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Mickey Rooney to star in North panto

Veteran Hollywood star Mickey Rooney is to appear in panto.

Veteran Hollywood star Mickey Rooney is to appear in panto.

The 86-year-old will play Baron Hardup in Cinderella in Sunderland.

During a stellar movie career, Rooney appeared opposite the likes of Judy Garland and Lana Turner.

He will share the stage at the Sunderland Empire with Les Dennis and former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, from Gateshead, her husband, Andy Scott-Lee, and ex-Emmerdale actor Dale Meeks.

Rooney's wife, Jan, will play the Fairy Godmother.

It will be Rooney's panto debut.

The legendary star received an honorary Oscar in 1983 for a career spanning 50 years. He was also given a special juvenile Oscar in 1939.

He recently appeared in the Ben Stiller comedy Night At The Museum.

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