Stacey Solomon and Samantha Womack ready for a right royal knees-up at Milton Keynes Theatre

Stacey Solomon is used to dealing with the odd rodent from her time in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here jungle.

And the series 10 winner of the hit ITV show will get plenty of rat-catching practice this Christmas as she goes head-to-head with an army of them at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The 27-year-old Loose Women panellist and X Factor finalist will cast a spell over MK audiences as Fairy Bowbells in the panto Dick Whittington.

And Stacey is looking forward to her panto debut, which will see her lock horns with Eastenders actress Samantha Womack, who is playing the role of the evil Queen Rat.

Stacey said: “I’m so excited to be making my panto debut. I’m a mum of two young children and I know how much they enjoy watching panto so I can’t wait to be part of something that can help make some really special memories. I’m looking forward to being a fairy too, I can’t wait!’

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Samantha Womack, who most of us know as the fiesty Ronnie Mitchell, will be putting on the coveted furry crown and she will be hell-bent on causing trouble.

The 44-year-old is no stranger to panto, but Samantha says it will be more exciting for her this year as MK Theatre is close to her home in Cardington, Bedfordshire – and she’s the baddie!

She said: “I love panto and being the baddie means I get the best and biggest response from the audience… all the boos of course! It will also be lovely for me as Milton Keynes is my local theatre so I’m really looking forward to seeing you all there to join Dick on his big adventure!”

Panto performances run from December 8 to January 15. Call the box office on 0844 8717652.

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