Venue Cymru in Llandudno. North Wales has scored a pantomime try with Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas leading the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime alongside Llandudno favourite John Evans and local comedian Andy Jones.
Bridgend-born Gareth Thomas, known as ‘Alfie’, was the first Welsh rugby player to reach 100 caps and is one of the most iconic and respected figures in world sport. Aladdin mark’s Gareth’s third appearance in pantomime having spent the last two festive seasons starring in Cardiff winning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and will make Aladdin’s wishes come true as the Genie of the Lamp.
Making his 10th consecutive Venue Cymru pantomime appearance, Llandudno’s favourite funny man John Evans is back once again and will star as Aladdin’s hapless brother Wishee Washee. John’s clever comedy has taken him across the world. His long-held affinity with Venue Cymru has delighted panto-goers every year, and this pantomime will be no different.
Joining them in the role of Widow Twankey is North Wales’ comedian Andy Jones, highly regarded as one of the UK’s top comics thanks to his zany humour and superb singing voice. Aladdin mark’s Andy’s thirty-fifth pantomime appearance having now appeared in every major UK venue alongside some of the industry’s most famous stars.
In the title role, and making his Pantomime debut is the ‘blinding’ Luke Higgins, from E4’s Stage School. The cheekiest Aladdin we’ll ever meet, we’re in for a very fun filled festival season.
Aladdin is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and brings the spectacular comedy, music, dancing, scenery and special effects that the Llandudno audiences have come to expect each festive season.
A Spokesperson for Venue Cymru said: ‘We have an excellent company this year and I can see from our Panto launch which we held at Parc Eirias a few weeks ago that the rapport on stage is going to be brilliant – loads of fun for the entire family! Tickets are selling very well, with many performances reaching full capacity.’
Aladdin runs from Saturday 10 – Saturday 31 December 2016