Panto lead struck by Cupid’s arrow

Chesterfield launches it's 2011 Panto Robin Hood
Chesterfield launches it's 2011 Panto Robin Hood

CUPID’S arrow struck when panto principal Alex Marshall set sights on his leading lady.

Alex, who was cast as Robin Hood, was left all of a quiver by Canadian actress Carling Connor, who was playing Maid Marion.

“We met last year in Grays, Essex, in panto and spent a lot of time together,” he said. “As I spent more time with her, I realised it was going to be marriage.

“I got down on one knee and proposed in our favourite restaurant in London. We met in November and we were married in July,” he said.

Loved-up Alex, 28, will be bringing his bride to Chesterfield in a few weeks when they both start rehearsing for this year’s panto, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, at the Pomegranate.

Relishing the opportunity to play the panto hero again, Alex said. “It is nice to play a character that is dashing.

“One of the high spots of panto is singing a song and having the audience singing it back to you.

“The hardest part is the number of shows and the morning shows. Actors love being in bed in the morning… they don’t like being on stage at 10am.”

Alex who trained at the Guildford School of Acting, is currently touring in Buddy the Musical, which comes to Sheffield from November 21 to 26.