The Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon has announced an impressive all-star line-up for this year’s annual family pantomime, Aladdin.
Britain’s Got Talent star Robert White will be driving the comedy as Aladdin’s loveable brother Wishee Washee, whilst X Factor singer Sam Callahan takes on the title role of cheeky hero Aladdin. They are joined by Ian Parkin from 4 Poofs and a Piano as the ultimate Dame, Widow Twankey, and completing the glittering star cast is national treasure Brian Blessed who will be lending his instantly recognisable timbre to voice the magical Genie of the Lamp.
Comedian Robert White shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 winning over both the judges and the public alike. With his trademark wooly vests, the quirky comic impressed with his offbeat humour, impeccable timing and some fantastically rude songs about the famous judges, narrowly missing out to Lost Voice Guy in the closely-fought final. As a high-profile performer with autism, his success has helped to dispel many popular misconceptions surrounding people with Asperger’s as being antisocial or total introverts. He recently brought his chaotic and hilarious musical stand-up show to the Spotlight Theatre as part of a 31-date tour throughout the UK receiving great critical and popular acclaim.
Singer Sam Callahan grabbed the nation’s attention as a fresh-faced contestant on Series 10 of The X Factor back in 2013. Mentored by Louis Walsh, he reached a respectable 7th place in the hit TV competition using the experience as a platform to launch a successful music career. Recent years have seen Sam as a regular theatre performer touring the UK alongside fellow X Factor alumni Joe McElderry in Saturday Night at the Movies and most recently alongside The One and Only Chesney Hawkes in a new production of Godspell.
Best known as one quarter of 4 Poofs And A Piano, Ian Parkin spent nine years as part of the beloved house band on the BAFTA and Comedy Award winning Friday Night with Jonathan Ross show with the quartet still performing regularly to this day. A celebrated West End performer, his many credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie to name but a few.
With an already-impressive star cast, The Spotlight Theatre has pulled out all the stops and secured national treasure Brian Blessed to voice the Genie of the Lamp. Although the well-loved actor will not appear live on stage, his legendary and unmistakable booming voice will bring life to a spectacular 6-foot puppet granting Aladdin’s wishes as the mystical Genie.
Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “Aladdin will be Hoddesdon’s starriest panto yet and I am delighted to have such a multi-talented array of popular performers under one roof. The audience are in for a real treat this Christmas.”
With a glittering all-star cast, sumptuous costumes and awe-inspiring scenery along with plenty of song, dance, laughter and traditional pantomime mayhem, mischief and plenty of opportunity for audience interaction, Aladdin is a not-to-be missed festive treat that all the family will enjoy.
Aladdin runs from Friday 13th to Tuesday 31st December 2019. Tickets are on sale now via www.broxbourne.gov.uk/panto and at the Box Office on 01992 441 946.