The weather may be (finally) heating up, but, Rotherham Theatres are looking towards the fun of the festive period by signing a ‘huge’ name for this year’s panto!
Mark Labbett, better known as “The Beast” on ITV game show The Chase in the UK has been snapped up to star as the evil Abanazar in this year’s production, Aladdin!
Six foot seven inch Mark took up his role in the popular TV show in 2009 and became the sole ‘chaser’ on the show’s American counterpart in 2013. No stranger to the big stage, Mark has appeared twice on Mastermind and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
As Rotherham Theatre’s Manager, Mark Scott, explains, rugby fan Mark is more than ready to ‘tackle’ one of the biggest panto roles going.
“Mark is originally from Newport in Wales, but, since moving to the area, he’s not only become a household name, but also a ‘huge’ fan of the Civic Theatre and I know he’s thrilled to be taking up such an iconic role! “He’s the perfect person to play such a famously imposing character like Abanazar. Mark will be fabulous at bringing the role to life and getting the audience hissing and booing.
“If past shows are anything to go by, this one should be a cracker, especially now we have The Beast on our side. We have a new company producing the show, Shone Productions, who are a genuinely fantastic forward-thinking modern company managed by James Shone, who produces shows with dazzling dance routines, great songs and stunning scripts.
“Also returning this year is a live band, who will be replacing the pre-recorded tunes of the past to bring some real, live atmosphere to the show. We haven’t had a live band in panto for over a decade so it will be a really special occasion and something to look forward to.”
Joining Mark will be Ricky K, who will star in the title role as Aladdin. Ricky recently wowed Simon Cowell with his visual comedy routines in his Britain’s Got Talent audition and subsequent semi final. He’s expecting a similarly rapturous reception from Rotherham audiences when he brings his wacky antics to the Civic stage.
Also joining the cast are West End Star Alexandra Hans as the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and back by popular demand, is Mark Hudson, who brought the theatre to its knees last year as Dame, will return as the famous, and infamous, Widow Twankey.
Mark Scott added: “What we have potentially, is a comedy double act who are going make each show a must see! “I’ve no doubt that with Ricky, the two Marks, the live band and a fresh production, this year will be a special one for panto fans in Rotherham and I can’t wait!”
Tickets for Aladdin are on sale now and can be purchased safely, securely and quickly online.