X Factor star Andy Abraham joins panto cast

Former binman Andy Abraham was dubbed “The voice of the People” when he appeared in the 2005 series of the show, in which he came runner-up.

A SINGER who shot to fame on The X Factor will star in this year’s Rotherham panto.

He went on to record four studio albums, one of which reached number two in the charts, and performed in numerous UK tours, as well representing the UK in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

He is also no stranger to the theatre, having appeared in the UK tour of Boogie Nights and the West End hit Respect La Diva, as well as countless pantomimes all over the country. 

Andy will be touring the UK in The Nat King Cole Songbook as a warm-up to his run in family pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

Steve Boden, managing director of production company Imagine Theatre, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Rotherham for this year’s festive season. 

“Last year’s production of Dick Whittington was a great success and we got some wonderful feedback from audience members. 

“We are really pleased to be working with Andy for the first time this year and his fabulous vocal talent means we are all particularly excited about the musical numbers for the show.

“Sleeping Beauty is one of the UK’s most loved pantomimes — it tells the story of a princess who is cursed by the wicked fairy Carabosse so that upon her 18th birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep. 

“Of course, for our version we have added all the traditional elements of pantomime with a larger than life dame and a hilarious comic, lots of fun slapstick routines and elaborate musical numbers. 

“It is definitely going to be another great show this year.”

Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday, November 29, until Sunday, January 5.

Visit www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01709 823621 to book tickets.