Stars from Hollyoaks and The Bill to appear in Kettering panto

Former Bill actor Mark Wingett is appearing in this year's Lighthouse Theatre pantomime, Aladdin
Former Bill actor Mark Wingett is appearing in this year's Lighthouse Theatre pantomime, Aladdin

Stars from Hollyoaks and The Bill will be appearing in this year’s big panto at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering – Aladdin.

The theatre is promising that this year’s pantomime will be the biggest in its history, with spectacular sets, incredible costumes and a generous sprinkle of magical glitter.

Aladdin will see former Bill actor Mark Wingett, who played DC Carver for more than 20 years in the long-running serial, don the cloak of the wicked Abanazar while Hollyoaks star Andy Moss, who played Rhys Ashworth in the Channel 4 soap for more than seven years, will play Kassim.

Ever-popular dame Kevin Tillett will play Widow Twanky and the stage is set for Wicksteed Park mascot Wicky Bear to make a special appearance.

Producer Paul Hammond said he is confident this year’s pantomime will have something for everyone.

He added: “It is our [Hammond Family Pantomimes] third year at the Lighthouse Theatre and this pantomime ticks all the boxes.

“I understand that Kettering audiences want to go home smiling, having seen a quality cast, a fabulous script and plenty of audience participation which I guarantee will be in abundance.

“Children especially are going to love every minute as Aladdin spirits them off for an amazing adventure.”

Aladdin is a classic tale in which the titular hero, played by Steven Oliver, attempts to win the heart of the beautiful princess Jasmine.

However, the law decrees that she can only marry a prince and the evil Abanazar is determined to stand in Aladdin’s way.

The pantomime runs from Friday, December 12, to Sunday, January 4.

Ticket prices start from £12 and there are further early-bird savings to be made by people who book before October 31.

To buy tickets, or for more information, visit www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk or phone 01536 414141.

Auditions for younger roles

Auditions for the junior chorus in Aladdin are taking place at the Lighthouse Theatre on Sunday, September 21.

Different age groups will have different time slots:

Ages six to eight, 9.30am enrolment, 10am audition; ages nine to 11, 10.30am enrolment, 11am audition; ages 12 to 14, 11.30am enrolment, midday audition, ages 14 to 16, 12.30pm enrolment, 1pm audition.

There are parts for boys and girls.

Paul Hammond said: “I was very pleased with the support we received from local dancers last year and I very much hoping for a similar turnout on Sunday.”