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Cat Sandion To Swop Kids' TV For Pantomime Fun
A leading children's television presenter has been signed up to star in a Midland theatre's new pantomime this year. CBeebies Cat Sandion has been announced as performing at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in their festive offering of Aladdin. Cat, who is one of the leading presenters from the CBeebies channel as well as the narrator of the CBeebies TV Christmas Panto, will be on familiar territory when she takes on the role of Princess Jasmine. Cat will be joined in Aladdin by Birmingham-based actress, Loula Geater, who will appear as the Slave of the Ring, having previously performed in pantomime and musical theatre across the country.

Aladdin, Lichfield Garrick
Some of the confirmed names for Aladdin, including CBeebies presenter Cat Sandion

Aladdin, which runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Thursday 30th November until Sunday 31st December 2017, follows on from the success of last year's panto, Sleeping Beauty. This is the second year that the Lichfield Garrick have teamed up with Evolution Productions to co-produce the show. Evolution Productions, led by television presenter Paul Hendy and his partner Emily Wood, is the most successful pantomime company in the country producing spectacular shows throughout the UK. Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick's Executive Director, said: "This year's panto promises a star studded cast, gags a plenty and an all-round family entertainment. I'm delighted that our very own Tim Ford, will be directing, bringing all the magic and laughter our audience expects from a Lichfield Garrick panto."

Sam Rabone
San Rabone (right) reprises his role as the panto dame. Pamela Raith Photography

The Lichfield Garrick has already confirmed Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton for Aladdin, who will play Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee respectively. The duo were two of the standout stars from last year's record-breaking production of Sleeping Beauty. Sam said: "I can't wait to be back onstage in Lichfield with my comedy co-star Ben who, this year, plays my son. From speaking with CBeebies Rebecca Keatley, who played Fairy Moonbeam in Sleeping Beauty, Cat is amazing and I can't wait to meet her. Loula is someone I have wanted to work with since we first met and finally this year we can make the dream come true. Roll on Panto!"

Ben Thornton
Ben Thornton returns to panto in Lichfield after Sleeping Beauty. Pamela Raith Photography

Aladdin runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Thursday 30th November until Sunday 31st December 2017, with a variety of evening, matinee and schools performances. Tickets start from 14 and are available online or the box office on 01543 412121. The theatre is due to make further cast announcements in September. Evolution Productions was started by Emily Wood and Paul Hendy in 2005 and they have since produced pantomimes in some of the leading theatres in the country.
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Why? Panto Season Is Just Around The Corner - Almost
When: 30 November to 31 December
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets from 14
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