By now I'm sure most panto fans will be aware that my dear friend and comedy partner Andy Gray will not be joining us in Beauty and the Beast. He is unfortunately not well enough to perform 86 shows, which is gruelling for anyone. We all wish him a speedy recovery and I'm in touch with him regularly. He is in great spirits (not Prosecco) and jokes with us all the time. It will be very strange not having him on stage with us. Those jowels will be sorely missed. Not to mention his little fat legs. He is determined to be back for the Big Big Variety show at the end of February. I have now cast the show and as well as Grant I have Kev Orchian returning, the very funny Mandy Mundan (BGT finalist) and the fantastic Soul Nation. I think the Mac Roberts will be returning as well. So I'm looking forward to that happening without any interruptions from the Beast from the East. Ok I'll no doubt be back when we start the show to tell you how it's all going.