HALIFAX pantomime king Neil Hurst will play Wishee Washee in Aladdin this year – and will have laundry duties both on and off stage.
Calderdale-born Neil revealed this week he and wife Emily are expecting their second child in September.
So by the time the Scarborough-based entertainer takes to the Victoria Theatre stage for next winter’s Halifax panto spectacular he will be well versed in the art of those “laundry blues.”
Neil will return for his hat trick of Halifax pantomimes on Saturday, December 10.
Two years ago he was a huge hit as Buttons in Cinderella and the latest production, Sleeping Beauty, in which he played Josh the Jester, broke all box office records, with 25,128 people seeing the show.
Neil said: “This will be my fifth time playing Wishee Washee in professional pantomime.
“Buttons is my favourite role because you get a bit of romance but playing Wishee Washee is good because they put you through a mangle.”
He added: “I am over the moon to be coming back. It’s not Christmas if I’m not in Halifax.”
In the meantime, Neil has a summer season with Billy Pearce to look forward to at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, and two fund-raising events planned at the Victoria Theatre later in the year.
John Sell, marketing manager at the Victoria, said: “Audiences simply love Neil and we are delighted he is coming back for Aladdin.”
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