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Torvill and Dean to star in Bristol Christmas panto

Torvill and Dean shot to fame at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics when they became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time. Credit: Bristol Hippodrome

Figure skating legends Torvill and Dean are coming to Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas.

The Dancing on Ice duo are starring as the Fairy Godparents in this year's family pantomime - Cinderella.

This will be our first visit to The Bristol Hippodrome and we are very much looking forward to performing in the city

– Jayne Torvill

We’re really looking forward to bringing Cinderella to life on skates and spending the festive season in Bristol.We can’t wait for Christmas now!’

– Christopher Dean

The pair shot to fame at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics when they became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time.

Torvill and Dean continued to skate together for a further 14 years winning numerous professional and amateur competitions, as well as choreographing for the English National Ballet and other tours.

For this Bristol Hippodrome performance, they'll swap their ice-skates for inline skates - a type of roller skate.


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This year in Weston-super-Mare, the Playhouse is staging its own production of Peter Pan, created for the first time by an in-house team.

A little earlier Ian Axton was invited backstage, where he bumped into some familiar faces. Dean Gaffney of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and Eastenders, and Gemma Bissix of Hollyoaks and Eastenders.

Panto comes to Plymouth

It's opening night for Plymouth Theatre Royal's 32nd Christmas Panto. The modern reworking of Robin Hood features an all star cast. Nigel Havers plays the Sheriff of Nottingham, while Lee Mead - the winner of reality series Any Dream Will Do - plays Robin Hood.

Plymouth Theatre Royal's panto, Robin Hood, opens tonight. Credit: ITV News West Country


Panto at saved Pavilion

The curtain goes up tonight for the first pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion since it was saved from demolition. The Borough council wanted to save money suggesting a car park on the site instead.

The theatre's now run by a community company. Cinderella runs for the next three weeks. The new managers say they're already pleased with ticket sales.

Cinderella runs for the next 3 weeks at the newly-saved Weymouth Pavilion Credit: ITV News West Country

Panto preparations start

It might only be September but the cast of the Christmas pantomime, Cinderella have got together at the Bristol Hippodrome to launch this year's production.

Actress Suzanne Shaw will take the title role, with Louie Spence as Dandini and comedian Andy Ford as Buttons along with David Roper as Baron Hardup and Liz Robertson as Fairy Godmother.

The cast of Cinderella Credit: ITV News West Country