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Preview: Aladdin at Darlington Hippodrome
DARLINGTON GETS ITS DIVA BACK!
ZOE BIRKETT RETURNS TO STAR IN THE HIPPODROME PANTOMIME, ALADDIN.
Saturday 8 December 2018 -
Sunday 6 January 2019
Having wowed audiences and critics alike in last
year’s festive production, Darlington
Hippodrome have announced that Darlington’s own diva Zoe Birkett will be back by popular demand to star in this year’s
wish-filled pantomime Aladdin
alongside actor Robin Askwith, Louie Spence, Eric Potts and Liam Mellor
from Saturday 8 December.
Louie Spence, Eric Potts and Liam Mellor
The West End leading lady, Darlington-born Zoe,
will star as the beautiful Princess Jasmine having played the Wicked Queen in
last year’s pantomime, Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs, a role for which she was nominated for Best Female Villain at
this year’s Great British Pantomime Awards.
Having been propelled to fame by entering Pop Idol in 2002, Zoe quickly solidified
her reputation as a stunning vocalist, actress, presenter and pantomime star.
Having signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 Management at just 16, Zoe went on to
headline numerous arena tours and featured on the Pop Idol Big Band album which reached number one in the album chart
and went triple platinum within one year.
Her subsequent stage roles include Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the
Palace Theatre, lead vocalist in What a
Feeling, Respect La Diva and Thriller Live in London’s West End,
Maureen in Rent at the Greenwich
Theatre and Dion in the infamous musical Hair
in Zurich. She went on to star as Rachel Marron in the critically-acclaimed
UK tour of The Bodyguard in the role
made famous by the late Whitney Houston.
Her concerts include headlining at the Royal
Albert Hall, A Party to Remember as
part of the VE Day 60th anniversary live from Trafalgar Square and
she has sung for The Prince’s Trust by Royal Appointment of Prince Charles and
Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace.
No stranger to the world of television, Zoe has
presented Top of the Pops, hosted The Clothes Show Live and the live tour
of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away
and Strictly Ballroom in Las Vegas.
Last year Zoe realised her dream by opening her very own school, The Zoe
Birkett Academy in Darlington, allowing hundreds of local children the
opportunity to follow in her footsteps and learn every facet of music, drama
and performing arts from Zoe herself.
Completing the line-up as the evil villain Abanazar
is film and television star Robin
Askwith. A regular on the big screen throughout the 70s Robin went on to
appear in numerous television shows including Public Eye, Dixon of Dock
Green, Z-Cars, Randall and Hopkirk(Deceased) and, most recently, Emmerdale,
Coronation Street and Benidorm. His extensive stage work
includes numerous farces including Run
for Your Wife, One for the Road
and Dead Funny, and the title role in
Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty
Speaking on her return to Darlington Hippodrome,
Zoe Birkett said: “I am absolutely
delighted to be back home for Christmas and starring with Louie and Robin in Aladdin, and to be reunited with Eric
and Liam playing to a home crowd once again is an absolute honour. We had a
ball doing last year’s panto and I can’t wait for us to get back out there and
entertain the wonderful audiences at the Hippodrome once again.”
With tickets flying out of the box office,
audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to secure their seats for this year’s
must-see show. Make tickets to Aladdin
one of your three wishes this festive season and book your tickets now.
Aladdin flies into Darlington Hippodrome from
Saturday 8 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019. For full details and to book
visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk or call 01325 405405.