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Strictly stars are a panto hit

Anne Widdecombe and Craig Revel Horwood were so popular in pantomime, an extra week had to be added to their show.

The retired MP and Strictly Come Dancing judge starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford during the Christmas period.

The show was due to run until January 2, 2012, but theatre bosses had to keep it going until January 7 to satisfy demand.

Over 26,000 tickets had been sold for the show when Qdos Entertainment, the producer of the pantomime, decided an extra week was needed.

Craig played the Wicked Queen in the show and Ann Widdecombe played his servant Widdy in Waiting.

Ann, who was starring in pantomime for the first time, said: “I’m delighted that the first panto I’ve ever done was in Kent. It meant a lot of friends could go along. Craig and I tripped the light fantastic in an hilarious new dance routine.”

Ann, former MP for Maidstone and The Weald, met Craig when she took part in TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. The pair then teamed up for the show’s live tour before deciding to go into panto together.

She said of the decision at the time: “I spent 10 weeks doing a pantomime in the middle of a dance show, so I might as well spend three weeks doing a dance in the middle of a pantomime.”

Theatre director Andy Hill, said: “I’m very excited to announce the extension of this year’s pantomime. Craig and Ann are proving a massive hit with theatregoers and I’m delighted that even more people will have the chance to catch this fabulous pantomime.”

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