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Gala Theatre Durham promises a Genie-us take on pantomime as they bring Aladdin to the stage

The lamp-rubbing tale featuring Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the evil Abanazar comes to Durham in November

Durham's Gala Theatre Pantomime for 2014 is Aladdin
Durham's Gala Theatre Pantomime for 2014 is Aladdin

If past years have seen you enjoy a pantomime or two at the Gala Theatre in Durham, then you’re about to hear some lovely news.

The Durham theatre have once again secured the on-stage services of resident panto performers Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley as they prepare to tell the lamp-rubbing tale of Aladdin.

Resident baddie Neil will take on the role of evil Abanazar, while Paul will portray daft laundry lad Wishee Washee in the show, which runs from November 27 to Saturday January 3.

Joining them on stage will be Pitmen Painters and George Gently actor, Chris Connel.

Fresh from a tour in the award-winning black comedy drama, Wet House, Chris will be wearing padding in all right (and some of the wrong) places, playing larger than life dame, Widow Twankey.

Durham's Gala Theatre Pantomime for 2014 is Aladdin
Durham's Gala Theatre Pantomime for 2014 is Aladdin

For anyone unfamiliar with the story, Aladdin follows the fortunes (or lack thereof) of poor Widow Twankey, her son Aladdin (Matt McGoldrick) and Wishee Washee as well as the evil Abanazar, who is not only trying to get the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Christina Andrew) away from her Emperor father and the inept PC Ping Pong, but also to get his hands on the magic lamp and its crazy genie.

Viktoria Kay and Robert Hudson return to Gala after appearances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, to play PC Ping Pong and the Emperor respectively.

Robin Byers, Gala’s programming and operations manager, says: “Our mystical and madcap tale of Aladdin promises to be a wild carpet ride of a show and I’m sure it will be even bigger and better than ever.

“The support for last year’s show was incredible and we can’t wait to show audiences what we’ve got in store this festive season.”

  • Aladdin plays Gala Theatre Durham from November 27 to January 3, 2015. For bookings, call 03000 266 600 or visit www.galadurham.co.uk


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