Zoe Birkett and Robin Askwith added to panto line-up

Zoe Birkett and Robin Askwith have been added to the cast for Darlington Hippodrome’s Christmas pantomime of Aladdin.

After wowing audiences as The Wicked Witch in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 2017/2018, Zoe Birkett will return to the Darlington Hippodrome stage as Princess Jasmine.

Zoe Birkett shot to fame when she made the final stages of the TV talent show “Pop Idol” back in 2002 alongside Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh.

Since then, she has had a successful recording career as well as starring in hit musicals including “Thriller Live”, “Priscilla Queen of the Dessert” and, most recently, “The Bodyguard”.

Aladdin - Zoe Birkett & Robin Askwith

Film and television star Robin Askwith completes the line-up as the evil villain, Abanazar.

A regular on the big screen throughout the 70s, Robin Askwith went on to star in numerous television shows including “Public Eye”, “Dixon of Dock Green”, “Z-Cars” and, more recently, “Emmerdale”, “Coronation Street” and “Benidorm”.

His extensive stage work includes the title role in Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” and the Child Catcher in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, as well as a spell in the Southend pantomime of ”Jack & The Beanstalk” in 2017/2018.

Speaking on her return to Darlington Hippodrome, Zoe Birkett said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back home for Christmas and starring with Louie and Robin in Aladdin, and to be reunited with Eric and Liam playing to a home crowd once again is an absolute honour.

“We had a ball doing last year’s panto and I can’t wait for us to get back out there and entertain the wonderful audiences at the Hippodrome once again.”

“Aladdin” runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Saturday, December 8th, 2018 until Sunday, January 6th, 2019. Tickets are on sale now from the Darlington Hippodrome website and box office on 01325 405405.

Source: Qdos Pantomimes

David Wriglesworth
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