Stars officially launch Darlington Hippodrome panto

Louie Spence, Zoe Birkett and Liam Mellor made a brief visit to the Darlington Hippodrome on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 to officially launch “Aladdin” – this year’s festive family pantomime.

Television personality, presenter and choreographer Louie Spence will be starring in the panto as the Spirit of the Ring, alongside Zoe Birkett as the beautiful Princess Jasmine and Liam Mellor as Wishee Washee.

Louie Spence pirouetted into the nation’s consciousness thanks to the overwhelming success of Sky One’s “Pineapple Dance Studios” and “Louie Spence’s Showbusiness”.

 In addition to his television experience Louie has enjoyed an extensive stage career appearing in Miss Saigon and Cats and danced alongside Take That and the Spice Girls.

Louie will play the Spirit of the Ring in Aladdin, his ninth foray into pantomime, bringing with him the high kicks and high jinks he’s best known for.

West End leading lady and Darlington-born Zoe Birkett returns to the Darlington Hippodrome having played the Wicked Queen in last year’s pantomime, a role for which she was nominated for Best Female Villain at this year’s Great British Pantomime Awards.

Having been propelled to fame by entering Pop Idol in 2002, Zoe quickly solidified her reputation as a stunning vocalist, actress, presenter and pantomime star.

Her stage roles include Diva in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Palace Theatre, lead vocalist in “What a Feeling”, “Respect La Diva” and “Thriller Live” in London’s West End.

She went on to star as Rachel Marron in the critically-acclaimed UK tour of “The Bodyguard” in the role made famous by the late Whitney Houston and is currently starring in the UK tour of “Rock of Ages”.

Also back for more is Liam Mellor, who is highly sought after on the comedy circuit and in the world of pantomime where he delights audiences with his infectious, ‘cracking’ humour every year.

The star cast line-up is completed by Robin Askwith as the evil Abanazar, while Eric Potts returns in the role of Widow Twankey.

“Aladdin” flies into Darlington Hippodrome from Saturday, December 8th, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

For further details about the show and to book, visit the Darlington Hippodrome website or call the box office on 01325 405405.

Source: Darlington Hippodrome

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