Cecil joins panto launch!

Cecil the Sinaloan milk snake had a starring role in the launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s forthcoming Christmas pantomime.


The colourful VIP took his place in the official cast line-up for this year’s show, Aladdin, and quickly made friends with the stars – especially actress Lisa Riley who took a particular liking to the friendly reptile!

The panto, which DZG is sponsoring, opens in seven weeks and was officially launched on Tuesday.

Boasting the theatre’s biggest cast the show features X Factor winner, Joe McElderry in the title role, Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Lucy Kay, CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom and the Black Country’s very own Doreen.


DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “It’s great to be once again teaming up with The Grand Theatre and we’re all looking forward to the show.

“Cecil was very well behaved for the press launch and the cast were keen to learn more about him and hear about the work of the zoo from our Outreach Co-ordinator, Sally Skinner.

“We’ve extended an invitation to the panto stars to come and visit us so we hope to welcome them during the show’s six-week run.”

Aladdin runs from December 10 to January 22.

CLICK HERE or call the box office on 01902 429212 to book tickets!


  • Pictured top: The cast of Aladdin 2016 at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with Cecil.
  • Pictured above: Lazy Empress, Doreeen, meets Cecil and DZG Outreach Co-ordinator, Sally Skinner

Thanks to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the photographs!