Aladdin – a Pantomime in Beckenham

panto, aladdin, st georges players, poster, ©Rory Waterfield

Aladdin and his magical lamp – this pantomime is the story of a poor boy getting rich.

aladdin, slave of the ring, ladies of the court, wishee-washee, panto

St George’s Players in Beckenham first performed this panto some years ago – in 1999 to be precise – and are re-visiting the delights of a magical far off eastern location with a few new twists in the tale.

Full details of this year’s panto – dates, venue, tickets – can be found at the end of the blog.

 

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The basic story is the same, of course. With the help of the magical and powerful Genie of the lamp, plus the Slave of the Ring who has magic powers too, Aladdin defeats his wicked ‘uncle’ Abenazar to win the hand of the fair Princess Lotus Blossom.

aladdin cast, dress rehearsal, panto

I have included a few rehearsal photos from this year’s Aladdin, as well as some from the Aladdin dress rehearsal sixteen years ago.

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The pantomime dame is Aladdin’s mother Widow Twanky, who runs a laundry. The dame in 1999 (Ken) is playing the Genie of the Lamp in 2015.

abenazar, widow twanky, aladdin, panto, dame

This year’s Widow Twanky is also a chorister – although he doesn’t normally sing falsetto! Sadly 1999’s Genie of the Lamp was killed in an accident, and it is good to include a photo of Harvey as he was such a huge part of St George’s Players.

magic carpet ride, genie, aladdin, widow twanky, panto

Our important Emperor has the same casting as before (in the same heavily embroidered and regal coat, as it happens – and yes it has been cleaned between times!)

emperor, aladdin, panto

aladdin, panto rehearsal, cast, script

Three of the Ladies of the Court are the same, and this year they’re joined by a couple of female priests and yours truly, who last time played Princess Lotus Blossom. I appear disguised in one of the other scenes – wonder if you can spot me?

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princess, ladies of the court, aladdin, stage garden, panto

The wicked Abenazar was played by our then priest, and very well he did too. It will be interesting to see if the ‘new’ villain gets as many ‘boos’ and ‘hisses’ this time.

abenazar, slave of the ring, aladdin, panto

So we have old and new cast members and crew for this year’s pantomime.

Why not come along to one of the performances? Not only will you find the parking easier than in Bromley, but the tickets are cheaper than the professional panto on offer there – which is also Aladdin, as it happens. But we have the local nuances and a pack of Brownies!

aladdin, townspeople, panto cast, stage

 

Important information –

Aladdin Performance dates
Friday December 11th 8pm – this performance takes place on National Panto Day
Saturday December 12th 3pm
Saturday December 12th 8pm
And possibly Wednesday December 9th if sold out on above dates (like last year)

Tickets available
By phone –
Box Office: 07510 111 224
If we don’t pick up, please leave a message and we’ll ring back.

Online –
http://www.stgeorgesbeckenham.co.uk
Look for the magic lamp to take you through to the secure ticket purchase site

In person –
Beckenham Bookshop
St George’s Church Office
£4 children; £8 adults

aladdin, rehearsals, pantoVenue
St George’s Hall
5-7 Albemarle Road
Beckenham
BR3 5HZ

Which is near Beckenham Junction station; with plenty of car parking in St George’s Road and other roads nearby; plus it’s on bus routes.

princess, costume, aladdin

You could check out last year’s panto blog – Cinderella, then and now

And if you fancy treading the amateur dramatic boards or helping backstage – why not get in touch?
St George’s Players Chairman, Michael, will be happy to hear from you – 0208 402 2196

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The Aladdin poster artwork is by Lucy Waterfield (aka Rory Waterfield)

Stage Manager: Simon Waterfield of Historical Interpretation

panto, aladdin, st georges players, poster, ©Rory Waterfield

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