Shane Richie announced as Swan's panto star

Shane Richie as Dick Whittington

Shane Richie as Dick Whittington

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SHANE Richie has been announced as the panto star for the Wycombe Swan for the second year running.

The Eastenders star played Buttons in Cinderella last Christmas and this year will play Dick Whittington.

The panto season will be a week shorter this year and begins on December 13 and will run until January 4.

Shane, who plays Alfie Moon in the BBC1 soap, was also the panto star at the Swan in 2009, when he played Aladdin.

Dick Whittington is produced by Qdos Entertainment, which has established a reputation for staging large-scale productions.

Simon Stallworthy, theatre director at Wycombe Swan said: "Audiences in Wycombe loved Shane’s unique and very funny performance as Buttons last year, and he clearly loved being here.

"He has a real warmth as a performer and establishes a great relationship with the audience. He’s one of the top pantomime performers in the country and we are thrilled to be welcoming him back to the Swan this year."

Tickets are already on sale from www.wycombeswan.co.uk or 01494 512000.

What do you think about Shane Richie returning to the Wycombe Swan for another panto season? Leave your comments below.

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10:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

geoffW says...

How old is that picture of him? 15 years? 20 years?
How old is that picture of him? 15 years? 20 years? geoffW
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10:26am Thu 27 Mar 14

ricky266 says...

"He has a real warmth as a performer and establishes a great relationship with the audience. He’s one of the top pantomime performers in the country and we are thrilled to be welcoming him back to the Swan this year"

Clearly written by someone who knows nothing about performing arts!
He has been terrible in both the Pantomimes he has performed. I will be looking elsewhere for a Pantomime to take my family to this year!
"He has a real warmth as a performer and establishes a great relationship with the audience. He’s one of the top pantomime performers in the country and we are thrilled to be welcoming him back to the Swan this year" Clearly written by someone who knows nothing about performing arts! He has been terrible in both the Pantomimes he has performed. I will be looking elsewhere for a Pantomime to take my family to this year! ricky266
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12:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

erm says...

was so pleased to see a different panto this year instead of snow white or cinderella being rolled out year after year, but let down by the same star who will be playing the same 'cheeky chappy' role as last year with the same jokes and lines. I only thought repeats happened on tv...

Not impressed especially as he kept bragging throughout the show I saw him in to how much he was earning and how expensive seats had to be to pay is wages...
was so pleased to see a different panto this year instead of snow white or cinderella being rolled out year after year, but let down by the same star who will be playing the same 'cheeky chappy' role as last year with the same jokes and lines. I only thought repeats happened on tv... Not impressed especially as he kept bragging throughout the show I saw him in to how much he was earning and how expensive seats had to be to pay is wages... erm
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12:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

What a pity. I thought they might go for someone with some talent this year instead.

Try going to your local amateur dramatics panto production - loads more fun watching people performing because they enjoy it, rather than some overpaid prat on an ego trip.
What a pity. I thought they might go for someone with some talent this year instead. Try going to your local amateur dramatics panto production - loads more fun watching people performing because they enjoy it, rather than some overpaid prat on an ego trip. Bill Taxpayer
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12:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

cant-polish-a-turd says...

And that's a good enough reason not to go.......
And that's a good enough reason not to go....... cant-polish-a-turd
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3:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

HWyc1980 says...

He is a fantastic lead and Wycombe are lucky to have him again this year. He is loved by the whole audiende both young and old - I will be booking tickets ASAP
He is a fantastic lead and Wycombe are lucky to have him again this year. He is loved by the whole audiende both young and old - I will be booking tickets ASAP HWyc1980
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