Pantomime Aladdin comes to Horncastle - oh yes it does

Adam Bradley, Lorna Law and Olivia Tant was Washee, Aladdin, and Wishee
Adam Bradley, Lorna Law and Olivia Tant was Washee, Aladdin, and Wishee

It’s pantomime season in Horncastle as the town’s Theatre Company is preparing to put on its annual show later this month.

Theatre-goers will be transported to the old Chinese town of Hong-Kastle for the production of Aladdin starting on Wednesday January 29.

Written and directed by David and Wendy Ireland, Aladdin sticks very much to the original story with all you would want from a traditional pantomime.

Aladdin, the son of Widow Twankey, Hong-Kastle’s washer woman, finds his life turned upside down when he sneaks a look at Princess Luli and discovers a magic lamp with the help of an evil magician.

Darren Yates makes his return as the Dame Widow Twankey and Lorna Law will hit the stage in her panto debut as Aladdin.

Rachel Yates is playing Princess Luli and Shaun Bates makes a very mean appearance as evil Abanazar.

Slapstick entertainment is provided by a hilarious collection of thespians young and not so young.

The stage at the Lion Theatre will be transformed into Widow Twankey’s laundry painted in full panto style by Peter Smith.

Bright lights, fun, singing together with dancing choreographed by Nancy Byrne makes it an occasion not to be missed.

The show’s opening night is Wednesday January 29 starting at 7.30pm with shows on Thursday January 30, Friday January 31 and Saturday February 1.

There will also be shows from Wednesday February 5 to Saturday February 8 - each also starting at 7.30pm.

There will be matinee performances at 3pm on Saturday February 1 and Saturday February 8.

Tickets are £6, or £5 for concessions and can be purchased from Horncastle Music Shop, Bull Ring, Horncastle or by ringing 01507 526566.

The Theatre Company’s next show Quartet, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge, will be presented at the end of March.

There will be four shows starting on Wednesday March 26.