The cast for Cardiff's New Theatre 2020 panto has been announced.
Aladdin has become one of the most popular pantomimes in the UK thanks to its magical story of a young boy who chances upon a wish-granting genie.
As always a star cast will bring the story to life this festive season.
Paul Chuckle will star as the hapless and hilarious brother to Aladdin. Best known as one half of the legendary Chuckle Brothers, the much-loved duo were known to generations of children for their popular prime-time children’s television show Chucklevision, of which more than 290 episodes were made.
Starring in the title role of Aladdin will be pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates. Gareth rose to stardom in 2002 as runner-up in the UK’s first Pop Idol. In a phenomenal career that followed, he has sold more than 3.5 million records in the UK, released three albums and had four UK number one singles.
Alongside his pop career, Gareth has been seen on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and The Big Reunion 2014. Gareth’s theatre career has seen him play the role of Marius in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables for Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the UK tours of Legally Blonde and Boogie Nights.
Local hero and rugby legend Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas returns to the New Theatre pantomime for a fifth season and will play Genie of the Lamp.
The Bridgend-born rugby player is one of the most iconic and respected figures in the sporting world, having played professional rugby for Wales and is one of the most capped Welsh rugby union players in history.
And back for his eighth consecutive pantomime appearance at the New Theatre, the city’s much-loved Dame Mike Doyle will star as the iconic Widow Twankey.
Producers say: "This year’s production promises all the laughter, magic and seasonal entertainment that the city’s audiences have come to expect.
"Aladdin will be packed with a lamp-full of laughter, eye-popping special effects and plenty of boos and hisses the whole family will love."
Aladdin plays at Cardiff's New Theatre from Saturday, December 5, 2020 until Sunday, January 10, 2021.
For tickets and more information visit the theatre box office.