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Theatre and Dance Previews
The cast of Aladdin
Aladdin in Bath
Bath's Theatre Royal recently announced their Christmas 2007 panto production of Aladdin, starring popular ex-Casualty actor Clive Mantle. View a gallery and listen to interviews from the press launch.
This Christmas, the Theatre Royal in Bath is to stage yet another of their typically lavish and well-renowned pantomime productions.
Aladdin which runs from Thursday 13th December 2007 to Sunday 20th January 2008 promises comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation to ensure that every member of the family has a magical time.
Often cited as one of best-loved pantomimes of them all, Aladdin tells the story of the poor boy-turned-thief, his evil Uncle and their adventures with the magical lamp. the tale was first, was first told in The Arabian Nights, nearly 500 years ago.
Clive Mantle as Abanazar
Star of the show this year is actor Clive Mantle who is playing the evil Abanazar. Clive spent ten years making millions swoon with his charming bedside manner as Dr Mike Barratt in BBC1 medical dramas Casualty and Holby City, before sweeping Dawn French off her feet in The Vicar of Dibley.
He also starred as Little John in the popular 1980s TV series Robin of Sherwood. Clive who lives just outside Bath was last seen onstage at the Theatre Royal improvising madly in Morecambe and Wise tribute The Play What I Wrote.
Clive promises to throw off his gentle giant persona for this, his first ever panto performance, and transform himself into a classic baddie for the audience to boo and hiss wildly!
Chris Till as Aladdin
TV personality Chris Till makes his Theatre Royal Bath pantomime debut as hero-of-the-piece Aladdin. Chris will be well-known to the youngest members of the audience as OJ, star of the CITV Saturday morning programme The Fun Song Factory.
Chris is a seasoned pantomime performer with a great singing voice, playing Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk with Twiggy at Brighton in 2005, and Peter Pan at Worthing last Christmas.
Back for his ninth panto performance at the Theatre Royal is Chris Harris who once again takes on directorial duties this year. Known as one the great West Country pantomime dames, Chris will be playing Widow Twankey.
Another Theatre Royal panto returnee is Jon Monie. After playing one of the ugliest Ugly Sisters ever seen in last year’s Cinderella, this year, Jon will turn his considerable comic talent and outrageous facial expressions to the role of Wishee Washee.
Also returning will be the talented children from Bath's Dorothy Colebourn School of Dance.
Aladdin runs at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 13th December 2007 to Sunday 20th January 2008. Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for families and children. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844.
last updated: 12/12/2007 at 12:35
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