IT might only be October, but panto season is well under way already.
And yesterday Ferneham Hall in Fareham launched its production of Snow White And The 7 Dwarfs.
Among the stars bringing the classic children’s tale to life were TV presenter and actor Lloyd Warbey, famous for his work on Disney’s Art Attack TV series, and EastEnders and Hollyoaks hearthrob Stefan Booth.
This will be Stefan’s first time performing at Ferneham Hall but the actor is no stranger to taking on the role of the charming Prince Simon.
‘This is my fifth or sixth time playing the Prince in Snow White and I love it,’ he said.
‘Ferneham Hall looks like a great space with good acoustics and we’ve got a great team here.’
Stefan said he was excited to be sharing the pantomime spirit with audiences over Christmas.
‘Being a dad myself it’s even more wonderful to see the children getting absorbed in the moment,’ he said.
‘I’ve got two children and they will be coming to see the show.’
Starring alongside Stefan and Lloyd – who plays Herbie the Huntsman – will be Daniella Piper as Snow White, Rebecca Vere as the Wicked Queen and Kim Wall as Dame Dotty.
Kim said: ‘It’s great to play the dame, because you get the license to do what you want when you want.’
‘My dame is cheeky, a bit rude and unpredictable.
‘She’s like your favourite aunty and uncle all rolled into one!’
Associate producer Tim Sitwell said audiences had a lot to look forward to.
‘It’s a traditional family pantomime with live music, magical effects and we’ve got some great illusions in this show as well,’ he said.
‘We’ve got a great cast, so it’s going to be like seeing a West End production but on your doorstep.’
Snow White comes to Ferneham Hall from December 12 until January 4. For more details call 01329 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk.