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ALADDIN (article first published : 2007-10-25)

This year’s glorious family festive season traditional pantomime is Aladdin to be staged in the Playhouse Drama in association with the Playhouse Company. Set in mystical Ancient China, treats to look forward to include a flying carpet, a five metre high Genie of the Lamp, a Willow Pattern Finale and sparkling cave of Wonders full of jewels and dragons as well as all the old panto favourites: popular songs, classic jokes, messy slosh scenes and singalongs to delight young and old.

Aladdin, with Carol Trench in the title role, will be a sumptuous, magical production with innovative designs by Kickstart founder, Greg King. The production has been adapted, written and will be directed by Steven Stead, with choreography by Janna Ramos-Violante and musical direction by Evan Roberts. Steven Stead and Greg King were responsible for both of last year’s award-winning festive season productions My Fair Lady and Sleeping Beauty.

Others in the cast include Darren King as the wicked magician Abanazer; Peter Court as Aladdin’s addled mother Widow Twankey; Bryan Hiles as Wishee Washee, and Ntando Cele as the sultry Genie of the Ring. Frances Currie makes her KickstArt debut as Aladdin’s sweet-heart, the Princess Jasmine, as does Kerry Sanssoucie as her hand maiden, Dar Ling. They are supported by a talented, all-singing, all-dancing chorus.

Aladdin continues the legacy of KickstArt’s successful end of year pantos: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

Aladdin runs from November 21 to December 30, with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 14h30, Fridays and Saturday evenings at 19h30 and Sundays at 16h00. There will be no shows on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but there will be two shows on Monday (normally a non-theatre day) on December 24. Tickets R80 (R65 children). Book through Computicket.




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