Gareth Gates joins cast of this year’s Darlington Hippodrome pantomime

He will be joined by the The Chase’s Vixen Jenny Ryan as The Wicked Queen and the hilarious Josh Benson as Muddles.

Gareth Gates rose to stardom in 2002 as runner-up in the UK’s first Pop Idol.

In a huge career that followed, he has sold more than 3.5 million records in the UK, released three albums, and had four UK number one singles as well as storming the Musical Theatre circuit in productions such as Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, and Loserville, and is currently on tour around the UK in The Spongebob Musical.

The Northern Echo: Jenny Ryan, Gareth Gates and Josh Benson join cast of Darlington Hippodrome's pantomime. Picture: Darlington HippodromeJenny Ryan, Gareth Gates and Josh Benson join cast of Darlington Hippodrome’s pantomime. Picture: Darlington Hippodrome (Image: Darlington Hippodrome)

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Best known as The Vixen on ITV’s The Chase, Jenny Ryan joins the cast as The Wicked Queen.

In 2015 she joined the hallowed team of Chasers on ITV’s award-winning teatime hit The Chase, now in its fifteenth series.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind last year’s production of The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, Crossroads Pantomimes.

Crossroads Pantomime’s Chief Executive Michael Harrison said: “I’m thrilled to have Gareth, Jenny and Josh with us in pantomime this year at Darlington Hippodrome.

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“Gareth is an immensely talented artist and has always wowed audiences everywhere he’s appeared in panto.

“Jenny is a powerhouse and will be a fantastic addition to the show alongside the hilarious, energetic talent that is Josh.

“I’m certain that with the three of them together on stage, Darlington audiences are in for a real treat this Christmas.”

Speaking on the casting, Heather Tarran-Jones, programming and development director of Darlington Hippodrome said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Gareth, Jenny and Josh will be with us for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and I am sure they will be a great hit with audiences of all ages.”

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is sponsored locally by BHP Law and Babul’s Darlington.

Tickets are on sale now for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which runs from Friday, December 8, through to New Year’s Eve.

Visit or call 01325 405405 to book.

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