Famous dame Richard Gauntlett to star in Norwich Theatre Royal panto
Long-standing dame Richard Gauntlett has been confirmed to star in Norwich Theatre Royal's next panto of Aladdin – making it his 12th appearance in a row.
The announcement comes as a Norwich-based financial advisory firm, Almary Green, is continuing its links with the theatre, Aladdin being their second sponsored production.
Following the success of Sleeping Beauty, showing until Sunday, Carl Lamb, founder and managing director of Almary Green, said: 'The Theatre Royal pantomime is part of Norfolk's heritage and plays a key role in bringing the experience of live entertainment to families throughout the county. I'm delighted and proud to be able to be involved with the 2012/13 production.'
Mr Lamb first came to Norwich in 1979 with the Royal Air Force and hasn't left since. His firm's sponsorship is building on the thousands of pounds Almary Green intend to use throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to various appeals and spreading Mr Lamb's passion for the experience of theatre.
He said: 'For a company, it's not all about making money, but also about giving something back to the community, and helping people who are less fortunate than others.'
With a full cast list yet to be confirmed, the Theatre Royal has already sold hundreds of tickets for the production of Aladdin, showing from December 18 to January 19, 2013.
Mr Gauntlett praised the theatre, saying it was one of the best in the country.
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He added: 'The Theatre Royal just keeps getting better and better, and the audience clearly think so too.
'Families are coming to see the pantos two or three times in one year.'
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