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'EastEnders' star Shane Richie joins 'Cinderella' pantomime

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Shane Richie has become the latest EastEnders star to be confirmed for a stint in pantomime later this year.

The actor, who plays Walford's Alfie Moon, has signed up for Cinderella at the Cliffs Pavilion theatre in Southend.

Richie will be portraying the role of Buttons in the production from December 21, 2012 to January 6, 2013, the Brentwood Gazette reports.

The 48-year-old previously appeared in Aladdin at the same venue last Christmas.

In a statement, Richie said that he is delighted to be heading back to Southend, commenting: "The people of Essex are my kind of people - out for a fun time."

Meanwhile, theatre director Ellen McPhillips advised early bookings for the show, saying: "Last year was so successful that we are already way ahead of the usual ticket sales for this time of year."

Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell), Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and former cast member Cheryl Fergison (Heather Trott) are also appearing in pantomime this year. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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