TV's Pete Firman To Join Paul Merton For The Wimbledon Panto

Comedian and magician will play Wishee Washee at New Wimbledon Theatre

Comedian, magician and television regular Pete Firman will join Paul Merton and lead the cast of this year's New Wimbledon Theatre pantomime, Aladdin.

Most recently seen on The Next Great Magician (ITV1), Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1), Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1) and Tommy Cooper Forever (ITV1), Pete burst onto the nation's television screens in Channel 5's ground breaking series Monkey Magic and later starred in BBC1's prime-time Saturday night series The Magicians.

His unique blend of comedy and magic has seen him invited to perform on countless TV programmes, including The John Bishop Show (BBC1), The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC2), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3) and The Magic Show Story (ITV1) amongst many others.

His BBC Radio 4 documentary, Pete Firman's World of Magic, aired to critical acclaim, he acted as magic consultant on the pre-West End revival of Five Guys Named Moe and his book, Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends, was so successful in the UK that it was also released in the USA.

Pete will star as Wishee Washee, Aladdin's somewhat hapless, but magically gifted brother and son to Paul Merton, who stars in the iconic pantomime role of Widow Twankey when it opens on December 8.

This year's panto is produced by Qdos Entertainment, and managing director Michael Harrison said: “I'm so happy that we have tempted Pete back for a second year of panto fun with Qdos after such a successful and hilarious debut last year. Pete has an undeniable gift for magic and illusion, but is also hysterically funny and we can't wait to see what kind of mayhem he'll produce with Paul.”

Theatre Director at New Wimbledon Theatre Nick Parr added: “We caught Pete in panto last year and loved him! Aladdin is shaping-up to be the best show in town this Christmas.”

Aladdin is at New Wimbledon Theatre from Saturday December 8 until Sunday January 6.

August 3, 2018

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