The stars of this year’s Corn Exchange panto are promising to bring some West End magic to King’s Lynn.
Famous faces including dance duo Twist and Pulse, actress and singer Lisa Mathieson and actor Stephen Pinder were in town this week to celebrate the official launch of Aladdin.
The panto is being brought to the stage by Jordan Productions, the team behind last year’s Sleeping Beauty panto, and there will also be some familiar faces in the cast.
Twist and Pulse, who found fame on Britain’s Got Talent, will be choreographing the entire show as well as starring as PC Hip and PC Hop.
Ashley Glazebrook (Twist) and Glen Murphy (Pulse), met at the Brits School of Performing Arts and came second in Simon Cowell’s ITV show nine years ago.
Since then the 28-year-olds have amassed a huge online following, have performed around the world and were guest judges on China’s biggest street dance TV show with a viewership of four million people.
Ashley said theatre felt much the same as television because as soon as the music came on, the pair had the “time of their lives”.
“We started in theatres so it’s like coming home for us. Panto is an amazing end to the year, we absolutely love it,” he said.
“I went to the panto every year with my mum and nan from around the age of four until I was a teenager and thought I was too cool.
“We take it very seriously and try to make it as much like a West End production as we can. We want people to remember when they saw Twist and Pulse in Aladdin and we try to top it each year.”
Glen added: “We get to be silly and have fun, but it’s full of dancing and we even do some rapping as well.
“There is street, hip hop, commercial and jazz dance and all different genres of music. We imagine we are performing for our families so we really try to cater for everyone.”
PCs Hip and Hop spend the panto trying to catch Aladdin, played by Lisa Mathieson.
The actress, singer and dancer, originally from Scotland, has appeared in scores of West End productions including Spamalot, Love Never Dies, Groundhog Day and Dusty the Musical.
This is the fifth time she has appeared in Aladdin and has taken the lead role twice before.
“I have a lot of history with the production and Aladdin is definitely my favourite role to play,” she said.
“It’s really important that pantos all over the country are good because it’s children’s first experience of theatre.”
Lisa said she was looking forward to working with panto dame Ian Marr, who plays Widow Twanky, and veteran performer Scott Cripps, who will reprise the role of the lovable Wishee Washee.
“They are hilarious,” she added. “I’ve worked with Twist and Pulse and Steven Pinder, who plays Abanazaar, before and they are fantastic.”
Appearing as Princess So-Shi will be actress and performer Divine Cresswell, who has appeared in a number of West End productions including Miss Saigon, Starlight Express and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The panto runs at Lynn Corn Exchange from Tuesday, December 10, until Sunday, January 5.
Book tickets online at: www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk or call the box office on 01553 764864.