Jason Donovan is to make his panto debut in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Produced by Qdos Entertainment, Birmingham Hippodrom's 2020 panto has announced its star casting with tickets on sale now here.
Australian actor, singer and much-loved personality Jason Donovan will make his pantomime debut in the production.
He will join returning favourite Matt Slack on the cast.
In Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jason will play the Evil Ringmaster, the rival circus owner who threatens to bring down Dame Betty Barnum’s Big Top and steal the loveable three bears.
It's the first time the circus-themed pantomime will have been performed at the Hippodrome since 1997, with set, scenery and special effects from last Christmas’ London Palladium production.
Jason Donovan said: "I’m absolutely honoured to have been asked to take part in the Hippodrome panto, and to work with Michael Harrison once again is going to be a lot of fun.
"As one of the biggest and best pantomimes in the country I cannot wait to get started with Matt Slack and the team."
Jason Donovan rose to fame in the UK for his role in Australian soap Neighbours before going on to top the charts with his music, including iconic duet Especially For You with his Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue.
His stage credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Sweeney Todd and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Fiona Allan, Birmingham Hippodrome Artistic Director and Chief Executive said: "Every year we strive to bring Birmingham audiences a spectacular pantomime featuring some of the biggest and best names in entertainment.
"Jason Donovan’s pantomime debut is a huge coup for Birmingham and the theatre, we look forward to welcoming audiences this festive season for what is sure to be the greatest show on earth."
Goldilocks and the Three Bears plays at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday, December 19, 2020 until Sunday, January 31, 2021.
For tickets and more information visit the theatre box office.