Mark Jones

Worthing Theatres have announced that due to great popular demand, comedian Mark Jones will return to the Pavilion Theatre this Christmas as Buttons in their traditional family pantomime, Cinderella.

Mark had audiences in stitches last season as Wishee Washee in Worthing Theatres record-breaking production of Aladdin which also starred pop legend Lee Latchford-Evans from STEPS, CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley and award-winning comedian Vikki Stone. The production has been nominated for Pantomime of the Year at the prestigious Great British Pantomime Awards with the winner to be announced in a glittering ceremony at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre this April.

An instant hit with Worthing audiences, Mark’s high energy performance, quick-witted ad libs and playful audience interaction made him a stand-out favourite with both children and adults alike.

Mark Jones as Wishee Washee in Worthing’s 2018 panto, Aladdin

Mark’s career has seen him tour extensively with some of the UK’s most-loved children’s TV characters as the presenter of both The Sooty Show and Rainbow Live! and has taken him all over the world starring alongside entertainment royalty including Julian Clary, Shane Richie, Nigel Havers and David Essex in hit shows such as Boogie Nights, the Musical. He has also written for the hugely popular EntertainmentOne characters Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Worthing audiences have spoken and we’ve listened; they wanted him back and I am delighted to have secured Mark to return as Buttons.”

Mark is the first cast member to be announced for this year’s Cinderella with exciting celebrity casting news to come soon.

This year’s production promises to be more magical than ever with dazzling costumes and scenery, spectacular special effects along with all the well-loved traditional elements of pantomime, an all-star cast and, with Mark Jones back on board, plenty of laughs to keep the whole family entertained.

Cinderella runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 29th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020. Tickets start from £12, with an Early Bird offer of £1 off all tickets available until 19th July.

Golden Week runs from Saturday 30th November to Friday 6th December with all tickets priced between £12 to £18. All evening performances during Golden Week will be followed by a cast meet and greet with photo opportunities plus a free programme for all ticket holders. Tickets are on sale now via www.worthingtheatres.co.uk or at the Box Office on 01903 206 206.