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Take a magic carpet ride to panto land
Friday 25th November, 2016 - Nottingham Playhouse
Take a magic carpet ride to panto land
Aladdin
Aladdin starts its run at the Nottingham Playhouse on Friday. Photograph: Robert Day.
Favourite Nottingham Playhouse panto stars are returning to the venue for its annual festive production. Aladdin promises a magic carpet ride full of family fun for an eight-week run over Christmas and the New Year.

Playhouse pantomime veteran Kenneth Alan Taylor is again directing the show — which will have glittering costumes and plenty of songs and laughter — after hanging up his dame boots in 2013.

John Elkington is returning to play the dame (Widow Tankey) in Aladdin, having starred in Dick Whittington at the venue last year.

It will be his 18th pantomime at the Playhouse and he said he had played in more than 1,000 seasonal performances in his career.

Elkington starred in a well-received production of Noises Off at the theatre earlier this year.

Also returning from last year is Jasmine White, who played Tallulah the cat in Dick Whittington.

She will be Princess Jasmine this year, the object of Aladdin’s affections.

Another well-known face at Playhouse pantomimes is Rebecca Little, who will take on two roles in Aladdin — the slave of the magic ring and WPC Pong.

Kevin McGowan will play the villainous Abanazar after cementing his classic baddie status as King Rat last year.

The story follows Aladdin as he attempts to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

However, the evil magician, Abanazar, has other plans for Aladdin and tries to stop him getting the magic lamp — the source of all power.

Can his mother, Widow Twankey, and her son, Wishee Washee, help save the day? Will Aladdin marry his true love?

Audiences at the Playhouse, from tomorrow until January 21, will find out — and should be prepared to boo, cheer and sing along.

The title role has been taken by Danielle Corlass, who has previously performed in Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and Mother Goose at the Playhouse.

Darren Southworth, a familiar face on television, film and stage, who was last at the theatre in 1998, will be the Empress of China.

Among the newcomers to the Playhouse are Irene Myrtle-Forrester, (the genie) who has starred in the West End in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Lion King, and Nathan Elwick (Wishee Washee).

Among the other pantomimes in the area are:

  • Jack And The Beanstalk at Newark Palace Theatre starring Todd Carty, from December 7 to 31.

  • Cinderella at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, starring Kerry Katona, from December 5 to January 8.

  • Jack And The Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, starring the Chuckle Brothers, from December 10 to January 15.

  • Peter Pan at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield, from Saturday to December 31.
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