Ben is dreaming of a Hastings Christmas

Ben Watson. �Richard Davenport
Ben Watson. �Richard Davenport

With Louie Spence already announced as the top of the bill in this year’s White Rock Theatre pantomime, there is more good news for Sussex audiences as the theatre announces the return of comedy front-man Ben Watson to their Christmas show. Ben will play Wishee Washee in this year’s family-friendly production of Aladdin.

Ben has become a familiar face on the Hastings pantomime stage, last year playing Simple Simon in Dick Whittington, sharing the stage with Benidorm star Sheila Reid, and Christmas 2012 saw him play Smee in Peter Pan – sidekick to Paul Nicholas’ Captain Hook.

Ben trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has performed extensively across the UK and in Japan in classic plays, musicals and pantomime. His film and TV credits include In Mix, Heroes and Villains and Ten Minutes.

The show’s executive producer Daryl Back said: “Ben has become very much part of the pantomime in Hastings, with audiences loving his cheeky humour and boundless energy.

“Having received so many requests from audience members for his return, we were absolutely delighted when Ben agreed to join us for a third season.”

Talking about his return to pantomime in Hastings Ben said: “I’m dreaming of a Hastings Christmas, just like the ones I used to know like last year and the year before that! I’m very excited and honoured to be invited back for a third year. Christmas at The White Rock rocks! It’s starting to be a bit of a tradition, the stunning sunsets by the pier, packed houses full of schools and families and of course and most importantly, the weekly curry night with the cast and crew. I really can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.”

Aladdin is staged at the White Rock Theatre from Friday, December 12 to Sunday, December 28. For tickets and information visit