Alongside Christopher Biggins who will play the role of Widow Twankey, Rikki Jay, Max Fulham will also be in the cast of Aladdin, plus Yazdan Qafouri who will play Wishee Washee.
A mainstay of entertainment for a number of decades, Christopher Biggins made his pantomime debut aged just 17 in his home town of Salisbury before forging a highly successful career in show business. Best known for his numerous iconic television appearances, Biggins appeared opposite the late Ronnie Barker in the iconic BBC sitcom Porridge, held roles in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, appeared alongside Michael Crawford in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and played Nero in the critically acclaimed dramatisation of I, Claudius.
Rikki Jay regularly performs at major venues around Britain, including shows in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and the Café Royal. Over Christmas Rikki has played the principle comedian in a variety of family pantomimes across the UK. For eight years he starred in and co-wrote the pantomime for the Theatre Royal in Norwich, and he returned there to perform his one man show Bare Faced Cheek.
Max Fulham’s love of entertaining was sparked by performing made up shows to anyone who would stand still for long enough – family, friends and even neighbours! Since then he has been hooked on all things comedy, magic and ventriloquism. His bright, fresh approach and passion for what he does has endeared him to many pantomime audiences as Wishee Washee in Aladdin in 2017.
Chris Glover, Theatre Director, added: “We are delighted to have such an incredible and hugely talented cast for our pantomime this year, with Christopher Biggins leading the helm as Widow Twankey. Aladdin has proved to be hugely popular with our audiences, with 20,000 tickets already sold and some performances already selling out. We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of families through our doors for what is set to be an incredible pantomime this Christmas.”
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA from Sat 7 December 2019 – Sun 5 January 2020. Times: Check website. Admission: £20 – £43. Phone: 0203 285 6000