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Which Norwich City legend appeared on stage during Theatre Royal panto?

PUBLISHED: 07:03 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:34 20 December 2019

Former Norwich City footballer Grant Holt surprised the audience at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Norwich Theatre Royal

Former Norwich City footballer Grant Holt surprised the audience at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Norwich Theatre Royal

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Former Norwich City star surprises audience with guest appearance in Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime.

Grant Holt said he would like to return and play another role at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Norwich Theatre RoyaGrant Holt said he would like to return and play another role at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Norwich Theatre Roya

He's more used to hearing the phrase 'he's behind you' when referring to close marking by his rivals, but last night a Norwich City legend joined the cast of the Theatre Royal pantomime. Hot shot striker Grant Holt surprised the crowd at Thursday night's performance of Cinderella with a cameo role as a postman.

Holt, who was a fans favourite scoring more than 75 goals for the club, many of them in the Premier League, was on the stage for around two minutes in a hilarious exchange with the Fairy Godmother and Buttons.

It comes as the theatre launched it's new partnership with the football club, with other guest appearance expected over the next few weeks.

Speaking afterwards, the now retired striker, who has also tried his hand at wrestling since quitting the game, said: "It was a great experience. I have watched pantomime so many times but to be on stage in front of so many people watching me was bizarre but I really loved it. It keeps your mind active and it has given me a taste for performing.

Grant Holt played the role of the Postman in Norwich Theatre Royal's Cinderella pantomime. Picture: Norwich Theatre RoyalGrant Holt played the role of the Postman in Norwich Theatre Royal's Cinderella pantomime. Picture: Norwich Theatre Royal

"The cast have been fantastic. You can tell they make an incredible effort and they made it very easy for me. I have really enjoyed it. I did not have a lot of time to rehearse but it was not the biggest part in the world so it was not too bad.

"I might try and get a part in Dick Whittington next year. I don't want too many lines though. I am just going to wait and see what the reviews are like for my performance in Cinderella first."

The show runs until January 19 2020.

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