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Liverpool Empire's Aladdin stars Ray Quinn and Claire Sweeney

First Family Entertainment's Liverpool panto features two former ''Brookside'' stars.

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Dancing on Ice Champion of Champions, Ray Quinn is returning to the Empire to play the principal role, Aladdin this Christmas featuring all-Liverpool cast including Claire Sweeney, Leanne Campbell and Pete Price.

Claire Sweeney

Following his win, he went on to perform in a sell-out ice skating tour but says he is looking forward to another Christmas at home.

Ray Quinn said, "The Empire is one of the best theatres in the country and I love performing to a home crowd. I'm so pleased that I'm coming home for Christmas again this year. The cast got on really well last year, we're like a little panto family, Liverpool's pantomime dream team!"

Also returning to pantomime at the Empire is Radio City's Leanne Campbell as Princess Jasmine and Pete Price, who'll play the Emperor.

Another former Brookside star, Claire Sweeney will play Genie of the Ring. Claire said, "I can't wait to get on stage at the Empire. I've performed in theatres all over the UK but Liverpool audiences are the best. When I heard Ray was also joining the cast, I was over the moon. We've worked together before so it will be fun to get together again and catch up."

Aladdin runs at the Liverpool Empire from 12 December 2014 - 4 January 2015.