Eastenders star Paul Nicholas to appear in Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime

PUBLISHED: 15:02 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:42 11 October 2016

Dick Whittington at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Dick Whittington at Cambridge Arts Theatre

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Eastenders bad boy Paul Nicholas will swap Walford for Cambridge when he treads the boards in Dick Whittington and his Cat later this year.

Paul Nicholas will play King Rat in the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime Dick WhittingtonPaul Nicholas will play King Rat in the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime Dick Whittington

Fresh from playing on-screen baddie Gavin Sullivan, the BAFTA nominated Just Good Friends star will play the despicable and cunning baddie King Rat at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Speaking of his upcoming role, Paul said: “It’s more fun to play villains than goodies.

“When I was young, I played all the goodies but it’s so much more fun to be booed because you always get a reaction.

“It’s easier to be nasty than nice!”

He added: “Cambridge is a lovely city, it’s a beautiful place to spend a panto season.

“There is a tradition of doing a first-class panto at the Arts Theatre; if you want value for money and an enjoyable time, then this is the best place to come to.”

Paul will be joined by the city’s number one pantomime dame, Matt Crosby, who will play Sarah the Cook alongside Rob Rees as Idle Jack and Holly Easterbrook in the title role of Dick Whittington.

Completing the cast are Daniel Cummins as Tommy the Cat, Rhiannon Porter as Alice Fitzwarren and star of Drop the Dead Donkey, Robert Duncan as Alderman Fitzwarren.

Performing alongside the cast are an all-singing, all-dancing ensemble of professional dancers and 20 local children aged 9 – 13 as ‘Panto Babes’ following open auditions held in September.

Dick Whittington is directed by Carole Todd. A highly experienced director and choreographer, who has worked on musicals in the West End and beyond, including Dreamboats and Petticoats and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Dick Whittington and his Cat opens on Thursday, December 1 and runs until Sunday, January 8, 2017.

For more information, ticket prices and to book visit, cambridgeartstheatre.com.

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