Stevens on Shows Column: The stars are out for panto season

Nancy Stevens previews Aladdin, which features Joe Pasquale and Lee Mead, as the flying carpet makes its way to MK Theatre…

Panto Press season began back in the summer and I had the pleasure of interviewing the stars of both ATG theatre pantos and these will be broadcast on my brand-new podcast, Stevens on Sunday.

In MK, it was a total dream to meet Joe Pasquale who is nothing like he appears on screen and I caught up with previous interviewees too.

These included the delightful Lee Mead (who remembered me from three years ago!) and, at the stunning Waddesdon Manor hosted by The Waterside Aylesbury, I chatted to Andy Collins, La Voix (who had me in paroxysms of laughter, as usual) and my pal, Michael Quinn.

Hop aboard the flying carpet and get ready to join Milton Keynes Theatre in Aladdin from 7th December-12th January for this year’s wish-filled, pantomime in Old Peking!

It’s going to be a spectacular adventure combined with a beautiful love story, set against the wicked ambitions of a scary magician.

Pasquale, star of stage, reality TV and comedy, will lead the cast as Wishee Washee, Aladdin’s hapless brother. Any Dream Will Do winner and Casualty star, Mead plays the hero, Aladdin, and there is nothing like a dame, as David Robbins, the fragrant Widow Twankey, well knows.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s enchanting family pantomime, Beauty & the Beast is on from 7th December to 12th January.

Andy Collins, (Louis Pot et Pan), BBC 3 Counties Breakfast presenter and the leading warmup artist on The Chase, BGT and Strictly, teams up for the 5th year with Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, star, La Voix (Polly Pot et Pan).

West End star, Michael Quinn plays Hugo Pompidou alongside Amelia Adams Pearce (Belle) and EastEnders, Danny Walters (playing Beast). NB Take a brolly. You’ll have the best time this Christmas – oh yes you will!

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This feature was published in the December 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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