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Much loved stars return to this years panto

Three familiar and much-loved stars will be flying back to The Capitol’s stage this Christmas for the spectacular family pantomime, Aladdin..

CBBC star Olly Pike, is set to play the title role. 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 schools and charities around the UK, 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 very 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 to The Capitol and 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.

“I’m thrilled of course, to be working again with Mike, Richard and Nick. They are such wonderful people to be around and we have a tremendous amount of fun!”

Mike Goble will be playing Wishee Washee. After entertaining Horsham’s audiences as D’Jon M’Stard in Beauty and The Beast last year, he found time for a short 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. Occasionally, you might see him pop up at Legoland, Windsor, performing in their Pirate Stunt Show, or storytelling at the puppet theatre.

He’s recently been commissioned to write 7 clown routines, for holiday destinations around Europe, by Live Business, to entertain their young guests and families. A personal highlight this year is the honour of being asked to be Best Man for the first time!

Mike loves Horsham, which has been home for Christmas for the past two years, and he now sees it as “spending time with his panto family”, both on and off stage. He’s delighted to be sharing the stage, once again with Olly and Richard, and to be reunited with the great behind-the-scenes team at the theatre. 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 Emporer of China. He can’t wait to return to Horsham and The Capitol, in particular, and says: “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 circus skills, including stilt-walking, unicycling and juggling.

After positive feedback on last year’s box-office breaker, many had hoped to see a return of the most popular cast members, so the Capitol are delighted to announce their much anticipated return. 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.”

The theatre promises to, once again, deliver West End standard singing and dancing, great music, amazing sets and costumes, and plenty of jokes – old and new!

To book, please contact the Capitol Box Office by calling: 01403 750220, or by visiting: www.thecapitolhorsham.com

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