Famous stars for a white christmas

Adam Cooper, Ken Farrington, Aled Jones, getting ready for White Christmas at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from November 11 - 26.
Adam Cooper, Ken Farrington, Aled Jones, getting ready for White Christmas at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from November 11 - 26.
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It’s cold outside and the snow starts to fall, as you place the star on top of the Christmas tree.

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, has even landed its very own star with singer, presenter and broadcaster, Aled Jones.

He is playing the role of Bob Wallace in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

But audiences are in for a double treat as he stars alongside The Guide Award nominated Singin’ In The Rain star and principle dancer, Adam Cooper, as Phil Davis.

But the role isn’t completely new to Aled, as he first played the character at The Lowry, in Salford.

Aled says: ‘I did it three years ago with Adam and I loved it. We get along really well. He’s one of the main reasons I do it.

‘It’s not everyday you get to do something like that, with musicians working with you. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity. I get to sing White Christmas, and an amazing ballad, and lots of other pieces that I love.’

The Welsh singer is well known for presenting Songs Of Praise on BBC 1, BBC radio 2’s The Early Breakfast Show, Good Morning Sunday, and The Choir on BBC Radio 3.

He even presents programmes such as Escape To The Country and Cash In The Attic on the BBC, so it’s little wonder he doesn’t have much time for anything else.

He explains: ‘I have one day off until January 6 so I’m really busy. My new album (Forever) is coming out at the end of September so I am doing a lot of promoting for that. But the last six years have always been like this.’

He describes his new album as ‘inspirational’ music.

‘There’s stuff from musical theatre,’ Aled adds, ‘and there’s even a Beatles song. It’s a real mixed bag. I’ve written a piece myself as well.’

It may seem like life is flying a full speed for the singer, but his plans for the future are hazy.

Aled says: ‘I haven’t got a clue what the future holds, which is lovely.

‘I just can’t wait for these shows. I’m getting really excited now.’

White Christmas will run at the theatre from November 11 – 26.

Tickets cost £15 to £39.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or visit mayflower.org.uk.