Entertainers AJ and Curtis Pritchard have appeared at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre to launch this winter’s family pantomime, Cinderella.
This is the first time the brothers have appeared in pantomime together as a duo. They are highly regarded for their professional dancer roles on Strictly Come Dancing and Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars. AJ and Curtis will bring with them a wealth of dancing styles to sweep Cinderella off her feet in what promises to be an exciting reopening pantomime for the Grand Theatre.
Fresh from the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! castle, AJ will be taking on the role of Prince Charming, alongside his brother who will be right alongside him as the Prince’s right-hand man, Dandini, allowing plenty of opportunity for mischief and identity-swapping as he helps the Prince and Cinderella to find love… something that Curtis knows all too well having won the hearts of the nation in the 2019 series of Love Island.
On joining the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre pantomime, AJ said: “I am so excited to be appearing in Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this Christmas. For performers everywhere, it has been devastating that theatres have been closed for so long and with such a limited amount of live performance opportunities.
“So what better way to celebrate entertainment being back than a trip to the panto where the whole family can get together again? There is such a good feeling to this show and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re back doing what we love the most and so excited for friends, family and theatregoers to experience the magic of panto again.”
Curtis said; “I’m delighted to be playing Dandini in Cinderella. I have appeared in pantomime before but this is the first time AJ and I have appeared together so it’s really exciting. The past year has been extremely unusual and therefore it’s great to have something to look forward to and know that the year is going to end on a high. AJ and I have been dusting off our dancing shoes so expect some big dance numbers in the show! We can’t wait to get started.”
Adrian Jackson, chief executive and artistic director of the Grand Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to welcome AJ and Curtis to Wolverhampton for our pantomime. Between them, they will bring so much to the show with their infectious personalities and incredible dancing talent. They are such naturals on stage with undeniable showmanship, making them favourites with the whole family. This show will have something for everyone – think of a West End musical, that is the scale! The plans are dazzling and I’m very excited to share with you our new Wolverhampton panto.”
Cinderella will be produced by Imagine Theatre, in partnership with Wolverhampton Grand. Imagine Theatre’s managing director Steve Boden said: “We are thrilled to have been invited by Adrian Jackson to work alongside him and the fantastic team at the Grand Theatre to create this year’s spectacular family pantomime.
“As a West-Midlander myself and having trained in the city, I love the warmth and community spirit that audiences bring to the Grand Theatre pantomimes. Along with AJ and Curtis and some of the most sophisticated production elements ever seen in pantomime, we will spectacularly launch the next generation of Grand Theatre pantomimes.”