NORTH East comedian Patrick Monahan has been named as one of the stars in this year's pantomime in Darlington.

The Middlesbrough-raised funny man will play Buttons in the production of Cinderella being staged at Darlington Hippodrome.

He will join Steps singer Faye Tozer, who will be playing the fairy godmother.

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The theatre has also confirmed that actor and musician Pete Peverley and TV Actor Phil Corbitt will play the ugly sisters in the production, which marks the return of pantomime to the Hippodrome after a year’s absence.

Heather Tarran-Jones, programming and development director at the Hippodrome, said “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Patrick back as part of our festive pantomime.

"Patrick produced fabulous reactions from audiences back in 2018 and, alongside the dream team of Phil and Peter as the ugly sisters, will be another great hit with audiences of all ages.”

Cinderella will be produced by Crossroads Pantomimes, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and will be packed full of the magical ingredients Darlington audiences have come to expect from their annual festive production, including special effects, hilarious comedy and plenty of audience participation.

The Parkgate venue will be putting on the show from Friday 10 to Friday 31 December 2021.

Tickets are on sale now, with early booking advised.

A frequent star on the comedy club and festival circuits, Monahan regularly tours the UK with his blend of audience interaction, animated story-telling and quick wit.

In 2011, he entered the ITV stand-up comedy contest Show Me the Funny, beating off stiff competition to be crowned the winner, which led to the release of his debut DVD Patrick Monahan Live, and appearances on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and the ITV celebrity diving show Splash!

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