Latest news / 23 March, 2015

With Joe Pasquale and Duncan James starring in Aladdin, Mayflower Theatre’s 3D pantomime will be everything you could wish for

Mayflower Theatre has announced that Joe Pasquale and Duncan James will star in this year’s magical pantomime adventure Aladdin this Christmas.

Comedian, national treasure and stand-out star of ITV’s Dancing On Ice, Joe Pasquale will lead a star cast in the role of Wishee Washee this Christmas. Well-known for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Horton Hears A Who!, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, starred in the West End production of Spamalot, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here; appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and even learned to skate for ITV1’s Dancing On Ice – no mean feat!

Alongside Joe, playing the title role of Aladdin, is singer-songwriter, television presenter, actor and all-round entertainer Duncan James. Best-known as a member of the band Blue, which reformed in 2009 following a four-year break, Duncan has appeared in the West End in Chicago and Legally Blonde, and has appeared on numerous television programmes, including Soapstar Superstar, and Dancing on Ice where he made it to the final. Earlier this year Duncan was seen in a new ITV show Blue Go Mad in Ibiza and he has just been confirmed as starring as Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical which will visit Mayflower Theatre this September.

Aladdin is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, the company behind last year’s record-breaking production of Cinderella starring Brian Conley and Gok Wan. Qdos Entertainment stages productions of West End scale and quality, featuring spectacular effects, stunning costumes and lots of laugh-out-loud humour.

This year’s production will include magical 3D projection, which will provide an up-close and personal meeting with the Genie for pantomime audiences!

Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomimes division Michael Harrison said “Bringing together the comic genius of Joe Pasquale and the talent and voice of Duncan James will guarantee Southampton audiences another spectacular pantomime season. The use of 3D special effects will add a new dynamic to the show and will amaze children and adults alike.”

Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive, Michael Ockwell added, “I am thrilled that Joe Pasquale and Duncan James are joining us for a fun filled four week run of Aladdin this Christmas. Building on the success of Cinderella last year this production with be a must-do for all the family over the holidays, and for those who experienced the 3D in Jack and the Beanstalk a few years ago, you are going to love our 3D genie.”

Tickets for Aladdin (Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – Sunday 3 Jan 2016) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833