MAGICAL pantomime Aladdin looks set to be a huge hit at Redditch Palace Theatre with more than 14,000 tickets have already been sold.
The all-star-cast, including Strictly’s Robin Windsor and musical theatre’s Michael Auger, will see the curtains go up on Monday, December 10 for the show’s opening night.
Robin, who plays much-loved character the Genie, said: “It will be my last panto in the UK.
“I’m looking forward to going out with a bang and putting on one of my best ever performances for the people of Redditch.”
Thiss will be the second panto where Robin has played the Genie and he says he can’t wait to magically bring the character to life again.
“My character is known for his magic and flamboyant costumes which suits my own personality perfectly,” he said.
For the last two months the cast have been busy rehearsing and are now eager for opening night to arrive.
Michael Auger, who plays Aladdin, said: “I’m excited for our first performance.
“It will be my second pantomime and I’m really looking forward to showing people what I can do.”
Michael is a successful musical theatre star and came to fame when he won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 with top boy-band Collabro.
The group met in early 2014 above a pub in London for their first ever rehearsal.
Only a month later they went on to perform at the Apollo in front of Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges.
“I’m going to make sure I bring a huge amount of energy to the role,” he said.
“I grew up binge-watching Disney movies and in particular Aladdin, so it will be a real honour to bring this cheeky-chappy to life.
“The audience can look forward to incredible music, dancing and a whole lot of fun.”
To complete the line-up – Darren Clewlow-Smith will play Abanazar, Louise Cannon will take on the iconic role of Princess Jasmine and Hattie Parker plays the Spirit of the Ring.
Returning to the Palace Theatre is Simon Howe, as comical Widow Twankey, and Jordan Newman and Samuel Quick who play the Policemen.
A spokesperson for Redditch Palace Theatre said: “With this brilliant line-up, lavish scenery and costumes, good old fashioned slapstick, memorable music and modern choreography, this production will have something for all ages.”
Aladdin will run until January 6, 2019.
For tickets and more information head to www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/aladdin