Overseas star set to wow audiences in Rugby Theatre’s pantomime

Steve Bradnam (Mrs Twankey), Josefina Achaval (Princess Say-Wen) and Michele Marsella (Aladdin)
Steve Bradnam (Mrs Twankey), Josefina Achaval (Princess Say-Wen) and Michele Marsella (Aladdin)

Aladdin, this year’s pantomime at Rugby Theatre, promises to be packed full of thrills and spills, song, dance and audience participation.

The show runs at the Henry Street theatre from January 9 to 18.

She may have sung her country’s national anthem in front of thousands of people at a rugby international at Twickenham, but Josefina Achaval admits she’s still be a bag of nerves on the first night she stars in the show.

Josefina is the partner of Argentinian rugby international Gonzalo Camacho, who plays for Leicester Tigers.

She is a big name in Argentina, where she found fame in her country’s equivalent of The X Factor.

Now she is joining Rugby’s talented amateurs for Aladdin, playing Princess Say-Wen in Mike Allen’s production.

She said: “I heard about Rugby Theatre through a friend, who said they were a lovely, friendly group of people and that I would have a good time if I was able to join.”

Mike Allen, who wrote and devised the panto, as well as directing the show, said it was a real treat to have Josefina among the cast.

He said: “Aladdin is one of my very favourite pantos and to have a big star like Josefina in the show has made it even more special.

“And she’s joined by some real Rugby favourites too, like Michele Marsella who plays Aladdin, Mark Baird who is the evil Abanazer, and one of our regular ‘dames’ Steve Bradnam as Mrs Twankey.

“It really should be a wonderful show, and we can’t wait for the fun to start on Friday.”

Tickets cost £10 and £11 and are available from the Rugby Theatre box office on (01788) 541234, or the website, www.rugbytheatre.co.uk/aladdin