An impressive all-star line-up for this year’s annual family pantomime, Aladdin, has been announced by the Spotlight, Hoddesdon.
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 will be joined by Ian Parkin, of 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 distinctive timbre to voice the magical Genie of the Lamp.
Comedian Robert White shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, after winning over the judges and the public alike. With his trademark wooly vests, the quirky comic impressed audiences with his offbeat humour, impeccable timing and some fantastically rude songs about the famous judges, narrowly missing out 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. Robert 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 in 2013. Mentored by Louis Walsh, he reached a respectable 7th place, and used the experience as a platform to launch a successful music career. More 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 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 Jonathon Ross show, with the quartet still performing regularly to this day. A celebrated West End performer, his many credits include Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Annie, to name 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 unmistakeable 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 audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas.”
Boasting a glittering all-star cast, sumptuous costumes and awe-inspiring scenery, along with plenty of 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 can enjoy.
Aladdin will run from Friday 13 December to Tuesday 31 December 2019. Members of the public can purchase tickets online at www.broxbourne.gov.uk, or by calling the Box Office on 01992 441946.