Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson will star in Rapunzel at the Albert Halls Bolton.
The dancer, singer and actor will play Prince George in the enchanted pantomime which is sure to prove a family hit with three performances on Saturday, March 17.
And the search is on for talented youngsters to star alongside him with auditions for the show’s junior ensemble taking pace on Sunday, February 18.
George was just 14 when he wowed the judges and audience on series two of the hit ITV talent show with his winning Singing in the Rain street dance routine. He has gone on to appear in TV shows including Waterloo Road, Casualty and Emmerdale, the films StreetDance 2 and StreetDance 3D and the musical Our House.
He is joined by Channel 5’s Milkshake! presenter Olivia Birchenough as Rapunzel and Nick Jr GO!GO!GO! star Jade Natalie as Fairy Kind Heart. Pantomime funnyman Tam Ryan is Chester the Jester, Lee Redwood plays Queen Penelope Pepperpot and Yvonne Patterson is Horabella.
George, who is from Warrington, performed at Bolton’s Christmas Lights switch on in 2008 and said: “I am excited to be back in Bolton. I’ve got a lot of Bolton Wanderers fans in my family and it’s a place I hold very close to my heart.
“It was amazing when I performed at the Christmas Lights switch on. I had a brilliant reception and I am sure that we will get a similar response for Rapunzel as it’s going to be a great show.”
Olivia added: “I am very excited. Rapunzel is going to be great fun for all the family and a brilliant way to introduce kids to the theatre.”
Performances take place at 11am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm on March 17.
Tickets cost £16 adults, £14 concessions and £54 for a family of four from www.quaytickets.com or 0843 2080 500.
Open auditions for the junior ensemble are being held at the Albert Halls from noon to 3pm on February 18 for boys and girls aged from seven to 18.
Registration takes place from 11.30am and successful candidates must be available to attend all rehearsals on February 24 and 25 and March 3, 4, 10, 11, 16 and 17.