“With a bit of luck” Olympia Theatre producer says he’d love to have Al Porter back

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The producer of the Olympia Theatre panto has said that he would love to have Al Porter back starring in the Christmas show.

Last year the comedian and tv presenter ‘stepped aside’ from the lead role in Polly and the Beanstalk after allegations about of sexual misconduct.

“Al was part of the Olympia family for a long time and hopefully at some stage will be back,” producer Stuart O’Connor said.

“In one sense you go, ‘things happen and you need to just rise over it and get on with it and do it’. I suppose that’s where the job of being a producer really comes in,” said added.

Stuart added that the team working on the panto were “all very fond of Al” and wanted to make sure the show still worked. Al was replaced by Rory Cowan after he left last year.

Al Porter as Polly
Al Porter as Polly

The producer told the Independent that they are hoping to have the 24-year-old back in the panto at some stage.

“With a bit of luck and if things pan out the way we all hope they will we would love to have him back. His first love is the Olympia panto. There’s no doubt about it. It really is.

“He grew up there and so his first love is the Olympia Panto and he’s very much part of the family even though he’s not around, he’s not there. He’s very much in our thoughts all the time.”

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