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Rehearsals underway for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Christmas panto

Rehearsals have started for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's Christmas pantomime which is set to get up and running from next weekend.

Zoe Birkett and Company in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood
Zoe Birkett and Company in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood

Aladdin will open on December 3 and will feature CBeebies star Ben Cajee in the title role with Wolverhampton's own Sofie Anne as Princess Jasmine.

They will be joined by Zoe Birkett, fresh off her West End production of Moulin Rouge The Musical, as the Spirit Of The Ring with EastEnders' Michael Greco as Abanazar.

Michael Greco in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwoo
Sofie Anné and Ian Billings in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood

Tam Ryan will star as Wishee Washee, Ian Adams as Widow Twankey, Duane Gooden as the Genie, whilst Ian Billings will star as the notary.

Tam Ryan in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood
Ben Cajee, Zoe Birkett and Racky Plews in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood

The cast is completed by ensemble Lydia Baber-Day, Samara Clarke, Ellie Cooper, Gabriella-Rose Marchant, Louis Quinn, Jack Skelton, Jacob Thomas and Jayd’n Tyrone.

A statement about the show said: "Join Aladdin on a spectacular quest from humble beginnings to riches beyond his wildest dreams! With a magical lamp, the help of a trusty genie and three wishes, only he can take on the evil sorcerer Abanazar!

"Can he conquer the cave of wonders and who will win the heart of the princess in the most spellbinding battle of good versus evil!? Book tickets and find out in Aladdin, a magical pantomime adventure from December 3 to January 7, 2023, at grandtheatre.co.uk."

The Company in rehearsal for Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Photograph by Graeme Braidwood

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