EastEnders ‘Dot Cotton’ gives ‘Nasty Nick’ surprise on stage in Eastbourne panto

June Brown, John Altman and Christ Jordan
June Brown, John Altman and Christ Jordan

EASTENDERS Dot Cotton, June Brown, made her Eastbourne pantomime debut on Sunday as Eastbourne’s famous panto ended with a unique one-off performance of Robin Hood.

This ‘final fling’ always features a selection of pranks and surprises played on the cast and this year was no exception.

The evening’s surprises included Jack and the Beanstalk’s Simple Simon and Clarabell the Cow invading the stage, unexpected song changes and characters going ‘missing’ during scenes. But the biggest surprise of all was played on this year’s baddie, John Altman, best known as EastEnders Nasty Nick Cotton, who for one night only was reunited with his onscreen ma – June Brown aka Dot Cotton!

Television legend June, who has long been terrorised by her onscreen son in EastEnders, finally got her own back on ‘Nasty Nick’ and stole the show at the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Audience members are asked to play along with the gags which are played on the cast members, but even this surprise appearance was kept a secret from them.

Her distinctive voice was heard from off-stage, which the cast thought was the big surprise, but this was then followed by her onstage appearance - which caused jaws to be drop onstage and a huge reaction from the near-capacity filled theatre.

Audience members travel from far and wide to come to this ever popular final performance, which has taken on a life of its own for pantomime director Chris Jordan, who each year arranges bigger and better surprises for the cast. What will next year bring?!