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Celebrities line up for pantomime

More than 50 celebrities have agreed to take to the stage this year in a special panto production for charity.

Singer Brian Kennedy, TV presenter Glenda Gilson, model Andrea Roche and a host of RTE and TV3 stars will be among the famous faces in Beauty and the Beast in Dublin's Tivoli Theatre in aid of Cari.

Producer Alan Hughes revealed politicians, sports stars and international names have even been asked to support the children's charity.

"There's a couple of people, huge international names, who are still deciding but we're 99 per cent there," said Alan, who'll return to the stage as Sammy Sausage.

"It's very exciting. We've our fingers crossed for them."

A different celebrity makes their panto debut at each of the 53 shows, which begin on December 14.

Collections will be held for Cari at every show, with the producers also making a donation to the charity.

Alan said while the planning will be a logistical nightmare, he hopes the initiative will raise a lot of money for the cause.

"It's something different and will be a bit of fun," he added.

"They'll all come on as themselves and will get a slagging and have a bit of banter with the audience."

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