Jason Donovan is to make his panto debut in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Australian actor, singer and much-loved personality Jason Donovan will make his pantomime debut in the production, which was originally due to run in 2020.
He will join returning favourite Matt Slack on the cast. Further casting includes Doreen Tipton as Doreen the Lion Tamer, Andrew Ryan as Dame Betty Barnum, Alexia McIntosh as Candy Floss and Samantha Dorrance as Goldilocks. Chief Executive of Crossroads Pantomimes, Michael Harrison, directs.
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.
Birmingham Hippodrome Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Fiona Allan said: “We are delighted to be preparing to welcome back our much anticipated pantomime this December.
“We really felt the absence of pantomime in the 2020 festive season, and we know our audiences did as well, so with such a wonderful cast on board I am sure Goldilocks and the Three Bears will more than make up for a missed year.”
Goldilocks and the Three Bears plays at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday, 18 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022.
For tickets and more information visit the theatre website here.