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New Theatre announces panto cast

Cardiff’s New Theatre – home to Wales’ no.1 family pantomime – has announced that Samantha Womack, Gareth Thomas, Mike Doyle, Chico and Tam Ryan will star in this year’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Actress and singer Samantha Womack (formerly Samantha Janus) is best-known for her role in EastEnders as the late Ronnie Mitchell, whose chilling on-screen departure was seen by over nine million television viewers last Christmas.

Samantha will play the Wicked Queen, hoping to ensure she remains the fairest of them all by plotting the demise of the beautiful Snow White.

Starring as her henchman will be former Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby star Gareth Thomas, known as ‘Alfie’, who made his panto debut at the New Theatre in 2014.

Back for his fifth consecutive Cardiff pantomime will be British Comedy Award winner, singer and comedian Mike Doyle who will play the nurse.

Starring as Prince Charming is Chico, who became a household name as a finalist on the TV talent show, The X-Factor. He knocked Madonna off the top of the UK chart with his hit Chico Time.

With over 50,000 theatregoers attending last year’s pantomime, audiences are being advised to book early for “the fairest panto of them all”, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs from Saturday 9 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.

Tickets are £13 – £37. For further details and to book tickets visit or call the box office on (029) 2087 8889.

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