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Panto cast announcement: Mark Read

Panto cast announcement: Mark Read

We’re so excited to announce that boyband heartthrob Mark Read will joining us for this year’s panto, bringing his infamous charisma to Worthing.

About Mark

Singer-songwriter Mark achieved global success with 90s boyband A1, releasing five studio albums and a string of UK and international Top Five hits, reaching the coveted Number One spot with ‘Same Old Brand New You’ and their cover of A-ha’s classic ‘Take On Me’. Their critical and popular acclaim led to numerous awards including MTV, Smash Hits, Disney Channel, and the prestigious Brit award for Best Newcomer. 

The band split in 2002 after four years of chart-topping success but joined forces once again (this time as a three-piece with Mark, Ben and Christian) in 2014 for ITV’s hugely popular documentary series The Big Reunion. The candid programme gave fans an insight into the highs and lows of the group’s history culminating in a major UK arena tour and a renewed surge of appetite from their loyal fan base. In 2018, A1 announced that original member Paul would be reuniting with the band for the first time in 15 years for a huge 20th anniversary tour. Their first UK concert date of the tour at London’s O2 Academy Islington sold out in a breath-taking four minutes. 

Away from the band, accomplished musician and songwriter Mark has written for international artistes including Michael Bolton, Boyzone, The Hollies, John Barrowman and Charlotte Church. Mark has also established himself as a confident musical theatre performer. In recent years he has enjoyed successful runs of hit shows Guys and Dolls, Rent and Spoonful of Sherman, Corny Collins in feel-good favourite, Hairspray, alongside astrologer Russell Grant as Edna, as well as the playing Prince Charming in Worthing’s Cinderella in 2019.

About the Panto

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Pantomime runs at the Pavilion Theatre from Thursday 1 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023. Tickets are available from £10. For more information or to book your tickets visit www.wtm.uk or call the WTM Box Office on 01903 206 206.

Golden Week runs from Thursday 1 December to Thursday 8 December 2021, with all tickets priced £10-£18.

Keep an eye out for our cast announcements on our website and social media channels!

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