Former soap star takes centre stage in Cannock panto - in photos

By Megan Archer | Cannock | Theatre & Comedy | Published: | Last Updated:

Former soap star Mark Homer takes centre stage for Cannock's festive production this year.

George Critchley, Jessica Baker, Francesca Mae-Smith, Lauren Dawes, Mark Homer and Keith De'Winter as the cast of Cinderella get together at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Church St, Cannock

The actor, best known for playing journalist Tony Hills in EastEnders, will take on the role of Buttons in PMA Productions' Cinderella at the Prince of Wales Centre. It takes place at the Church Street venue from December 21 to 29.

Cast members met up for a photo call to launch the panto last week.

Homer, who starred in Dick Whittington last year, is reprising the role he played at the theatre back in 2010. He has also performed there in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He will be joined on stage by panto regular Keith De Winter as Conchita, one of Cinderella's ugly sisters.

As well as a full, professional supporting cast, Rugeley's Studio 5 dancers will also grace the stage.

A theatre spokesman said: "The classic rags to riches story sees the downtrodden yet beautiful Cinderella being brow beaten by her ugly sisters and wicked stepmother. Will Cinderella get to the ball, meet her prince and be happy ever after?

Jessica Baker, Lauren Dawes, Francesca Mae-Smith and Mark Homer as the cast of Cinderella get together at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Church St, Cannock

"The panto has all the traditional ingredients including music, laughter, stunning sets and costumes and lots and lots of audience participation."

Tickets are available from the Prince of Wales Centre box office on 01543 578762 or on

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
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