Jane McDonald has signed on to appear in the ‘Robin Hood’ pantomime on London’s West End.

Jane McDonald has signed on to appear in the Robin Hood pantomime on London’s West End

Jane McDonald has signed on to appear in the Robin Hood pantomime on London’s West End

The 61-year-old TV star, who is best-known for for work on the BBC documentary ‘The Cruise’, will appear at the London Palladium as Maid Marion alongside ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ alum Julian Clary - who will be playing Robin Hood - in a musical rendition of the classic fairytale over the festive period this year.

In a statement, she said: “I am thrilled to be making my debut in the iconic London Palladium panto, one of the highlights of the theatrical year.

“Julian and I are already falling in love off-stage, and we can't wait to bring this to Maid Marion and Robin Hood come Christmas!”

The show, which is due to run from Saturday 7 December 2024 to Sunday 12 January 2025, will also see ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Paul Zerdin, ‘Chariots of Fire’ actor Nigel Havers, ‘Half a Sixpence’s Charlie Stemp and ‘My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)’ star Rob Madge take to the stage, while West End regulars Marisha Wallace and Tosh Wanogho-Maud complete the cast.

Michael Harrison, Producer and Director of all nine London Palladium pantomimes, added: “One of the highlights of my year is bringing together our magnificent London Palladium panto cast and preparing to stage our much-loved Christmas spectacular at London’s home of variety.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Robin and Marion, two of the greatest lovers in history will be played by the wonderful Jane McDonald and Palladium royalty Julian Clary. This is a love story like no other bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Robin Hood’s Camp’.

“Alongside announcing today’s cast, planning is well underway to create the spectacle on stage that we know our Palladium Panto audiences have come to expect, including some of the most jaw-dropping special effects ever seen in the West End, giving the Palladium Pantomime a totally new dimension.”