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From 12 December 2015 until 17 January 2016.
28 May 2015
Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor will be swapping the Paso Doble for pantomime this Christmas as he stars in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Venue Cymru, Llandudo. Appearing as The Man in the Mirror he will be bringing his own brand of fleeting fancy footwork to the stage and starring alongside Llandudno favourite John Evans as Muddles.
Having started dancing aged three, professional Latin and Ballroom dancer Robin is best-known for his appearances in the popular BBC series Strictly Come Dancing having appeared on the show since 2010. Robin quickly won legions of fans for his dance and personality and was paired with Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, Lisa Riley, Sarah Cox and Deborah Meaden on television and subsequent live tours. He also won the Children in Need Strictly Special dancing with Susannah Reid.
Robin also spent seven years as cast member on the much-loved ballroom-based production Burn the Floor, on Broadway in 2010 - a show he went on to headline in the West End in 2013 alongside his professional dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. The pair will be touring the UK this summer in a production of Puttin’ on the Ritz in a celebration of the last 50 years of the golden age of Hollywood dance.
Robin Windsor said: “I’m delighted to be making my pantomime debut in Llandudno this Christmas, not only because I love Christmas, but so the Man in the Mirror can sprinkle a bit of Strictly magic for Snow White too.”
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomimes division and executive producer of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs said, “We are delighted that Robin is headlining the cast of North Wales’ biggest pantomime. This action-packed and must-see pantomime will feature an abundance of comedy, sensational singing numbers and a few surprises along the way!”
Robin will be joined by John Evans (in his ninth consecutive appearance at the venue), as well as the finest dame in pantoland, Nigel Ellicott, last seen in Sleeping Beauty in 2013.
Richard Jones, marketing manager for Venue Cymru said: “We are all very excited that Robin will be headlining our panto this year. Tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are already selling incredibly well and this latest casting will certainly up demand. I would urge our patrons to book quickly in order to secure their favourite seats. We have a very family friendly performance schedule and price and are look forward to welcoming panto fans to Venue Cymru again this festive season.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promises all of the ingredients of a classic fairytale – the fairest pantomime of them all!
24 March 2015
Linda Lusardi, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones, Gareth Thomas & Sam Kane
Last year’s New Theatre pantomime Cinderella was such a hit with theatregoers that the stellar cast has been invited back to star in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin. Making a welcome return this season will be Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones, Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas and Sam Kane. Joining them in the title role of Aladdin will be Welsh pop sensation and musical theatre star Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps!
Last year’s New Theatre pantomime Cinderella was such a hit with theatregoers that the stellar cast has been invited back to star in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin. Making a welcome return this season will be Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle,
Andy Jones, Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas and Sam Kane. Joining them in the title role of Aladdin will be Welsh pop sensation and musical theatre star Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps!
Heading this talented line-up is Linda Lusardi who will be assisting Aladdin as the Slave of the Ring. With a successful and varied career in film, television and on the stage, Linda has performed in pantomimes across the country. Linda’s many stage roles include Funny Peculiar, Bedside Manner, Not Now Darling, Pygmalion and Rock with Laughter. As well as many summer seasons and performing in every major pantomime around the country, Linda has appeared on countless television programmes including Celebrity Masterchef, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Dancing On Ice, Loose Women, The Bill, Brookside and in Emmerdale where she played the role of Carrie Nichols.
Ian ‘H’ Watkins upon leaving Steps set about carving out a career in musical theatre and has appeared on the West End stage in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fame and a tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He has made numerous television appearances including the CBBC show Hider in the House, as a contestant on Bargain Hunt Famous Finds, partnered with Connie Fisher, on The Chase and also had a stint as a gymnast on BBC One’s Tumble.
Aladdin wouldn’t be complete without Widow Twankey and New Theatre audiences can look forward to the return visit of Wales’ own Mike Doyle. Mike is a larger-than-life panto veteran whose showmanship, comic timing and rich singing voice score a hit with audiences every time he steps on stage. Having made his panto debut at the New Theatre last year Gareth Thomas returns to tackle a new challenge and make the wishes of Aladdin and his Princess come true in the role of the Genie of the Lamp. Comedian and funny man Andy Jones takes on the part of Wishee Washee. Andy’s talent and natural comedic timing have seen him become a firm favourite with pantomime audiences over the years.
Panto veteran Sam Kane will play the role of the ultimate pantomime baddie, Abanazar. Sam has been a stalwart of musical theatre for many years. Sam not only plays the role of Abanazar but also directs the production.He has appeared in numerous stage shows including Popstar, the West End production of The Rat Pack, Hot Flush!, Simply Ballroom, Carousel, Boogie Nights and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to name but a few. On television he is best known for starring in Brookside, and has also appeared in Hollyoaks, The Royal, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomimes division and executive producer of Aladdin said:
“We couldn’t wish for a more talented cast for the pantomime in Cardiff this Christmas. The combination of our superb line-up alongside the New Theatre’s hallmark of outstanding value-for-money and unmissable entertainment for all ages, makes Aladdin the must-see pantomime this Christmas.”
Grant McFarlane, the New Theatre’s General Manager, said:
“When Cinderella was such a hit with audiences we knew we had to bring back as many of the cast as we could for our next panto. I’m thrilled that Linda, Mike, Gareth, Andy and Sam are all returning and delighted that Ian ‘H’ Watkins will be joining them to make this another unforgettable show.”
Aladdin is staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, and the company behind the New Theatre’s record-breaking production of Cinderella last year. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients of comedy in abundance, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, plenty of boos and hisses and an Aladdin’s cave full of surprises hop onto your magic carpet and get your tickets today to Wales’ number one pantomime. If you ask your genie for just one thing this year, make it a trip to see Aladdin!
Aladdin runs at the New Theatre from Saturday 12 December 2015 to Sunday 17 January 2016. Tickets for this unmissable Christmas show start from as little as £10.50 with offers for families and generous group discounts available. Tickets
can be booked on 029 2087 8889 or online at newtheatrecardiff.co.uk (most bookings subject to a Ticketing Service Charge).