Aladdin – 2014

by David Apps
11th – 18th January 2014


Aladdin is a Middle Eastern folk tale. It is one of the tales in ‘The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights)’, and one of the best known, although it was actually added to the collection in the 18th Century by Frenchman Antoine Galland.

In the United Kingdom, the story of Aladdin was dramatized in 1788 by John O’Keefe for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. It has been a popular subject for pantomime for over 200 years.

The traditional Aladdin pantomime is the source of the well-known pantomime character Widow Twanky (Aladdin’s mother). The story follows as Widow Twanky tries to make ends meet in her laundry business with the help of Wishee Washee. Aladdin has dreams of making his fortune and marrying his love, the Princess. After being tricked by an ‘Uncle’ Abanazar Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and is granted 3 wishes by the Genie. The tale continues as Aladdin arrives back home and figures out how to make the rest of his dreams come true.



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Cast & Crew


Aladdin: Jo Tawse
Princess: Katie Eynon
Widow Twanky: John Shepherd
Wishee Washee: Phil Damerell
Abanazar: Ian Watson
Emperor: Dave Sawyer
Stin Ki Pu: Charlene Edwards
Tallulah – Slave of the Ring: Jane Manns
Violetta – Slave of the Ring: Nicola Wood
Genie: Sarah Smith
PC Wong: John Desbottes
PC Pong: Dot Reid
Hoo U: David Apps
Hoo Mee: Gordon Drayson

Senior Chorus

Children’s Chorus
Groupe 1
Nicola Catley
Casey Champion
Emily Clarke-Irons
Rebecca Clarke-Irons
Jessica Grace
Shelby Sellars
Lorna Thorpe
Megan Wood

Groupe 2
Jessica Bailey
Ruby Craker
Imogen Pascall
Katie Rapley
Savannah Johnston
Layla Parsons
Georgia Parsons
Olivia Mars


Writer & Director: David Apps
Choreography: Claire Thomas
Children’s Choreography: Mandy Grace
Musical Director: Felix Shepherd
Musicians: Sarah Hume & Dan Winslett
Costumes: Catherine Roberts & Andrew Roberts
Set Design & Painting: Di Ralston & Nicola Emery, Don Ralston, Chris Bryan
Sound: Tim Crump & Sophie Crump
Lighting Design: Ian Barlow
Lighting Technicians: Simon Barlow, Paul Barlow & Daniel Barlow
Stage Manager: Andrew Nicholson
Assistant Stage Manager: Barry Nicholson
Props: Catherine Reid
Front of House Manager: Hazel Istead



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