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19:00 Friday 28 November 2014  Written by Luke Matthews

Panto pals Kevin Cruise and Basil Brush to join host of stars in Beauty and the Beast

The actor who created Kevin Cruise is preparing to step into the shoes of the zany cruise ship host once again as panto season returns.

Martin Cabble will star in Beauty and the Beast, alongside Three Degrees singer Shelia Ferguson, recording artist Rhydian, Steven Blakeley and children's favourites Basil Brush and Postman Pat.

The 37-year-old has been busy studying the script in his own unique way as the packed schedule draws nearer.

"I can only learn lines when I'm walking," laughed Martin. "I've been in the park.

"I shout and I holler. I walk, I skip and I run. Whatever it takes. I've always done it.

"Dog walkers stay well away from me!

"We only have 10 days rehearsal, it's complete chaos as soon as it starts.

"It's my fifth time at Theatre Royal Windsor.

"I'm playing the comic lead. This year I'm Willy Doit, the son of the dame called Dotty Doit.

"Basically I'm there to help Belle's father find her when she is kidnapped by the beast.

"It's really fun. You get to do the good bits when you play the comedy lead."

The actor was due to meet up with the rest of the cast for the first time on Monday and said he was excited to work with Shelia Ferguson and his old friend Basil Brush, who he teamed up with again for this year's Maidenhead Christmas lights switch-on.

Martin first visited the Royal Borough during his debut stint at Windsor's theatre and liked the area so much that he quickly relocated to Maidenhead.

Having set up his own production company, Moon on a Stick, and with plans to open a cabaret academy in the area, Martin admitted his alter-ego of Kevin Cruise is slowly becoming secondary to other interests.

"I've been in the business for 16 years," he said.

"Everybody wants to do the singing and the dancing of cabaret, it's getting so much more exciting now.

"I get exhausted performing as Kevin Cruise, I have been doing it for five or six years.

"I have more fun working behind the scenes now."

Beauty and the Beast is at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, from Wednesday, December 3 - Sunday, January 11.

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