Pantomime stars bring cheer to Aberdeen shopping centre

© DC ThomsonPictured from left: Alan McHugh, Lee Mead and  Jordan Young. Picture by Heather Fowlie.
Pictured from left: Alan McHugh, Lee Mead and Jordan Young. Picture by Heather Fowlie.

Panto stars were in Aberdeen yesterday bringing some cheer at the launch of this year’s show.

Lee Mead, Alan McHugh and Jordan Young were in the Bon Accord Centre dressed in full costume to promote Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which will run from December 1 at His Majesty’s Theatre.

It was the second time Mead, who is best known for winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, has been in the Granite City having performed in a Miss Saigon production in Aberdeen 13 years ago.

And the actor, who has been cast as Prince Charming in the upcoming pantomime, revealed he was impressed with the venue for the show.

He said: “His Majesty’s Theatre is simply a beautiful theatre.

“The pantomime is the only art form that can bring so many generations together, it is a magical experience to be a part of.

“It can be hard to spend the Christmas holidays away from our families, but we still get the chance to share the festive period with the families in the audience – in this case in Aberdeen.”

Mead will appear on stage alongside returning pantomime favourites Alan McHugh and Jordan Young.

Young, known for his appearances in TV shows Doctors and Law & Order, will play the role of Muddles.

And McHugh, who is also writing the show’s script, has been cast as Nurse Nellie MacDuff in his 14th pantomime at HMT.

He said: “It has certainly been the most challenging pantomime for me to write.

“Snow White has far more elements than other stories, the additional characters of the dwarves and Wicked Queen bring more to the story.

“I can’t wait to bring the characters to life on stage. The bond and communication we get to have with the audience is fantastic – it will be a privilege to go out there and entertain the people of Aberdeen again.”

The trio will return to Aberdeen in November to begin rehearsals.

They will be joined by the actress playing Snow White, who be officially announced as a cast member later this week.

Jane Spiers, of Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “We are so excited to welcome the cast to HMT this year for our wonderful pantomime Snow White.

“Lee Mead certainly fits the bill as a dashing prince – he will bring a wealth of experience and star quality to the stage and it will be a joy to see him alongside the much-loved comedy dream team of Jordan and Alan.”

Snow White will run at His Mjesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen and will run until January 6, 2019.