VIDEO: Strictly star Russell Grant shining brightly at Kettering panto

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Fans can expect plenty of tradition as the pantomime season gets under way in Kettering.

So says Russell Grant, who is appearing as the royal astrologer in this year’s offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Lighthouse theatre in Kettering.

Panto star Russell Grant takes part in the Alzheimers Society Singing for the Brain session and teaches some dance moves

Panto star Russell Grant takes part in the Alzheimers Society Singing for the Brain session and teaches some dance moves

The show runs until Sunday, January 5, with Mr Grant, the famous television astrologer and star of Strictly Come Dancing, being the big name in the town for the Christmas period.

The show, produced by Hammond Family Pantomimes, will have something for all the family and Mr Grant revealed there had been a big transformation at the theatre since he first visited back in August.

The star of the show said: “The cast is great.

“There are some fabulous dancing girls and the only dancing boy is me!

Panto star Russell Grant talks to NT reporter Jon Dunham

Panto star Russell Grant talks to NT reporter Jon Dunham

“The seven dwarfs are wonderful and the exciting thing about them is that they are wearing the Walt Disney skins.

“So what you actually see on the animated film, the dwarfs will look the same.

“The producer is brilliant and he is doing everything as a traditional pantomime.

“It’s great and they have a surprise for my arrival on stage as well which should be a lot of fun.

“I have got a great routine and Emma Rogers is the choreographer.

“She is fresh from Las Vegas and a friend of the producer.

“So it is great to have a world-class choreographer on board.

“The set looks wonderful.

“I came to see The Lighthouse in August and the transformation is incredible.

“I am really excited about it, it will be a grand panto and I hope people support it.”

And it seems he has had a warm welcome so far, saying: “The people in the local area have already been brilliant with me.”

Tickets can be booked at the website www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk or by calling 01536 414141.

SINGING FOR THE BRAIN

Mr Grant has already been very active in the area, including attending the weekly Singing for the Brain session run by the Alzheimer’s Society at Kettering’s Corn Market Hall.

He said: “I am an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, which is why I was there for Singing for the Brain and it is an incredible thing they are doing here.

“It is things like the music group in Kettering that are so important and all those involved are coming down to the panto.”