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Wayne Sleep to star in Aladdin pantomime at the Cambridge Arts Theatre

By Alex Spencer

Wayne Sleep
Wayne Sleep

World famous ballet dancer, choreographer and TV personality Wayne Sleep will lead the cast of Aladdin at this year's family pantomime.

Andy Abraham
Andy Abraham

Sleep, who is best known for his legendary career at the Royal Ballet, will be taking the role of Abanazar.

Another big name to join the cast is stage and television actress Liza Goddard as the Empress, who returns to Cambridge following her Arts Theatre appearance as Fairy Beansprout in 2017’s Jack and the Beanstalk.

They will be joined by Cambridge’s number one pantomime dame, Matt Crosby, who will take centre stage as Widow Twankey, in his thirteenth pantomime at the Arts Theatre.

Suzie Mathers makes a welcome return to Cambridge as the Princess, following her role as the title character in 2015’s Cinderella. A world-class theatrical performer, Mathers is best known for her acclaimed role as Glinda the Good Witch in the Australian, Asian and London productions of Wicked.

Holly Easterbrook
Holly Easterbrook

A spokesperson for the theatre said this would be “the biggest and best Christmas show in town, presented with the Arts Theatre’s trademark blend of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, dazzling costumes and classic panto jokes”.

Andy Abraham will make his Arts Theatre debut in the role of the Genie. Abrahams rose to fame on the world-famous TV show X Factor in 2005.

With his soulful voice and down to earth personality audiences branded him the ‘voice of the people’. He has since released four albums and performed in theatre hits including the West End’s Respect La Diva and Godspell.

Completing the cast are Holly Easterbrook (Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington) as our fortune seeker Aladdin and ventriloquist Max Fulham makes his debut in Cambridge as Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee.

Liza Goddard
Liza Goddard

Aladdin is directed by Phil Clark, who boasts over 40 years’ experience as a professional theatre director and writer. His previous productions include Horrible Histories Live on Stage, Roald Dahl stage adaptations The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine as well as numerous pantomimes across the country. Aladdin opens on Thursday, November 29 and runs until Sunday, January 6, 2019.

For full information and ticket prices visit cambridgeartstheatre.com.


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