. . what would you wish for? Long before The Lottery, this was the rags-to-riches fantasy we used to dream about and it all originated with the traditional story of Aladdin. Ravenshead Theatre Group’s January Panto allows you to relive this dream of untold treasures, magical flying carpets and genies in lamps.
Thanks to Walt Disney, most people believe that Aladdin should be set in Arabia. Although the tale is Middle Eastern in origin and first appeared in a French translation of ‘The Arabian Nights’ in the early 18th century, Aladdin was definitely a Chinese character and the original setting for the story is Ancient China.
Aladdin has been a popular pantomime for over 200 years and our choice of script retains that traditional Chinese setting with all your favourite panto characters. There’s Widow Twankey, Wishee-Washee, the evil Abanazar, the Chinese policemen – even a crazy Panda named Tyson!
The sparkling script is by Ben Crocker, the same author as last year’s Beauty & The Beast, so, if you enjoyed the show last year you’ll have just as much fun this time around. Our Youth Theatre Group will bring their energy to the chorus and, once again, we will have TWO MATINEES, both at 2pm on the Saturday and Sunday. Always popular.
We can promise you songs, dance numbers, corny jokes, lots of malarky and oodles of audience participation. Just the tonic to magic away those winter blues!