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Bonnie Lythgoe is ‘so happy’, cheered as she left the jungle on I’m A Celeb

BONNIE Lythgoe cheered as she was voted out of the South African jungle. The former dancer and choreographer tonight became the third latest star kicked off I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! “Yes, I knew it I’m packed,” Lythgoe told her campmates. “I’m honestly so happy. I just knew, honestly.” It’s the half way mark at three weeks with viewer voting relegating the final three to Lythgoe, Jo Beth Taylorand Havana Brown. “This is the closest votes we

Magda Szubanski’s wicked panto queen steals Snow White show

Pantomime is all about loud and frequent audience feedback. Which is why, no doubt, free lolly bags were being distributed to the youngsters on this opening night. Lights down and 10 minutes into the sugar rush, the kids were bouncing off the walls and in full voice for this larky version of the Snow White story padded with pop songs, audience patter and the time-worn rituals of panto. [caption id="attachment_1155" align="alignnone" width="300"] Panto villain: The queen was soundly booed. P

Real Housewives of Melbourne’s Gina Liano to star in Cinderella pantomime

SHE’S dabbled in Celebrity Apprentice, had a run on Neighbours and now Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano is about to try her hand as a wicked stepmother. Liano will appear in the family pantomime Cinderella at the State Theatre in July but doesn’t believe her character will be a stretch. “She’s a bit sassy and a bit mean, but she’s attractive, of course, ­because they’ve cast me,” Liano said. But Liano is also prepared for the inevitable booing from the audienc

Aladdin magic inspires Bonnie’s winter panto

BONNIE Lythgoe plans to take audiences on a magic carpet ride, when she stages her second winter pantomime in Sydney. Just off a plane from Los Angeles, Lythgoe told the Sunday Telegraph that she will produce Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp at the State Theatre next July. The production will build on the success of Snow White, which she presented this year with a celebrity-studded cast led by Magda Szubanski as the Wicked Queen. “There’s so much magic about Aladdin, it’s one of my f

British pantomime ready to take Sydney by storm

There are few compensations for living through a British winter. One of them is the traditional Christmas pantomime. In towns and cities up and down the land, producers compete with each other for the stories and celebrities that will ensure boisterous houses in theatres from November to January every year. [caption id="attachment_1138" align="alignnone" width="620"] Pre-recording: Sir Cliff Richard in London this year recording his role of Mirror Enchanted for the pantomime. Photo: San Sh
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