Latest news / 5 March, 2019



The Churchill Theatre is delighted to announce that stage legend Christopher Biggins will be dusting off his frocks and leading the cast of this year’s spectacular Bromley pantomime, Aladdin, with the magic beginning on Saturday 7 December.

A mainstay of entertainment for a number of decades, Biggins made his pantomime debut aged just 17 in his home town of Salisbury before forging a highly successful career in show business. Best known for his numerous iconic television appearances, Biggins appeared opposite the late Ronnie Barker in the iconic BBC sitcom Porridge, held roles in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, appeared alongside Michael Crawford in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and played Nero in the critically acclaimed dramatisation of I, Claudius.

Despite his serious roles, and never one to not entertain, Biggins is also known and well-loved for his hosting credits, including co-hosting Surprise, Surprise, On Safari, appearing on numerous celebrity specials and as King of the Jungle having won ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2007. On stage he has starred as The Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, played Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and the Baron in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End. He also narrated the live stage tour of The Rocky Horror Show, based on the cult film in which he also appeared.

It is pantomime for which Biggins is best-known and most-loved, entertaining thousands of festive theatregoers every year since he began his regular panto appearances in the mid-80s. From Glasgow to Plymouth, Biggins has donned a host of outrageous frocks and had audiences in stitches across the UK ever since, starring alongside the likes of David Hasselhoff, Patsy Kensit, Simon Callow, Bonnie Langford, Cannon and Ball and even Basil Brush.

Produced once again by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind the annual Churchill pantomime, Executive Producer Jonathan Kiley said: “We’re delighted that Biggins will be starring as the iconic Widow Twankey in this year’s production of Aladdin. Not only is he pantomime royalty and a stalwart of the art form, he’s hilariously funny, a wonderful Dame and guaranteed to bring lots of laughter to the role and help make this season even more magical.”

Chris Glover, Theatre Director at the Churchill Theatre, added, “All of the Churchill Theatre staff are thrilled that Christopher Biggins has agreed to return to the stage in the role of Widow Twankey in Aladdin this Christmas. Having had an illustrious panto career that has spanned over five decades, we cannot wait to welcome Biggins to Bromley!”

Featuring a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and the timeless tale of the Twankey family, tickets are already on sale, and with further casting to be announced, audiences should hop aboard their flying carpets and head to the Churchill Theatre to be among the first to book for this year’s must-see, genie-us Bromley panto!