AJ and Curtis Pritchard are to star in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 2021 festive panto.
The dancers will appear in the production of Cinderella running from 4 December.
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ will play Prince Charming while Dancing With The Stars pro will play Dandini, his right hand man.
As well as their respective dancing appears, the pair’s TV appearances have included I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Love Island and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The pair will soon be seen joining the cast of Hollyoaks.
AJ said: “I am so excited to be appearing in Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this Christmas. For performers everywhere, it has been devastating that theatres have been closed for so long and with such a limited amount of live performance opportunities.
“So what better way to celebrate entertainment being back than a trip to the panto where the whole family can get together again? There is such a good feeling to this show and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re back doing what we love the most and so excited for friends, family and theatre-goers to experience the magic of panto again.”
Curtis added: “I’m delighted to be playing Dandini in Cinderella. I have appeared in pantomime before but this is the first time AJ and I have appeared together so it’s really exciting. The past year has been extremely unusual and therefore it’s great to have something to look forward to and know that the year is going to end on a high.
“AJ and I have been dusting off our dancing shoes so expect some big dance numbers in the show! We can’t wait to get started.”
Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre commented: “We are thrilled to welcome AJ and Curtis to Wolverhampton for our pantomime. Between them, they will bring so much to the show with their infectious personalities and incredible dancing talent. They are such naturals on stage with undeniable showmanship, making them favourites with the whole family.
“This show will have something for everyone – think of a West End musical, that is the scale! The plans are dazzling and I’m very excited to share with you our new Wolverhampton panto!”
Postponed from last year, Cinderella will run Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022 with tickets on sale now at grandtheatre.co.uk.
The show will be produced by Imagine Theatre, in partnership with Wolverhampton Grand.