Strictly’s Lisa to to miss Kings panto start

Lisa Riley as Queen Malevola and, inset, her understudy Adele Silva
Lisa Riley as Queen Malevola and, inset, her understudy Adele Silva

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STRICTLY Come Dancing star Lisa Riley is to miss the first few performances of the Kings Theatre pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, it has been revealed.

She will be replaced by her former Emmerdale co-star, Adele Silva.

Adele Silva, who's replacing Lisa Riley in the Kings panto while she is in Strictly Come Dancing.

Adele Silva, who's replacing Lisa Riley in the Kings panto while she is in Strictly Come Dancing.

Lisa, who is a patron of the Kings, was due to perform as Queen Malevola in the panto from Wednesday until January 6.

But her dancing commitments on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing mean she will not be able to appear at the start of the run.

Her understudy, Adele Silva, who played Kelly Windsor in the soap alongside Lisa as Mandy Dingle, will step up and take the role.

Even if Lisa leaves Strictly this weekend, it does not necessarily mean she will be able to take part in the panto next week.

Sandra Smith, promotions and group bookings manager for the Kings, said: ‘When Lisa has finished her Strictly commitments, she will come down to the Kings and she is really looking forward to it.

‘I know a lot of people are looking forward to seeing her but, of course, she wants to do well in Strictly too. Adele will be a great replacement.’

If Lisa leaves the competition before the final on December 22, she will head down to Southsea to appear in the panto, although maybe not straight away.

Sandra added: ‘She hopes to stay in the series until the final, but if that is the case she will be down here as soon as possible.’

Lisa said: ‘I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect than Adele to play my part. She and I have been really good friends for years and also played best friends in Emmerdale.

‘It’s because of Adele’s kind support that I have the chance to hopefully get into the Strictly final, which would be the best-ever Christmas present.’

She added: ‘Fingers crossed I get to bring the glitter ball trophy back to my favourite place, the Kings Theatre in Southsea.’

It will be Lisa’s third panto appearance at the theatre, but at this stage it depends when she leaves Strictly as to when exactly she joins the pantomime cast.

Lisa added: ‘The Kings has the biggest place in my heart. Hopefully coming back will be third time lucky!’

For more information, call the Kings Theatre on (023) 9282 8282.