The Bill star to show his villainous side in Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime

He is well known as one of the police officers from TV show The Bill, but actor Graham Cole will be bringing out his villainous side in this year's Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime.

Mr Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in the police drama, will be playing the role of Abanazar in Aladdin which will run from December 18 to January 19.

John Bultitude, from Norwich Theatre Royal, said: 'We are really excited to welcome Graham to the cast of this year's pantomime. Fans of The Bill have never really seen his nasty side before, so this will be an opportunity for him to make all the panto audiences boo and hiss his evil plans.

'Meanwhile the panto creative team are currently working on casting the other parts in the show with more star names to be announced shortly.'

Mr Cole starred in the ITV show for more than 20 years before his character left Sun Hill to be a police driving instructor.

Among his roles on the stage, Mr Cole has played Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, been part of UK tours of The Hollow and Murder At The Vicarage, and appeared in more than 15 pantomimes.

He joins veteran panto dame performer Richard Gauntlett in this year's Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime.

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The show is being sponsored by Almary Green.

• Aladdin is at the theatre from Tuesday, December 18 until Saturday, January 19. Tickets cost �5.50 to �20.

To book call 01603 630000 or visit

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