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Aladdin news james mackenzie as abanazar

If you want panto casting news, then your wish is our command! We can now exclusively reveal who is lined up to play the role of ‘baddie’ Abanazar this Christmas...

James Mackenzie is probably best known for his Role as Raven in the Multi BAFTA award winning CBBC series of the same name. It has garnered cult status, spanning 15 series, and filmed in far flung exotic locations such as India. It’s popularity saw it air from Canada to Australia and lots of places in between.

James tells us:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be appearing at Mansfield Palace Theatre for this year’s production of Aladdin. Oh yes I am! I’m really excited about collaborating with UK Productions and can’t wait to see what mischief I can get up to with Mansfield’s favourite funny man, Adam Moss. Let the challenge begin!”

James has worked for many theatre companies including The National Theatre of Scotland and has performed all over the UK in everything from Macbeth to Sunshine On Leith the Musical. He has been a regular in BBC Scotland Soap Opera River City, has had guest appearances in Still Game and Outlander, and in the last few years has been introduced to a whole new generation, as James in the smash hit CBeebies series Molly and Mack. He has also had the immense pleasure of being part of the CBeebies Christmas shows for the last few years and the incredible honour of performing on stage at the Globe for CBeebies Shakespeare.

And of course, like most Scottish actors, James has been in Taggart - more than once!

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Published: 24th May 2024