Kelvin Fletcher dropped out of regional panto for Strictly Come Dancing experience

Kelvin and Oti Mabuse

Kelvin Fletcher has been partnered with Oti Mabuse (Picture: BBC)

Kelvin Fletcher may have stepped in for Jamie Laing on Strictly Come Dancing but the Emmerdale star meant he was forced to pull out of panto this Christmas.

The soap star was scheduled to play the titular role St Helens Theatre Royal performance of Aladdin from 7 December until 12 January but the theatre has now confirmed another Strictly star will take his place.

We are delighted to announce that Strictly Come Dancings Robin Windsor will be waltzing on to our stage in the title role of Aladdin this Christmas, shared the theatre on FaceBook.

The dance professional replaces the previously announced former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, who has joined this years Strictly line-up as a late addition after Jamie Laing had to withdraw due to injury.

Catch Robin and all our wonderful cast when Aladdin flies in to Theatre Royal from Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan.

Robin Windsor

The soap star was scheduled to play the titular role St Helens Theatre Royal performance of Aladdin (Picture: Facebook)

The actor recently revealed how he was given one hour to decide whether he wanted to replace Jamie Laing, when the reality star was forced to quit due to an injury.

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I didnt anticipate this at all, Kelvin told Radio Times of his sudden casting.

I suddenly received a call from my agent offering me the chance to do Strictly and I had to make the decision within an hour or two.

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He added: I was doing a different job towards the end of the year so I had to change my plans, but iRead More – Source