Christmas panto launches at The Castle!
They've got us all excited for Christmas two months early with the launch of their magical panto Aladdin - who's ready for it?
Muddy was tres excited to be invited over for the Aladdin press junket at the Castle Theatre. We got to rub shoulders with the stars of the show and have a little natter with the leading lady, the quite fabulous Natasha Hamilton from girl group Atomic Kitten (you know, the band that had us singing “You can make me whole again” on repeat).
The venue was decorated to get us in the magical mood and we were welcomed with a glass of juice or fizz (guess what we chose) while the manager showcased the talent!
Other cast members at the launch were Joe Chadwick who will be playing the main man Aladdin, Elizabeth Bright playing Princess Jasmine and playing Widow Twankey and son Wishee Washee are Robert Squire and Ellis Dackombe. We got to have a little mingle over some food from local Wellingborough restaurant June Plum, serving up tasty grub as per, and as we tucked in, we were joined by Natasha (very exciting for our digital assistant Ciaran, who LOVES her).
Our first question was had she ever heard of Wellingborough, which was a no, but she is buzzing and raring to go. A very busy Mum of 4 she loves to mix other things up with performing running a successful skin clinic and a health and wellbeing website!
Natasha is no stranger to the stage as her first ever performance debut was playing Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers – a huge role – on the West End. She’s also trodden the panto boards before playing the Wicked Queen in Ipswich’s panto, which she loved. She’s been in the game since she was 16 when she flew the nest to move to London to kick off her career in Atomic Kitten, so she’s definitely had enough experience to play the sassy, independent Slave of the Ring.
It all kicks off Sat 14th – Tue 31st December with a great track list including Spice Girls numbers and loads of 80’s and musical theatre numbers. If you fancy a proper Xmas panto day out, book your tickets online and be ready for a show of magic and festive treats. It looks like the Castle have really pulled it out of the bag this year; it’s going to be a great show for all ages – toddlers to Octogenarians – so what are you waiting for!