Stars to shine in Aladdin

Christopher Biggins stars in Aladdin

Christopher Biggins stars in Aladdin

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The stars will come out for Nottingham Theatre Royal’s latest panto, Aladdin.

The eagerly-awaited family show runs from Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, January 10.

Leading the cast of this year’s spectacular panto is Christopher Biggins, in the role of Widow Twankey. Christopher has previously entertained pantomime audiences in Nottingham in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal in 2006.

Christopher Biggins has enjoyed a hugely successful career in television, film and theatre. His countless TV appearances include being crowned King of the Jungle on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, winner of Celebrity Come Dine with Me on Channel 4 as well as making regular appearances on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. He has established himself as one of the country’s most popular pantomime performers having honed his onstage skills in pantomime throughout his career.

Pop sensation Simon Webbe makes his pantomime debut in Nottingham in the title role of Aladdin. Simon is best known for being a member of the chart-topping boy band Blue. Between 2005 and 2009 the band took a break, which saw Simon launch his own solo albums and singles as well as writing songs. Simon’s career has also seen him take to the West End stage in Sister Act the Musical and he was a runner-up in Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Nottingham pantomime stalwart and funny man Ben Nickless returns for his third consecutive pantomime at the Theatre Royal. Ben’s talent has seen him become a firm favourite with Nottingham audiences over the years and this Christmas he will play Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee.

Jonathan Kiley, executive producer of Aladdin said: “Following a record-breaking show last Christmas we couldn’t wish for a more talented headline cast for

this year’s panto. The combination of our superb line-up alongside the Theatre Royal’s hallmark of outstanding value-for-money and unmissable entertainment for all ages, makes Aladdin a must-see pantomime this Christmas.”

Robert Sanderson, managing director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham added: “Aladdin will be a landmark pantomime for us as it will signify a century and a half of Christmas productions here at the Theatre Royal.”

Aladdin is staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer.

Tickets can be booked on 0115 989 5555 or online at www.trch.co.uk