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First names announced in stellar cast
The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Christmas panto is back on stage this year – oh, yes it is! Cinderella will play from 4 December until 9 January with brothers AJ and Curtis headlining the cast.
Strictly Come Dancing professional and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! contestant AJ takes the role of Prince Charming. While Curtis, whose television credits include Love Island, The Greatest Dancer, Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion and as a professional on Ireland's Dancing With The Stars, will be Dandini.
AJ and Curtis Pritchard
On joining the panto, AJ said: "I am so excited to be appearing in Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this Christmas. There is such a good feeling to this show and it's going to be bigger and better than ever before. We're back doing what we love the most and so excited for friends, family and theatre-goers to experience the magic of panto again."
And his brother added: "This is the first time AJ and I have appeared together so it's really exciting. The past year has been extremely unusual and therefore it's great to have something to look forward to and know that the year is going to end on a high. AJ and I have been dusting off our dancing shoes so expect some big dance numbers in the show! We can't wait to get started."
Produced by Imagine Theatre in partnership with the Grand, Cinderella was due to be staged in 2020 but was postponed due to lockdown. Adrian Jackson, Grand Theatre Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said; "We are thrilled to welcome AJ and Curtis to Wolverhampton for our pantomime. Between them, they will bring so much to the show with their infectious personalities and incredible dancing talent. This show will have something for everyone – think of a West End musical, that is the scale! The plans are dazzling and I'm very excited to share with you our new Wolverhampton panto!"
Tickets for the show are now on sale at grandtheatre.co.uk.