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Panto time is here again… Oh yes it is!

There will be magic and excitement galore this Christmas at the Assembly Hall Theatre when ALADDIN comes to town from Friday 8 December 2017 to Wednesday 3 January 2018

Former EastEnders heart throb MICHAEL GRECO leads the cast as Abanazar, in the classic ‘rags to riches’ tale, featuring a beautiful Princess, magic lamps and a hilarious genie. He played Albert Square’s bad boy Beppe di Marco from 1998 to 2002, a role that saw him win the British Soap Award for Sexiest Male in 1999 and 2000.

An accomplished actor on stage and screen, including lead roles in Chicago, Exposure, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Kiss Me Kate, he recently featured in BBC1’s medical drama Casualty and ITV’s reality shows Celebrity Love Island as well as Soap Star Superstar.

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Following her captivating performance in Britain Got Talent, JESS ROBINSON – the woman of a 1,000 voices will play the role of the Slave of the Ring. The voice of CBBC’s hit show – Horrible Histories, Jess has also voiced adverts for The Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and BBC4.  She is now a favourite on television shows and Edinburgh Fringe performing as Cheryl Cole, Hilary Clinton and Madonna.

Aladdin will be played by CBBC’s presenter MARK RHODES. Winner of 2015 BAFTA Children’s Award as half of Sam & Mark, whose programmes include CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up, Junior Bake Off and family gameshow, Copycats. Mark has also appeared in Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Wipeout and was a runner-up in Pop Idol. 

TOM WHALLEY plays the hilarious PC Pong.  On television, he appeared in the BBC3 series Shoplife. On stage, Tom performed as Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk and also toured the UK in Looking for Oz, played Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at Durham Cathedral.

Also returning to our stage, is CHRIS PIZZEY, who appeared at the Assembly Hall Theatre in panto 9 years ago will be appearing as Wishee Washee.  Chris, known for his appearances in television’s The Basil Brush Show, will be joined by larger than life QUINN PATRICK as he takes to the stage in a glorious flurry of fabulous frocks as Tunbridge Well’s magnificent Panto Dame, Widow Twankey.

ALADDIN is produced by UK Productions in association with the Assembly Hall Theatre, Choreography by Regan Shepherd, Direction by John-Jackson Almond, and Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby.

ALADDIN runs from Friday 8 December ’17 to Wednesday 3 January ’18 with matinee performances on most days. 

Aladdin Assembly Hall Theatre Crescent Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2LU

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