High-flying trio announced for Aladdin panto at The Capitol


The team at The Capitol, Horsham, are delighted to announce that three familiar and much-loved stars will be flying back to the venue this Christmas for the spectacular family pantomime, Aladdin.

CBBC star Olly Pike, will be Aladdin. Since Beauty and The Beast, he has continued work with his company Pop’n’Olly, to promote LGBT diversity and equality education for children. His work is adopted by UK schools and charities, often being used to help train teachers in how best to include LGBT Education within the classroom.

Olly’s most recent animation and book Jamie is being shown at the Rainbow Reels festival in Ontario, Canada. This year, he is hoping to do some live Pop’n’Olly’ shows for the first time, as well as producing another book and further videos, which can be seen at www.youtube.com/popnolly

Olly can’t wait to return.

He said: “I’m really excited for Aladdin, since the character portrays a hero without really wanting to be one, which I think gives a great message to people. Aladdin just does what’s right and tries to stay true to himself.”

Mike Goble will be playing Wishee Washee. After playing D’Jon M’Stard in Beauty and The Beast last year, he found time for a holiday in Paris, including some fun at Disneyland, and is looking forward to presenting Ministry of Science Live in the UAE, on P&O Cruises, as well as an autumn UK theatre tour ahead of the pantomime run.

Mike loves Horsham, which has been his Christmas home for the past two years and he now sees it as “spending time with his panto family”.

Mike said: “My last two pantomimes at The Capitol have been such a joy to be a part of and after last year’s record-breaking Beauty and the Beast, I can’t wait to welcome our audience back to enjoy another fun-filled production for all the family.”

Richard Alan is looking forward to playing a slightly more serious role this year as The Emperor of China. He can’t wait to return to The Capitol and Horsham.

He said: “It’s like coming home for Christmas and being part of one big family and I really enjoy being part of a show that’s been produced in-house.”

Since performing in last year’s panto, Richard has been busy rehearsing for a new season at Butlins, which runs until November, performing in a new show, Time Travel Trouble, for younger children and entertaining the crowds with stilt-walking and unicycling.

This year’s panto will once again feature West End standard singing and dancing, amazing sets and costumes and plenty of jokes.

Nick Mowat, general manager of The Capitol and producer of Aladdin, said: “We are so excited to announce the return of our magical trio to The Capitol for Aladdin this year. Olly, Mike and Richard are a joy to work with and have proved to be a big hit with our audiences for the past two years. Audiences can expect lots of crazy mayhem, a lot of laughter and, as always with a Capitol pantomime, a thumping good story.”

For more information visit The Capitol’s website.

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