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Preview: Aladdin at Durham Gala Theatre

Tickets on sale for Gala Theatre’s genie-us family pantomime

Durham Gala Theatre
Thursday 21 November - Sunday 5 January 2019

Enjoy a magic carpet ride into the wonderful world of panto when Aladdin arrives in County Durham next month.

The Gala Theatre’s family pantomime is set to deliver a magical mix of mayhem, live music, laughter and surprises from Thursday 21 November to Sunday 5 January.  Tickets are now on sale and are selling fast so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Created in the heart of Durham, the show will see wishes granted, romance blossom and riches lost and won as the talented cast bring the much-loved story of Aladdin and his lamp to life.
Featuring a magical flying carpet, audiences will be transported to exotic locations such as China, Egypt and even Sacriston, following the streetwise hero as he attempts to make his town rich by marrying a princess.

However, the evil baddie Abanazar’s quest for gold, riches and world domination could scupper Aladdin’s plans. Hilarious Widow Twanky and lovable laundry lad Wishee Washee, meanwhile, will have people of all ages in stitches.

Once again, Gala favourites Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley have written and directed the pantomime and will star as Abanazar and Wishee Washee respectively.

Joining them on stage at the Durham City venue will be Paul Dunn as Widow Twanky, David Hosie as Aladdin, Eleanor Chaganis as Princess Jasmine, Pip Chamberlin as the Genie and Kylie Ann Ford as Chief Inspector Tai Chi.

Robin Byers, Gala Theatre manager, said: “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Gala panto and this year’s production of Aladdin is sure to make the festivities even more magical. It’s always a pleasure to work with Paul and Neil and, we have loads of fun developing ideas for the show, which we can’t wait to share with our Durham audiences. They have certainly delivered yet again, with a wonderful script that breathes fresh life and humour into this classic tale.  Add dazzling costumes, spectacular effects and a host of surprises into the mix and you have everything you need for the perfect Christmas outing.”

Last year, the Gala switched from using plastic to paper confetti to make the pantomime more environmentally friendly. This time, further steps have been taken to boost the production’s green credentials, including introducing LED lights to reduce the venue’s carbon emissions.

Performances of Aladdin will take place at various times between Thursday 21 November and Sunday 5 January. This includes British Sign Language performances on Sunday 8 December at 1pm and Thursday 2 January at 1pm, and a captioned performance on Thursday 2 January at 1pm. There will also be a relaxed performance without loud noises or flashing lights for people with autism and sensory issues on Wednesday 27 November at 1.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £7 to £18, with family tickets starting at £54.

To book, visit or call 03000 266 600.

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