Milton Keynes Theatre have announced that stage, screen, comedy and pantomime legend, the one-and-only Joe Pasquale and West End and television leading man Lee Mead will star in this year’s magical carpet ride pantomime adventure, Aladdin, from Saturday 7 December.
Comedian and actor Joe Pasquale will lead the cast in the role of Aladdin’s hapless brother, Wishee Washee. Well-known and best-loved for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, starred in the West End production of Spamalot, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here, appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and toured the UK in a live stage incarnation of the classic sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in the iconic role of Frank Spencer.
Best-known for winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead won the title role in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to rave reviews. Since then Lee has had lead roles in Wicked and Legally Blonde in the West End, released several solo albums and toured extensively. No stranger to pantomime, Lee has starred in six Qdos Entertainment pantomimes, including his star turn as Prince Charming in their critically acclaimed production of Cinderella at the London Palladium. From 2014 to 2016 Lee starred as Ben “Lofty” Chiltern in Casualty, which saw him nominated for various national Best Newcomer television awards, a role he now reprises in the popular BBC spin-off series, Holby City.
Aladdin will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the company behind Milton Keynes Theatre’s annual pantomime since 2017. Aladdin will feature the MK hallmark of outstanding entertainment for theatregoers of all ages with a lamp-full of laughter, a laundry-load of audience participation and jaw-dropping flying carpets complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this year’s must-see production.
Qdos Entertainment’s Managing Director Michael Harrison said: “We’re delighted Joe will be headlining our Milton Keynes pantomime this year. This year’s production promises all the laughs, audience participation and magic Milton Keynes Theatre audiences have come to expect each festive season, and we can’t wait to bring our show to them this Christmas.”
Emma Sullivan, Theatre Director at Milton Keynes Theatre said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the return of Qdos Entertainment to Milton Keynes Theatre following the roaring success of Robin Hood last year. We’re looking forward to having Lee Mead in MK this Christmas, he’s a firm audience favourite and we know he’ll go down a storm as Aladdin.”
With further casting to be announced, audiences should hop aboard their flying carpets and point them towards the Milton Keynes Box Office to secure their seats for this year’s wish-filled family pantomime.