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Panto Aladdin brings the magic to St Helens this Christmas

THE infamous St Helen’s Theatre Royal Pantomime Aladdin is flying into town this Christmas.

Emmerdale’s Liam Fox makes his professional panto debut as the evil Abanazer, and panto royalty and queen of the airwaves, Leanne Campbell will appear digitally as the magical Genie of the Mirror.

The seasonal production from acclaimed Panto producers Regal Entertainments will transform the Theatre Royal stage from Saturday 2 December to Sunday 14 January 2024.

Liam Fox and Leanne Campbell are joined by a hugely talented cast, which includes Theatre Royal favourites, Tim Lucas will play Genie of the Lamp, Warren Donnelly is PC Shameless, Lewis Devine is Wishee Washee and Richard Aucott is Widow Twankey, the show also stars newcomers Jess Smith as Princess Jasmine and Alex Aram as Aladdin.

Aladdin is directed by Chantelle Nolan, musical direction by Callum Clarke, choreography by Nazene Langfield and written by Liam Mellor.

Take a ride on the all-new 3D interactive flying magic carpet ride this Christmas and be whisked off to pantoland where young street urchin Aladdin lives with his hapless brother Wishee Washee and larger-than-life mum Widow Twankey in their family laundry.  Then join our young hero as he battles the wicked Abanazer who has a dastardly plan to rule the world with the help of one very special lamp. Can Aladdin save the day – and can he also win the heart of the fair Princess Jasmine?

Theatre Manager and panto director, Chantelle Nolan says: “Well we are almost there, huge preparations are going on behind the scenes to bring St Helens a spectacular production this Christmas. Aladdin is officially our fastest selling panto ever and we’re absolutely thrilled with the cast this year, it’s going to be magical and our best yet.

“Liam Fox is going to be fantastic as a panto villain, while Leanne is panto royalty and will bring plenty of magical sparkle to our state-of-the-art genie. We also have an incredible supporting cast of your favourite St Helens panto stars.

“Aladdin is a fantastic adventure story of good triumphing over evil, and it’s a real favourite with the family audiences at St Helens Theatre Royal.
“As always, I can guarantee gorgeous sets, dazzling costumes, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and a soundtrack that will have you dancing in your seat and singing along. This is one not to miss!”

Dates: Saturday 2 December 2023 – Sunday 14 January 2024
Tickets: From £21* (Schools’ tickets £11*)
*All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat booking fee. Online bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat online processing fee.
Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or log on to: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

NOTE: Leanne Campbell will appear as the Genie of the Mirror by the power of video projection and does not appear in person.

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