Thomson to play Abanazar in Derby’s Aladdin

Published: 3 July 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

"Impressive showbiz CV": John Thomson

John Thomson will play Abanazar in Aladdin at Derby Arena in December 2022—unless he gets cold feet.

Thomson is known for playing Pete Gifford in the ITV comedy Cold Feet. He said, “I’m very excited to bring my own brand of panto magic, playing the baddie Abanazar in Aladdin this Christmas—as well as getting to know the locals, the city and perfecting my Derby accent!”

Morgan Brind and Alan Bowles from Derby-based Little Wolf Entertainment who will produce the panto said, “we’re elated that John will be joining our cast of Aladdin. John has an impressive showbiz CV from his recent appearance as Bush Baby in series two of The Masked Singer to his antics in the 1990's comedy The Fast Show along with voicing a number of characters in Spitting Image.

“John recently finished shooting a guest lead in series two of ITV's Professor T opposite Ben Miller and we can’t wait to see him in action on the Derby Arena stage.”

Aladdin will run from Friday 9 until Saturday 31 December.

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