Panto season alive in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE-based theatrical group The Company of Four Musical Theatre Company is presenting its latest pantomime Aladdin this half term.

WOODBRIDGE-based theatrical group The Company of Four Musical Theatre Company is presenting its latest pantomime Aladdin this half term.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “Christmas if often thought of as a more traditional time of year to go and see a family pantomime but we have been presenting the annual pantomime at February half term since 1972.

“With call-backs galore for your favourite characters, audiences far and wide continue to book early to ensure they get a ticket to what has, over the years, become a truly fantastic show with spectacle, music and dancing, dazzling costumes and guaranteed laughter for the whole family.”

This year's production, which has a 60-strong cast, can be seen at The Riverside Theatre until February 16.

The spokeswoman added: “Aladdin, a poor washerwoman's son falls for the beautiful princess Lotus Blossom.

“In his urgent need for wealth, he is tricked into accompanying the wicked Abanaza on an expedition to retrieve a magic lamp.

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“When Aladdin fails to hand over the lamp Abanaza traps him in a cave. With no way of escape and time on his hands Aladdin starts to clean the old lamp when a genie appears.

“With the aid of his magic, Aladdin escapes with gold and treasures and, after a few twists and turns, love triumphs.”

With plenty of opportunity to boo, hiss and cheer, Aladdin promises to be a magical, fun time for children of all ages.

Tickets for Aladdin can be booked at The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge either in person or by calling the box office on 01394 382174.

Opening hours are 2pm - 8pm daily.

The Empress of Peking, supreme ruler of all China - June Allum

Princess Lotus-Blossom, her daughter - Hollie Pack

So-Shy, handmaiden to the Princess - Debbie Osborne

So-Verree-Shy, handmaiden to the Princess - Vicky Hart

The Grand Vizier - Allan Kitchen

Widow Twankey, a Peking Laundrywoman - Paul Leech

Aladdin, her elder son - Colette Clark

Wishee Washee, her younger son - Neil Thorpe