Okay here we go – 5,6,7,8 the New Theatre pantomime this years stars our very own IAN ‘H’ WATKINS, one fifth of the muti-million, chart topping band STEPS.

Ian is the Man in the Mirror in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS which starts its run this weekend (Saturday 10th) right through to Sunday 8th January 2023.

H will be joined by New Theatre pantomime favourites, rugby legend GARETH THOMAS and panto Dame extraordinaire MIKE DOYLE, who return after a triumphant season last Christmas appearing in Aladdin. The line-up also includes Coronation Street and Emmerdale star SIÂN REEVES, and comedy ventriloquist, BGT finalist STEVE HEWLETT.

South Wales Life went along to meet the cast during rehearsals in the centre of town and captured a bit of the panto action. We were pleased to see a lot of the team back again, after being cut short last year, although we couldn’t believe it’s been 12 months.

We talked everything from the brilliant stage at the New Theatre, to STEPS and Gareth’s gold hot pants – those who have seen him in Panto will know what we’re talking about. Think Kylie Minogue with rugby players legs and you’ll get the gist.

Grab yourself a cuppa and mince pie, and enjoy our Snow White special.


As one fifth of the multi award-winning pop band STEPS, for the last two decades H and his bandmates released over twenty hit singles, five chart-topping studio albums and toured the nation nine times with their inimitable style of pop and famous dance routines, amassing record sales of over 20 million worldwide. After a brief hiatus the group reformed to celebrate their 20th anniversary, releasing new critically acclaimed material delighting existing fans and winning them legions of new ones. Most recently the group combined forces with Michelle Visage, releasing their celebrated hit Heartbreak in this City.

H said……

”CARDIFF! Let’s DO THIS! I am sooo excited to be back home this panto season!! It’s going to be STEPtacular!!!!” 

STEPS – Ian ‘H’ Watkins (right)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is staged by Crossroads Pantomimes, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, led by Michael Harrison and the creative team behind recent New Theatre successes including last year’s production of Aladdin.

Michael Harrison told us……

“It is wonderful to have H joining our pantomime family this season in Cardiff, and we look forward to him bringing his superb vocals and Welsh charm to the role of The Man In The Mirror. I am also delighted to be announcing returning cast members Gareth Thomas and Mike Doyle alongside the addition of the talented Siân Reeves and Steve Hewlett.”

Theatre Director of New Theatre Cardiff, Stephan Stockton added…..

Panto season is such a highlight of our year and I’m delighted to have this fantastic cast confirmed. We’re thrilled to have so much Welsh talent in the cast, we look forward to welcoming Siân Reeves back to the New Theatre and Steve Hewlett who’s making his first visit. I know how much our audiences love this annual festive experience and they will have a great time again this year.

will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS begins its spirited adventure at New Theatre from Saturday until Sunday 8th January 2023. For more information, or to book go HERE It would be a TRAGEDY to miss it.