News broke early this morning, confirmed later in the day, that Lee is returning to panto-land this winter after his hugely successful panto debut in Jack and the Beanstalk at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in 2012. This time, he's travelling further west, to the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, where he will be robbing the rich and giving to the poor as Robin Hood.
Lee shares the stage once more with Nigel Havers as the Sheriff of Nottingham and will also be joined by Bobby Davro as Will Scarlett. Robin Hood is staged by the world's largest producer of pantomimes, QDOS Entertainment, and the theatre's press release urges audiences to: "Get ready for a sheriff-busting, arrow-shooting, tights-wearing, hog-roasting extravaganza!"
Jonathan Kiley, Executive Producer of Robin Hood said:
"We are delighted to have put together such a fabulous cast for this year's Theatre Royal pantomime. Plymouth audiences can look forward to an unmissable production packed full of action, adventure, and an abundance of comedy. Featuring plenty of glitz and glamour along with sensational musical numbers and fabulous sets and costumes, this is pantomime at its best!"
Adrian Vinken OBE, Theatre Royal Chief Executive said:
"Every year our pantomime is always an important highlight here at the Theatre Royal. This year will be a bit special though because of our major redevelopment and relaunch of the theatre. So we've been looking to make this year's panto that extra bit special. We believe we've managed to do that with our new production of Robin Hood with the triple headline billing of Nigel Havers, Lee Mead and Bobby Davro."
[Ticket and show details now removed.]