Ex-EasterEnder Barry to star in King’s Lynn panto

KL pantomime The Adventures of Robin Hood with Ian Marr as Dame Double Top and Shaun Williamson as the Sheriff of Nottingham ANL-150422-182719001
KL pantomime The Adventures of Robin Hood with Ian Marr as Dame Double Top and Shaun Williamson as the Sheriff of Nottingham ANL-150422-182719001
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This year’s festive pantomime at Lynn Corn Exchange will again have an EastEnders flavour – with Shaun Williamson heading the cast.

Williamson, fondly remembered as the loyal yet hapless and bumbling car dealer Barry Evans, takes the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in The Adventures of Robin Hood which opens on Thursday, December 10.

He follows in the footsteps of Todd Carty (Mark Fowler in the soap), Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) and John Altman (Nick Cotton) who have all starred in Lynn pantomimes.

Williamson quit playing Barry Evans in 2004 after a decade in Albert Square – coming to an untimely end when pushed off a cliff by his faithless wife Janine.

He has also starred in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC hit comedy show Extras and Life’s Too Short.

Pantomime at the Corn Exchange is now in its sixth year after five increasingly successful years working with Jordan Productions and back by overwhelming demand for his sixth year as director – and this year playing Dame Double Top – is Ian Marr.

Nina McKenna, the Corn Exchange’s head of programming and marketing, said: “We are very excited to announce Shaun as the star of this year’s panto, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him to King’s Lynn.

“Shaun has a wealth of on stage experience and will be an excellent Sheriff of Nottingham.”

Full professional cast details will be announced very soon.

The pantomime is sponsored by J & K Glass in association with KL.FM and The Adventures of Robin Hood will be staged at Lynn Corn Exchange from Thursday, December 10, to Sunday, January 3.

Tickets are on sale now and it’s possible to take advantage of an early bird offer by booking before July 1 to get tickets for £16; call 01553 764864 or go online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk