By Ian Dipple Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 09:21
FORMER soap star Todd Carty is planning to draw on his experience playing ‘the nastiest man ever’ when he takes to the stage in this year’s Palace panto, writes Ian Dipple.
The 50-year-old terrorised the fictional city of Sun Hill for more than two years as evil copper PC Gabriel Kent and is now preparing to strike fear into the hearts of Redditch pantomime lovers as the villainous Abanazaar in Aladdin, which begins at The Palace Theatre from December 9.
“PC Gabriel Kent was the most nastiest man ever, he terrorised Sun Hill so the cat was pretty safe that day because I got all my evil and nastiness out on set playing that role,” he told the Standard.
“There’s just something about playing the baddie, getting the boos and when you get that lamp they really rip the roof off.
“Of all the pantos it’s a really nice one because it’s a great story, good versus evil, boy gets girl and Abanazaar scares the living daylights out of the children.
“The great thing about pantomime is it’s for children from five to 85.
“It really transcends across the generations and for some people, particularly young people, it’s the first time they’ve ever been in a theatre and what a magical way to start.
“This is such a lovely intimate theatre and I’m really looking forward to what the good citizens of Redditch and surrounding areas think about our wonderful pantomime Aladdin so do come along, tickets are selling fast.”
The ex-Eastender is well prepared for the world of pantomime because as well as playing Abanazaar last year in Kings Lynn, he has also recently finished a three year stint playing Patsy in hit West End show Spamalot based on the Monty Python film The Holy Grail.
“It’s posh panto, it’s exactly the same formula, boy meets girl, good versus bad and it was such fun I would almost put it on the NHS as therapy for people who are feeling just a little bit low,” he added.
“It has got all the same silly, good old British knockabout humour and life is short, if you can’t laugh what can you do?”
Redditch won’t be the only place people will see Todd this Christmas as he will be appearing on television screens around December in Driving Academy on the BBC, which he filmed with his second eldest son Thomas.
He is also set to start shooting a film in Ireland next year playing a mysterious fisherman, which along with his family keeps him busy so he doesn’t miss the world of soap.
“Grange Hill, Tucker’s Luck, Eastenders, The Bill, Spamalot, all those were a huge part of my life but it’s nice to be able to do different things here and there.”
Aladdin runs at the Palace Theatre from Monday, December 9 to Sunday, January 5. Visit www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01527 65203 for tickets.
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