The Only Way is Essex star who is scheduled to be in panto this month failed to make the weekend performances after also missing the opening night on Thursday, December 13.

The Argus reported that Mario Falcone had failed to show for the opening night on Thursday of the Worthing Pavilion Theatre’s Wizard of Oz production because of “filming commitments”.

The 24-year-old also missed this weekend’s performances leaving fans “angry” and “disappointed”.

Becky Paine, 40, from Durrington, bought tickets for her daughter especially to see Mario.

She said: “I’ve never called a newspaper before but I’m just so angry.

“The only reason most people were there was because he was in it. The boys wanted to take the mic and the girls were there to flutter their eyelids at him.

“I understand that he has filming commitments, but the lady at the theatre told me that he only has one line on stage anyway.

“I think it is really misleading because he is on all the posters and has been marketed as star of the show “My daughter was devastated.”

Mario’s manager, Mark Thomas, said that his client should be in Worthing for today.

A spokeswoman for Worthing Theatres told The Argus that disgruntled fans could get in touch to arrange for tickets later in the month.

Call the theatre on 01903 206206.

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