contemporary pantomime adaptation of the well-known tale.

"There is something for the whole family and I know that everyone will have an enjoyable time."