Let It Shine star Anthony plays Peter Pan

Anthony Sahota from BBC’s Let It Shine is to star alongside Dancing on Ice champion Sam Attwater and the lead singer of multi-platinum selling group Liberty X, Kelli Young in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at the Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield this Christmas.

Fresh from this year’s BBC smash hit singing competition Let it Shine, Chesterfield Theatres has announced that singing star Anthony Sahota, is set to tread the boards as Peter Pan, joining previously announced EastEnders’ star Sam Attwater and Liberty X’s lead vocalist Kelli Young  in the swashbuckling  family favourite pantomime.

Following a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University, Anthony starred in the BBC’s exciting new talent competition Let it Shine which aimed to find young performers to star in The Band, a new stage musical featuring the songs of Take That.

The fresh new talent format was presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, with Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp serving as celebrity judges throughout the series.

A passionate singer and performer, Anthony had record deal offers prior to the show but decided to finish his degree before pursuing his singing dreams! He has his mum Caroline to thank for his starring role in the primetime show. She nominated him having seen ads online for the show, leading to an unforgettable moment for Anthony when Gary Barlow surprised him by turning up at his graduation to tell him he had been selected for the show!

Recalling the day Anthony said: “I was absolutely speechless. To be selected from hundreds of applicants for an opportunity like this and for it to be announced in front of all of my family by Gary Barlow was just the greatest feeling.”

Throughout the show Anthony received praise for his unique vocal style and beautiful renditions of current chart hits. A highlight was performing with his childhood favourite pop group Busted on national TV. He went on to reach the quarter final stage in the contest.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said, “Anthony is a talented young musician and performer with the right fun, energy and talent to play the adventurous and slightly cheeky chappy character Peter Pan.

“He completes a trio of sensationally talented singers in joining soap and stage star Sam Attwater and Liberty X’s lead vocalist Kelli Young in this classic family pantomime.

“With unbelievable singing talents, great comedy and spectacular costumes and scenery lined up this year’s pantomime truly does have something for everyone.”

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan opens on  December 2 and plays till January 2, 2018. Tickets are available now from the Box Office (01246 345 222) and online at http://www.www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.