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Mayor switches from Tamworth to 'Old Peking'
A new pantomime is coming to Tamworth in Staffordshire, with the town's Mayor taking on a role he should be all too familiar with. The Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone, will be joining the cast of Aladdin which is being staged by Tamworth Pantomime Company later this month. The popular panto is being performed at Tamworth Assembly Rooms between January 18 and January 26. Richard will take on a starring role in several of the performances of Aladdin as The Mayor of Old Peking - with a Tamworth twist. Richard is no stranger to the stage as he previously used to perform as a children's entertainer and magician before he became a school teacher. But his appearances in Aladdin are likely to prove a little nervy as he hasn't performed for more than 20 years.

Aladdin, Tamworth Pantomime Company
Aladdin brings its magic to Tamworth

Richard said: "You get so many unique opportunities as Mayor and you just have to grab them with both hands, so when this opportunity presented itself, I just had to say yes. Although it's been a long time since I performed, I'm really looking forward to it. Audiences can expect to see me in the thick of the action at the Emperor's Palace (Town Hall) and in one of the most well-known panto scenes ever. It's great light-hearted family fun and I would really encourage people to come along and see the show." Alex Farrell, of Tamworth Pantomime Company, added: "We are so pleased that the Mayor of Tamworth has taken up our invitation to take part in Aladdin! We were really pleased to see that Richard is a natural actor, even if he is playing a heightened version of himself, and really cracks us up in rehearsals! He plays The Mayor of Old Peking, but there are certainly plenty of mentions of Tamworth. So come along and see Councillor Kingstone in pantomime action - hopefully he won't have a night-mayor!"

Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone
Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone

Tickets for the panto are priced at 15 adults, 10 concessions and 45 for a family. They are available online at or, from the Box Office on 01827 709618, or in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Monday to Friday and at Tamworth Castle on Saturdays.
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Why? Mayor to star as Mayor in new panto
When: Feb 18 - 26
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth B79 7DN
Cost: Tickets 15 adults, 10 concessions, 45 family
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