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Gareth Gates and Keith Harris will be the stars of the Cinderella panto at Crewe Lyceum Theatre later this year.

Pop sensation Gates will star as The Prince in the theatre’s family pantomime, alongside veteran entertainer Keith Harris and his friends Orville and Cuddles.

Gates rose to stardom in 2002 as runner-up in the UK’s first Pop Idol.

He has sold more than 3.5 million records in the UK, released three albums and had four UK number 1 singles.

Gareth’s international fame has also seen him named as Best International Male in Asia, China and Taiwan.

Alongside his pop career, Gates has been seen on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice, the widely praised documentary Stop my Stutter for BBC Three and on The Big Reunion 2014 for ITV.

Gates’ theatre career has seen him in Les Misérables, Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the UK tours of Legally Blonde and Boogie Nights the Musical.

His autumn tour of Mad About the Musicals will also see him at Crewe Lyceum on Friday October 23, alongside Michael Courtney.

Keith Harris is no stranger to Crewe Lyceum. He was part of the star line-up who re-launched the theatre at a celebratory gala in 2013.

In Cinderella, Keith will be accompanied by his cheeky creations, Orville and Cuddles, with whom Keith has starred in every major theatre throughout the UK.

This will be his 44th pantomime appearance, having made his debut at the age of just nine.

Executive producer of Cinderella Jonathan Kiley, said: “We are thrilled to have such an impressive cast already confirmed for our Crewe Lyceum pantomime.

“Bringing together the singing and stage talent of Gareth Gates with the unmissable comedy of renowned ventriloquist, Keith Harris, guarantees another first-class show for Cheshire audiences.”

Gordon Millar, director of Crewe Lyceum Theatre, said: “We’re delighted to welcome singing superstar Gareth Gates and comedy legend Keith Harris to the Lyceum this Christmas.

“With six shows already nearing a sell-out, Cinderella is quickly proving why Crewe Lyceum’s pantomime is a beloved festive tradition for families across the region.”

Cinderella at Crewe Lyceum Theatre runs from Saturday December 12 to Sunday January 3.

For tickets and information visit or call 01270 368242.

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