A1 singer set for mag­i­cal ad­ven­ture

Egham News - - LEISURE -

WHILE chil­dren are known to scream in ex­cite­ment on see­ing Justin Fletcher, one of the stars of this year’s pan­tomime at the New Vic­to­ria The­atre, another cast mem­ber might re­mind older au­di­ence mem­bers of the days when they re­acted in the same way.

Ben Adams, who shot to fame with the boy­band A1, is play­ing ti­tle role in Aladdin, which is pre­sented at the Wok­ing venue over Christ­mas and un­til Satur­day Jan­uary 10.

The band won a Brit Award in 2001 and a few moth­ers at­tend­ing the show might have had a soft spot for Adams, who topped a Smash Hits mag­a­zine poll that year for be­ing the ‘most fan­cia­ble male’ in pop mu­sic.

After split­ting the fol­low­ing year, the band re-formed in 2009 and has ap­peared in re­union con­certs at some of Bri­tain’s big­gest mu­sic venues.

Adams has also been busy writ­ing songs and pro­duc­ing for other artists in­clude X-Fac­tor win­ner Alexan­dra Burke and Amer­i­can Robin Thicke. He was a con­tes­tant in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2009 and also ap­peared in his first pan­tomime that year, play­ing Prince Charm­ing in a Mil­ton Keynes pro­duc­tion of Cin­derella.

Be­fore the start of Aladdin’s month-long stint in Wok­ing, Adams was ex­cited – both about the show and the ap­proach of the fes­tive sea­son. “Christ­mas is my favourite time of the year,” the 33-year-old said.

“Pan­tomime is very dif­fer­ent from any­thing else I’ve done. And Aladdin is one of my favourites. I don’t have a fly­ing car­pet but I wish I did and I can ap­pre­ci­ate the rags-to-riches story. It’s go­ing to be fun.”

Although he had not pre­vi­ously per­formed at the New Vic­to­ria The­atre, Adams went there to see Bobby Davro’s Gala Spec­tac­u­lar fundraiser for Wok­ing Hospice and he was im­pressed by what he saw.

“It’s a great the­atre, quite big,” the Lon­doner said.

“I was hop­ing to do a pan­tomime near home, and my mum lives in Esher. I do my Christ­mas shop­ping in Wok­ing and Guild­ford most years.”

So shop­pers might catch a glimpse of Adams in TK Maxx, a shop he has been known to visit but to see him as Aladdin with chil­dren’s TV star Fletcher (Mr Tum­ble), Corona­tion Street’s Steven Arnold and other big names from the world of show­busi­ness, head to the New Vic­to­ria.

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Ben Adams with Justin Fletcher and Ja­son Sut­ton.

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