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Swansea Grand Theater has announced that Strictly glitter ball winner and Victim Joining this year’s panto cast will be favorite Joe McFadden and Swansea West End leading lady Hayley Gallivan.

They join previously announced Kev Johns and Matt Edwards in this year’s Pantomime Beauty and the Beast spectacular, which runs from December 14, 2022 to January 15, 2023.

Joe McFadden is best known for his portrayal of trauma surgeon Raf DiLucca in the BBC hospital drama Victim and as the glittering winner of the glittering ball trophy on Come dance strictly in 2017.

Among his many TV credits are Heartbeat, Cranford, The Crow Road, Sex Chips and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Judge John Deed. Joe is no stranger to performing as he has appeared in Priscilla, queen of the desert, praise, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many others including the most recent The mirror cracked.

He performed in pantomime across the UK to also appear in the Old Vic’s Aladdin with Sir Ian Mckellan and says: “There is nothing better than the panto to bring community and family together – it unites people in the best possible way. It’s going to be the best night and I can’t wait to meet the crowd in Swansea.”

Welsh Musical Theater Singer of the Year (2005) Hayley Gallivan will join Joe on stage in the title role of Belle. The West End leading lady has appeared on shows such as Oliver, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grease, Spring Awakening and on standby Elphaba in Nasty.

Born and raised in Swansea, Hayley is a huge panto fan and tells us her love of theater and performance began as a child watching pantomime at Swansea Grand.

She said: “I love being in Swansea, it’s my home, so being back here at Christmas doing what I love with such an amazing cast is going to be really special”

This year marks a new partnership between Imagine Pantomimes and the Swansea Grand Theater which will present a brand new production which, alongside all your favorite panto ingredients, will feature spectacular LED screens and animation.

Swansea Grand Theater manager Grant McFarlane says of the show: “What a Christmas cracker of a cast. This year’s panto is going to be a fabulous festive treat with its dynamic digital effects, animation and tons of fun and frivolity. Don’t have a bestial Christmas; book your tickets today.

When an arrogant prince is condemned to live like a beast, his only hope of salvation is to find love before the last petal falls from a magic rose. When the pretty village girl, Beauty, comes into his life, is this the chance he’s been waiting for?

Beauty and the Beast is sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a host of hilarious and furry characters; so book your tickets now and find out if Beauty can see beyond appearances and learn to love a beast!

Tickets are on sale now at

(Main image: Swansea Grand Theatre)

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