AJ and Curtis Pritchard launch Wolverhampton Grand panto

The brothers were at the theatre to launch the spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella which runs from Saturday 4th December to Sunday 9th January.

This news is a real treat for audiences who are desperate for pantomime to return to the city and ensures that the Wolverhampton pantomime is the one to see this year.

The duo are highly regarded for their professional dancer positions on Strictly Come Dancing and Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars. AJ and Curtis will bring with them a wealth of dancing styles to sweep Cinderella off her feet in what promises to be the most exciting re-opening pantomime for the Grand Theatre. AJ said:

“I am so excited to be appearing in Cinderella this Christmas. For performers everywhere, it has been devastating that theatres have been closed for so long and with such a limited amount of live performance opportunities. 

"So what better way to celebrate entertainment being back than a trip to the panto where the whole family can get together again? 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."

Fresh from the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! castle, AJ is now the prince of a much more glamorous one, taking on the role of Prince Charming.

The Strictly professional joined the hit BBC show in 2016 and was a firm favourite for the four seasons he appeared. Since then, AJ has made numerous TV and theatre appearances, often alongside his brother who will be right alongside him this Christmas as the Prince’s right-hand man, Dandini - allowing plenty of opportunity for mischief and identity-swapping as he helps the Prince and Cinderella to find love.

Curtis appeared as a professional dancer on Ireland’s version of Strictly - Dancing With The Stars. His other TV appearances include The Greatest Dancer, Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion and together with AJ appeared as guest choreographers for the season one finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Curtis added:

“I’m delighted to be playing Dandini in Cinderella. I have appeared in pantomime before but 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.”

The pantomime, which was previously planned for 2020, had to be postponed until this year due to the national closure of all theatres. Cinderella will be produced by Imagine Theatre, in partnership with Wolverhampton Grand. Both Imagine Theatre and Wolverhampton Grand have a rich history of producing top-quality entertainment and together will form a perfect partnership. Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre 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.

"They are such naturals on stage with undeniable showmanship, making them favourites with the whole family. This show will have something for everyone – think of a West End musical, that is the scale and the plans are dazzling!”

Tickets for Cinderella are on sale now and can be booked online at grandtheatre.co.uk.


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