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The hospitality industry’s #1 pantomime is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever (oh yes it is).

The four-night West End run of Aladdin begins this Wednesday 31 at the Arts Theatre in Soho.

Treading the boards? An all-star cast, featuring some of the biggest and wiggiest bigwigs in the industry, including our very own Anita Murray.

WME (William Murray Express) catches up with Anita Murray to talk X, Y, & Z ahead of the opening night of the West End’s smash hit musical pantomime – Aladdin.

WME: Anita, thanks for talking to us. It’s opening night. Any nerves?

AM: Oh yes there is! At one point I have to sing and dance on a box, which is a bit of a challenge for someone with vertigo. But the rest of the cast are great at calming each other down. There’s a real feeling of team work which is very uplifting. 

WME: What’s your favourite number in the whole show?

AM: This year there’s so much more singing and dancing, which makes it really exciting and a great show. I love all of the songs but particularly Dirty with the two ‘dames’. Their feminine side certainly comes out in their performance. 

WME: We know you’ve been rehearsing long and hard. Any particular highs, lows, or backstage dramas you can tell us about?

AM: What can I say. What happens in the panto stays in the panto. But there are a few shoe fetishists that have come out of the closet – mentioning no names (but open to bribes)

WME: Sadly, your role doesn’t afford you such a luxury, but if you did have three wishes, what would you wish for?                                                               

AM: That Trump was a bad dream. I hadn’t eaten so much on our works trip to Mallorca. I didn’t have to wear orange rights and look like Boso, not me darling. 

WME: Who would win in a fight, your or Widow Twankey?

AM: I grew up in Cumbria – what do you think?

WME: If you could share a stage with anyone in the world – who would it be?

AM: Hugh Jackman. He’s amazing in The Greatest Showman and not unattractive on the eye. 

WME: And finally, this is the second year in a row you’ve done the panto, what makes you keep coming back?

AM: I love our industry. It’s so special. And that’s all because of the people who make it – we like a laugh, we love what we do, and we help each other. The panto is just the perfect example of that. It’s a bit of fun, a good chance to meet like-minded people, and an excellent way to raise money to support the fantastic work Springboard do.

The show will run from the 31st of January until the 2nd of February, at the Arts Theatre in Soho. Click here to get your tickets.

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