Television and stage star Louie Spence will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime Cinderella at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford from Saturday 9 December.

Television personality, presenter and choreographer Louie Spence pirouetted into the nation’s consciousness thanks to the overwhelming success of Sky One’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence’s Showbusiness, solidifying Louie’s reputation as an expert on all things dance. In addition to his television experience Louie has enjoyed an extensive stage career appearing in Miss Saigon and Cats and danced alongside Take That and the Spice Girls. Louie will play The Prince’s loyal manservant, Dandini. No stranger to pantomime, Cinderella marks his eighth foray into the genre, bringing with him the high kicks and high jinks he’s best known for.

In addition to fronting television shows for Sky One Louie has appeared as a judge on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and was a housemate in the 12th series of Celebrity Big Brother. Most recently Louie took part in The Jump for Channel 4 and Tour de Celeb, a gruelling cycling-based reality series which saw him tackle the toughest stage of the Tour de France on a 140km ordeal.

Executive Producer of Cinderella Jonathan Kiley said “We are thrilled that Louie will be starring in this years’ pantomime Cinderella having played the role to great critical and audience acclaim for us last year. Louie is a true showman, a wonderful dancer and an absolute panto natural and Orchard audiences are in for a treat with a show bursting with laughter, music, dance and plenty of audience participation.”

Orchard Theatre Director, Chris Glover said ‘‘We are really excited the Louie will be joining us in Dartford this year. The Orchard’s panto has become a hot ticket in the South East and we would strongly encourage customers to book now!”

With further star casting to be announced, Cinderella will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the company behind the Theatre’s previous record-breaking productions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Dick Whittington. Cinderella features the Orchard’s hallmark of outstanding entertainment for theatregoers of all ages.

The clock is ticking, so book your tickets now!