Latest news / 9 April, 2015

Shane Richie announced as Dick Whittington in The Orchard Theatre’s Family Pantomime

The Orchard Theatre has announced that TV star; actor and comedian Shane Richie will star in its pantomime, Dick Whittington which opens on Saturday 12 December 2015.

<p>Shane’s prominence as an actor has been recognised by numerous awards including; Best Actor (The National Television Awards), Most Popular Male Actor (The National Television Awards), Best Newcomer (TV Awards), Best Male Actor (ITV Soap Awards), Best Male Actor (Rose d’Or Television Festival – Europe’s BAFTAs), Best Soap Actor (TV Choice Awards) and Soap Personality of the Year (TRIC Awards ). </p>

<p> Shane has recently fronted the brand-new BBC One Saturday evening game show Win Your Wish List and is perhaps best-known for playing the role of Alfie Moon in BBC One’s EastEnders.</p>

<p> Shane has combined his theatre and television career with film roles that include Porter in a special Channel 4 film version of Macbeth alongside Greta Scacchi; Dead Clean and Distant Shadow. He also produced and starred in Shoreditch alongside Joely Richardson. Shane featured with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet as Sid in the DreamWorks film Flushed Away. He also filmed Prisoners of the Sun on location in Morocco with John Rhys-Davis and Joss Ackland.</p>

<p> Alongside a formidable TV career Shane has enjoyed high-profile stage credits including as Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease, which broke all box office records, and in Boogie Nights The Musical which he co-wrote and co-produced in the West End and on national tour.</p>

<p> Dick Whittington is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer which has established a reputation for staging large-scale productions packed with special effects and lots of laugh-out-loud comedy for all the family.</p>

<p> Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division said “Shane is an outstanding comedy actor and we’re absolutely delighted to have his immense talent at The Orchard Theatre this Christmas. Wherever Shane appears in pantomime tickets always sell quickly, so early booking is strongly advised. ”</p>

<p> Chris Glover, Theatre Director said: “Our panto is now one of the biggest and most popular in the South East with 95% attendance for the last two years. We are excited that Shane Richie will be joining us this year and are confident that it will become another record-breaking production for Dartford!”</p>

<p> Dick Whittington runs from Saturday 12 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016 and tickets are already on sale from <a href=“”></a> or call the ticket office on 01322 220000</p>