A former Strictly Come Dancing star will be taking to the stage in Lowestoft in a magical role to thrill children.

Robin Windsor, who began his dance training in Ipswich at the age of three, will join the cast of the Marina Theatre's pantomime Aladdin.

He will be playing the pivotal role of the Genie of the Lamp.

Mr Windsor partnered with Lisa Riley in the 2012 series, lifting the glitter ball as Strictly champions.

He has also partnered Anita Dobson, Patsy Kensit and Deborah Meaden in the popular Saturday night programme which made him an instant favourite with viewers.

Eastern Daily Press: Robin WindsorRobin Windsor (Image: Marina Theatre)

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I’m delighted Robin will be performing in pantomime this December at the Marina Theatre.

"He has such energy and charisma, he’s perfectly cast as Genie of the Lamp, a role he has performed before in Bridlington and Redditch.

"Robin has also played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at the Pavilion in Worthing, so he’ll bring some strictly swagger and attitude to the role too.”

Leading the cast in the title role will be Anthony Sohta, who shot to national recognition in the BBC talent competition Let it Shine where Gary Barlow auditioned young hopefuls for his stage musical The Band.

Joining the panto will be returning star Terry Gleed as Wishy Washy and back by popular demand is Alexander Lee who wowed audiences as Fleshcreep in Jack & the Beanstalk and who will take up the role of Abanaza.

Completing the main cast is actress Mia Longman who will play the princess.

READ MORE: REVIEW of last year's Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime!

Eastern Daily Press: Marina Theatre and Cinema in Lowestoft, SuffolkMarina Theatre and Cinema in Lowestoft, Suffolk (Image: Mick Howes)

Aladdin is at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from December 12 to January 1.

Book your tickets at the Marina Theatre Box Office on 01502 533200.

Or book online at marinatheatre.co.uk.