Welsh performer Lee Gilbert is loving his latest role - playing the ‘panto baddie’ in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s festive production of Aladdin.
Currently at the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare until December 10, the show then moves on to the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy until Christmas Eve.
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The show stars Welsh actor and playwright Frank Vickery, in his seventh pantomime with Rhondda Cynon Taf theatres, as the traditional Panto Dame.
But no family pantomime would be complete without its ‘baddie’ - and Lee Gilbert is back for his third consecutive year in the role.
Lee has had a busy year launching his new album All of Me, which became album of the Week on BBC Radio Wales. He also launched his own ‘Big Band’ stage show That’s Life, which came to Rhondda Cynon Taf, as well as performing all over the UK and Europe.
He has also just completed the Welsh tour of the comedy stage play One Man Two Guvnors for Black RAT Productions.
Lee Gilbert, who is playing the part of Abanazar, said: “I have had a great year and Christmas is also a busy time for me. Returning to Rhondda Cynon Taf theatres as the ultimate baddie for the family pantomime Aladdin is a joy for me.
“Abanazar is an out-and-out villain who will do anything to get his own way. To walk out on stage and get completely booed by the audiences is a delight.
“Aladdin is such an iconic pantomime and we always have such a good time in RCT Theatres, the audience response is always amazing, I love it.”
Aladdin also stars Maxwell James as the ‘loveable lad with the lamp,’ Laura Clements as Princess Jasmine, Ryan Owen as Tommy the Cat, Deiniol Wyn Rees as the Genie of the Lamp, Tamara Brabon as the Genie of the Ring, Bridie Smith as PC Ping and Aled Davies as PC Pong.
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Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “The festive season is always a very special time of year, and there is nothing quite like taking the family along to a pantomime, one of the oldest traditions in the history of theatre.
“This is a fantastic production and deserves the support of the community. We have a very talented cast and an amazing team behind the scenes bringing this show to a stage near you.”
During its run at both theatres, there will be ‘Relaxed Performances’ of Aladdin for people with learning difficulties, their families and carers, as well as school performances.
Aladdin runs at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, until December 10, and the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, December 16-24.
Tickets are now on sale for Aladdin. Adults £15.50; Concessions £12.50; Family Ticket £48; Groups of 20-plus £9. Performance times vary. Call the Box Office on 03000 040 444 or visit www.rct-theatres.co.uk
Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017