It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Panto time!

It’s December, and this month it’s all about the Pantomime!

Aladdin

Wednesday 12th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019

 

Fasten your seat belts for a magical ride of mystery, sparkling romance and dazzling adventure. This year’s lavish production of Aladdin lets you escape to a world of magic, where adventure beckons.

The wicked Abanazer is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world. Will he succeed?

Throw in a magic carpet, a mystical Spirit of the Ring, the Emperor of China, a beautiful princess and a couple of inept policemen and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic tale, great entertainment, packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and audience participation for the whole family. All the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime!

The cast is headed up by Jonathan Wrather best known as Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris who will play the role of Abanazar. He will be joined by David Perkins (Aladdin), Gemma Naylor from Nick Jnr’s Go! Go! Go! (Princess Jasmine), Loula Geater (Slave of the Ring), and back by very popular demand local, Denbigh born, actor Sean Jones playing the role of Wishee Washee. Sean has played the award winning lead role of Mickey in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers for 16 years. Completing the line-up is Director Simon Jessop who will also be appearing in the glamorous role of Widow Twankey.

There is a full supporting cast which includes two local talented dance schools, The Gay Harris Dancers and The North Wales School of Dance.

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Introducing our panto stars!

 

David Perkins as ALADDIN.

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David has recently graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has just produced and starred as Melchoir Gabor in the sell-out run of Spring Awakening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.

Credits whilst training include:

Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Melchoir Gabor in Spring Awakening, Luther Rosser in Parade, Rocky in Damn Yankees and Harry The Horse in Guys and Dolls.

As a child David appeared in various productions at The Royal National Theatre, including The Coast of Utopia: Shipwrecked, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Rose Tattoo.

David is thrilled to be performing in his first pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre with the cast of Aladdin.

Loula Geater as SLAVE OF THE RING.

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Originally from Birmingham, Loula trained at Guildford School of Acting and Bretton Hall, Leeds University.

Loula’s credits include: Angel and cover for Kerry Ellis in ‘Heaven on Earth the Musical’, lead vocalist in UK Tour of ‘That’s Entertainment’ singing with Jane McDonald, Ruthie Henshall and The Overtones, featured ensemble/Understudy Beggar Woman in ‘Sweeney Todd’ with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall London, Helena Landless in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ Landor/Arts Theatre, featured guest singer in Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary UK Tour, Snow Queen for two seasons at ‘The Thursford Christmas Spectacular’, UK Tour of ‘Mad About the Musicals’, Fairy Light in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at Kenton Theatre, Spirit of the Ring in ‘Aladdin’ at Bath Theatre Royal and The Radlett Centre, Fairy One in Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer  Night’s Dream’, CBSO/Symphony Hall, BBC PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall and featured singer with Emma Bunton for Channel Five’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ series, Shine TV.

She has had international exposure singing at sea as a lead vocalist on board the Luxury Yachts of Seabourn and Holland America Line vessels, travelling the world twice over.

You may have also spotted Loula on TV in BBC’s Saturday night exclusive, ‘Pitch Battle’ and BBC’s ‘The One Show’.

 

Graham Martin as The Emperor.

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Graham is from Middlesbrough in the North East.

He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts for 2 years at Stockton And Billingham Technical College then went on to train at the Arts Educational Schools in London.

He is currently multi-roling as Policeman/Teacher in the hit musical Blood Brothers on its UK Tour.

Other UK Tours include covering Shane Ritchie as McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest,Simeon/cover Pharaoh with Philip Schofield in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,The Minister/Specialist in The Who’s Tommy and The Dentist in Little Shop Of Horrors.

He also played Dr Thomas Wayne and covered Alfred in the Batman Live World Arena Tour which toured the United States playing to over 10,000 people each performance.

Graham has appeared in numerous West End Shows including Policeman/Teacher in Blood Brothers,Phoenix Theatre,Crab in Brighton Rock,Almeida,Salvador Dali in Casanova,Criterion,Hugo in Money To Burn,The Venue,Cookson/cover Hook in Peter Pan and Pirate/Policeman/cover The Pirate King in The Pirates Of Penzance,both Savoy Theatre.

He created the role of Dustin in the revamp of Starlight Express,Apollo Victoria and his association with the show lasted 10 years going on to play Greaseball and then Alternate Poppa in the final West End cast.

He has also played Hades in Hercules The Muse-ical and hosted the gameshow Who Wants To Be A Mouseketeer aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.

For Hull Truck Theatre his roles include Cloughie in Wilde Boys,Tommo in Studs,Daft Dave in Kissing Married Women and Connor in A Pair Of Beauties and for Talking Scarlet Ramsay in Stone Cold Murder and Dozer in Shady Business both at the Devonshire Park,Eastbourne and on tour.

Television appearances include Barry in Marked,Sky,Jack Carter in Steel River Blues,Yorkshire TV,Graham Taylor in Rough Justice,BBC,Anorak in the comedy Cock and Bull,Channel 4 Sit Com Festival,The Royal Variety Performance,BBC and Chris Andrews in 8 episodes of the ITV series The Knock.

Graham played the lead role of Solly in the Channel 4 film The Hackney Downs which was BAFTA  nominated.

Other film work includes Marked,Captives,Down In The City,Cafe,Cheating The Dead and You,Me And Marley.

He has also played the lead role of Stan Simmons in The Monkey House Trilogy for BBC Radio 4.

Most recent stage work is as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Inspector Colquhoun in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow for United National Theatre Company at Stoke Rep.

His pantomime credits to date are as PC Ping in Aladdin,Middlesbrough Theatre,Widow Twankey in Aladdin,Gaiety Theatre Isle Of Man and Dame Duodenal in Sleeping Beauty,The MAC Hanley.

He is delighted to be back in his second pantomime for UK Productions having played the King last year in their production of Jack And The Beanstalk at Sunderland Empire.

 

Simon Jessop as WIDOW TWANKEY.

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Following an education at Witham Hall and Stamford Boys School he went to University in Edinburgh and read Drama at Queen Margaret College. Whilst there he was hugely influenced by The Citizens Theatre of Glasgow, which was then under the triumvirate directorship of Giles Havergal, Philip Prowse and Robert David McDonald. Upon graduation he moved to London and began working as an actor in television, film and theatre. In the early 90s he joined the company of the Olivier Award winning Return to the Forbidden Planet, written and directed by Bob Carlton, with Pete Rowe as assistant director. Having toured with the show for four years, returning to the West End for a run at the Shaftesbury Theatre, he would later be invited to join Carltons repertory company at The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.

His back catalogue of acting work is varied. Classical work includes playing Caliban in The Tempest, Feste in Twelfth Night, Jaques in As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet directed by Terry Hands. At Ludlow Festival, Hamlet with Jenny Seagrove, A Midsummer Nights Dream and A Comedy of Errors, all directed by Glen Walford.

Musicals include Return to the Forbidden Planet, (cast and cover director 1993-1996 Pola Jones/Andre Ptaszynski), Face, Keep on Running and From a Jack to a King, The Rocky Horror Show, A Slice of Saturday Night, In the Midnight Hour, Dick Barton Special Agent, It’s a Fine Life and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Off West End Award).

Other theatre work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Theatr Clwyd / No. 1 Tour, directed by Terry Hands), Ray Say in Little Voice, Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stanley in Run for your Wife, directed by Bob Eaton and Ray Cooney, Roy in Nevilles Island, Frederick in Noises Off, The Chairman in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Can’t Pay won’t Pay, Up n’ Under, The Talented Mr Ripley, How the Other Half Loves, Giles Havergals Travels with my Aunt, What the Butler Saw, Ladies Day, Ladies Down Under, The Canterbury Tales, Corpse directed by Robin Herford (Haymarket), La Parisienne (Lyric Hammersmith) and Sweeney Todd directed by its playwright Chris Bond.

For three years he played the comic half-wit in Pantomime, and for seven he played Dame.

He was appointed Associate Artist of The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in 2010.

Television work includes Second Thoughts (BBC), Night and Day (BBC), Sex Now (LWT), Shewolf (LWT), The Bill (ITV), A Question Of  Identity with Bernard Hill (LWT), The Josie Lawrence Show, directed by Geoff Posner (LWT), Strutter (Objective), How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC), Flash Prank (MTV Global), Man v. Expert (Discovery), Meet the Parents (Channel 4) Richard Hammonds Secret Service (BBC) and most recently Derren Browns Twisted Tales (Channel 4).

He was Assistant Director to Bob Carlton on A Passionate Woman and A Treasure Island. He went on to Co-Direct Deathtrap with Matt Devitt, before directing his own adaptation of The Great Gatsby (Off West End Award).

He was appointed Associate Director of the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch in 2014

He directed Deadly Murder starring Lucy Benjamin, The Elephant Man, and Don’t Look Now, which received three Off West End Nominations.

At The Bridewell he directed Oz and the Pom, a new play by The Heather Brothers (Slice of Saturday Night) featuring Mark Little and Lucy Benjamin, followed by the premiere of Coldstream by John Berry at The Printers Playhouse, which transferred to The Observer Building.

For two years he directed Cinderella and Aladdin at the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, and most recently for Qdos he was Associate Director and Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

www.simon-jessop.co.uk

Tom Whalley as PC PONG.

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Tom trained at Associated Studios, London graduating with a Diploma in Musical Theatre and studied Drama & Scriptwriting at Northumbria University, Newcastle. A native Geordie, Tom has made a name for himself as a performer, writer and composer working with a number of theatre companies, directors and creatives in the North East and in London. Following an appearance on BBC Three’s reality series Shoplife, Tom left Newcastle behind for life in London and has since starred in a number of off West End productions and UK Tours (Dick Whittington eat your heart out!) Passionate about Pantomime, Tom wrote and starred in his first panto as an ‘Ugly Stepsister’ while still at school and has gone on to start his own company writing and licensing pantomime scripts for societies across the UK: http://www.tomwhalleypantomimes.com

Theatre credits include: Maeve of the Ring, Aladdin Goes Pop (UK TOUR); The Emperor of China, A-Lad-In: One Rub, Three Wishes (Boulevard, Newcastle) PC Pong, Aladdin (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells) Mother Goose, Mother Goose (UK TOUR); The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland (UK TOUR); PC Pong, Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Bath); Dr Lacloche, Hotel for Criminals (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre); Dame Trott, Jack and the Beanstalk (UK TOUR); Dr Willy Von Whackoff, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (King’s Head Theatre); PC Pong, Aladdin (Sunderland Empire); Glinda/Wicked Witch of the West, Looking for Oz (UK TOUR); Pilate, Jesus Christ Superstar (Durham Cathedral); Ensemble Cover Georg/Arpad, She Loves Me (Landor Theatre, London).

Television credits include: Shoplife (BBC Three).

Tom is thrilled to be appearing at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre this Christmas, dusting off his helmet and truncheon for a fourth season as ‘PC Pong’ for UK Productions. Nadolig Llawen!

Follow Tom on Twitter at: @thetomwhalley

Sean Jones as WISHEE WASHEE.

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Local Denbigh boy Sean is absolutely over the moon to be back at the Pavilion Theatre for what will be his SEVENTH annual panto in his favourite Theatre! Sean is mostly familiar to theatre goers for his award winning portrayal of Mickey in Willy Russell’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers! And has toured extensively and internationally in various productions! He’s appeared in numerous TV shows with appearances on Emmerdale, The Royal Today, Hollyoaks, and kay Mellors drama The Chase!

Sean is also a founder member of the hugely successful and award winning The Denbigh Workshop. A local Youth Theatre and creative project dedicated to bringing arts and theatre into the heart of the community!

Gemma Naylor as PRINCESS JASMINE.

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Gemma is thrilled to be spending her first Christmas Season in
Wales after playing Cinderella in beautiful Malvern last year.

Gemma is best known for being the pink wearing blond member of
Nick Jr’s pop band ‘Go!Go!Go!’ and was the female member of the
band selected to read a bedtime story for the channel. The band’s
live show ran in London’s West End and had two national theatre
tours, They successfully entered the UK official charts in 2014
with their album ‘Radio Go!Go!Go!’ and represented Great Britain
in the Music is Great Campaign.

Gemma trained in Musical Theatre at Bird College on a full
scholarship. Credits include.
Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour) Shout the Mod Musical (Blackpool
Winter Gardens) Jackie The Musical (UK Tour) White Christmas (
Original UK cast) Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (Original UK cast) The
music of Dirty Dancing (UK Tour)

She regularly works as a presenter hosting live events and
creating online content for independent companies around the
globe.
Twitter @gemma_naylor
Instagram @gem_naylor

Jonathan Wrather as ABANAZAR.

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Jonathan is thrilled to be starring in Aladdin at the Pavillion Theatre, Rhyl this Christmas.
It is the first time Jonathan has performed at the Pavillion Theatre and he is very excited to be joining the fabulous cast of Aladdin and to be part of the Pavillion’s Christmas show this year.
As well as playing the controversial and conflicted Pierce Harris in Emmerdale Jonathan has appeared and starred in TV drama and theatre a like. He played Joe Carter in Coronation Street, and is known for his roles in Silent Witness, Jo, Waterloo Road, Bones, Casualty, Fat Friends and Clocking Off and other TV drama.

Jonathan has been lucky enough to have played theatres in the West End and up and down the country and is very much looking forward to playing Abanazar in his first production of Aladdin.

Make sure you don’t miss what is sure to be a fantastic show.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

www.rhylpavilion.co.uk

Box office: 01745 33 00 00

The Management and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our loyal customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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