NEWS: Donny Osmond to Star in Pantoland at the London Palladium

The production will play at the West End theatre from the 4th December.

It has been announced that singer Donny Osmond will be joining the cast of Pantoland as the Wizard of Pantomime when the production arrives at the London Palladium in December.

He joins the previously announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Jac Yarrow and Sophie Isaacs in the show which is directed by Michael Harrison and celebrates the world of pantomime in a unique way.

With a career that spans across five decades, Donny Osmond has established a career as a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host. His new album ‘Start Again is set to be released soon and he will be doing his first ever solo residency inside Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s in Las Vegas before coming to London to star in Pantoland.

Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin have starred in pantomimes at The London Palladium since 2016 with Cinderella.  Gary Wilmot joined the cast in 2017 and together they have performed in Dick Whittington, Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and last year’s Pantoland at The Palladium. 

The cast are joined by Jac Yarrow, who made his Palladium pantomime debut last Christmas, and is currently starring in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium; and Sophie Isaacs who previously starred in the title role in 2019’s production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and can currently be seen in SIX the Musical.  

Talking about the news, director Michael Harrison said: “Pantoland at The Palladium was originally created for the 2020 season and was sadly cut short due to the tiering system which meant we only played 6 performances to a reduced capacity of just 1000 people per performance.  However, the reaction to the show was unlike anything any of us had seen before so the thought of bringing it back as an even bigger and better Christmas extravaganza was too good an idea to resist.  Imagine my excitement when Donny Osmond, one of the greatest entertainers in the world, agreed to join my brilliant returning favourites as the Wizard of Pantomime.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest stars alongside the greatest performers in pantomime at the world’s greatest theatre.”

The creative team behind the production includes: choreographer Karen Bruce, set designer Ian Westbrook, costume designer Hugh Durrant, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Gareth Owen and composer and orchestrator Gary Hind.

Pantoland will play at the London Palladium from the 4th December until the 9th January 2022. 

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