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Worthing Theatres have announced that Lee Latchford-Evans from pop supergroup Steps will headline as the title role in this year’s magical family pantomime, Aladdin, at the Pavilion Theatre from Friday 30th November 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019.

Lee joined pop phenomenon Steps in 1997 and achieved huge success with the band selling in excess of 20 million records worldwide. In 2000 they were awarded the prestigious BRIT award for Best Live Act.

After a decade apart pursuing individual projects, Steps reformed in 2011 with top-rated fly-on-the wall documentary Steps Reunion. The overwhelming popularity with which Steps’ return was received sparked a second TV series, Steps on the Road, a sell-out arena tour and a No 1 album.

2017 marked Steps’ 20th anniversary which they celebrated with the release of their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor, which again topped the charts.

Following their outdoor Summer of Steps Tour this year, the band announced that they will be starting work on their hotly anticipated sixth studio album.

An experienced actor, Lee has also starred in musicals in London’s West End including playing Teen Angel in Grease, feature films such as the newly released DeadRinger and numerous pantomimes.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Aladdin for Worthing panto. In fact, Lee previously played the role for us in a record-breaking production 3 years ago. Lee has the perfect charm and good looks to play cheeky-chappy Aladdin, not to mention an outstanding singing voice making him a ‘Step’ above the rest.

With floor-filling songs, rip-roaring comedy, awe-inspiring special effects and a magical story that all the family can enjoy, Aladdin promises to be Worthing’s most STEP-tacular panto yet! Lee joins an already highly talented cast with comedians Vikki Stone and Mark Jones already announced, as well as CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley.

Aladdin runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 30th November 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019.

Tickets for this family favourite pantomime are on sale now via the website or at the Box Office on 01903 206 206.