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Get set for a magic carpet ride this Christmas as the New Theatre in Peterborough starts to announce the all star cast for this year’s show.

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound is the first to be revealed along with West End star Joaquin Pedro Valdes.

Rufus will be making his pantomime debut as the villain of the show, the evil Abanazar while Joaquin Pedro Valdes, currently appearing in Heathers, stars as our hero Aladdin, with further star casting to be announced this Christmas treat is not to be missed.

Rufus says he can’t wait to show his nasty side to the people of Peterborough -

“I believe pantomime to be the cornerstone of British theatre and the highlight of many families Christmas celebrations.

"So, as theatre emerges from it's COVID cocoon, I’m thrilled to be terrorising the people of Peterborough this Christmas as the evil Abanazar.

"Finally a chance to show people that Abanazar is the real hero of this story, and not that simpering wimp Aladdin. Now, where's MY lamp?”

Producers at RED Entertainment in association with Prime Pantomimes & the New Theatre, Peterborough are promising even more star names yet to be announced.

With sparkling scenery, spectacular special effects, dazzling dance routines, cracking costumes and a laugh-out-loud script, Aladdin will have for something for everyone.

Theatre director Richie Ross says it will be fantastic to have panto back in the building – “The New Theatre, Peterborough, is very excited to be working with Red Entertainment to bring back Pantomime for 2021.

"We cannot wait to deliver the locally focused and fun panto that we all missed and longed for last year. and this year's Aladdin promises to be a blockbusting spectacle.”

Matt Brinkler, the Executive Producer for RED Entertainment, added – “This year in Peterborough we wanted to provide something that everybody in the city and beyond can relate to.

"A pantomime that will make everyone laugh, songs that leave you humming them and an all-star cast that have never been seen in panto before.

"We can’t wait to share this with Peterborough. It is for everyone that wants a great Christmas night out.”

Aladdin will run at the New Theatre from December 15 – 30 and you can book your tickets now at www.newtheatre-peterborough.com