AJ and Curtis Pritchard to star in Wolverhampton Grand panto

The brothers, famed for their roles as professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing and the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars, will join the cast of Cinderella when it arrives at the theatre in December.

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 pro joined the hit BBC show in 2016 and was a firm favourite for the four seasons he appeared. AJ said:

“I am so excited to be appearing in Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 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."
Curtis will play Dandini, allowing plenty of opportunity for mischief and identity-swapping as he helps the Prince and Cinderella to find love; a role that Curtis knows all too well having won the hearts of the nation in the 2019 series of Love Island. His other TV appearances include The Greatest Dancer, Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion and, together with AJ, 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.”
Under the power of her evil Stepmother and wicked Stepsisters, Cinderella lives as a poor servant girl, pandering to their every need and only dreaming of their luxurious lifestyle. With help from her only friend Buttons and a fabulous Fairy Godmother, can she make it to the Royal Ball and find her Prince Charming?

With magical new staging, Cinderella promises to be the ultimate fairytale pantomime, full of fun, dazzling choreography and magical surprises. Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive & 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's the scale! The plans are dazzling and I’m very excited to share with you our new Wolverhampton panto!”

For more information, or to book tickets, visit grandtheatre.co.uk.


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