A cygnet-ure season in store at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House's production of Swan Lake is one of the highlights of the Kings Theatre's autumn season.
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House's production of Swan Lake is one of the highlights of the Kings Theatre's autumn season.
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Swan Lake, a ukulele festival, some dynamic drummers and a one-man homage to Breaking Bad are just a few of the events booked for the Kings Theatre in the coming months.

Starting this week and leading up to January next year, the Southsea venue’s autumn season includes theatre, dance, comedy and talks.

The Kings is renowned for its Christmas pantomime, and this year the theatre’s team has lined up a star-studded cast for its production of Cinderella (Tuesday, December 8 to Sunday, January 3).

James Argent – known to millions as ‘Arg’ from the Bafta-award winning series The Only Way is Essex – makes his pantomime debut as Dandini, and will be joined by Anita Harris, singer and actress in the Carry On film series.

The celebrity appearances do not stop there. Cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Dara Ó Briain and ‘the people’s tenor’ Russell Watson will also grace the Kings stage. To mark the 10th anniversary of England’s historic victory in the Ashes, Freddie will be sharing his memories of the sporting event with his podcast co-star and comedy writer Clyde Holcroft. This will take place on October 20.

Russell Watson will perform on October 27 and Dara brings his Crowd Tickler tour to the venue on September 23-24.

The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers perform on October 18.

The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers perform on October 18.

Opera and ballet is also well represented, with Opera & Ballet International performing Carmen on October 1 and The Russian State Ballet and Opera House’s production of Swan Lake taking place on November 6.

One Man Breaking Bad – The Unauthorised Parody (November 21) stars LA-based actor Miles Allen whose impressions of the TV show characters have racked up millions of hits on YouTube.

Unusual music comes in the form of Grand Southern Ukulele Festival (October 9-11) and the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers (October 18), the latter known for their dynamic performances.

Visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more details.

James Argent – known to millions as ‘Arg’ from the Bafta-award winning series The Only Way is Essex – makes his pantomime debut as Dandini

Ellen Kent's production of Carmen will be coming to the Kings.

Ellen Kent's production of Carmen will be coming to the Kings.