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‘H’ to star in New Theatre panto

The New Theatre has announced Ian ‘H’ Watkins from international pop group Steps will lead the cast in this year’s magical family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as The Man In The Mirror from Saturday 10 December 2022.

Steps released over 20 hit singles, five chart-topping studio albums and toured the nation nine times, amassing record sales of over 20 million worldwide.

H will be joined by New Theatre pantomime favourites, rugby legend Gareth Thomas and panto Dame extraordinaire Mike Doyle, who return after a triumphant season last Christmas appearing in Aladdin. The line-up also includes Coronation Street and Emmerdale star Siân Reeves, and comedy ventriloquist, BGT semi-finalist Steve Hewlett.

Theatre Director of New Theatre Cardiff, Stephan Stockton, said:Panto season is such a highlight of our year and I’m delighted to have this fantastic cast confirmed. We’re thrilled to have so much Welsh talent in the cast, we look forward to welcoming Siân Reeves back to the New Theatre and Steve Hewlett who’s making his first visit. I know how much our audiences love this annual festive experience and they will have a great time again this year.”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from Saturday 10 December 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023. For more information, or to book, visit

Meanwhile, the producers of musical comedy Rock of Ages, which plays at the New Theatre next month, have announced the return of Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy as Dennis Dupre’, a role he previously played to huge acclaim in 2018.

Kevin joins the previously announced X Factor winner and musical theatre star Matt Terry, Sam Turrell, Gabriella Williams, Vicki Manser and Kellie Rhianne.

Rock of Ages plays at the New Theatre from 17-21 May. You can book tickets here or phone the box office on 0343 310 0041.

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