The Lyric’s annual panto returns when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie.
Award-winning comedian, Vikki Stone will play Abanazer joining Karl Queensborough who returns to the Lyric stage as Aladdin after playing the Prince in last year’s Lyric panto, Cinderella. The Lyric will also continue its commitment to nurturing young talent with a six strong young ensemble.
Joel Horwood will pick up the reins again to write this year’s panto and Ellen McDougall, newly appointed as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre also returns to direct, alongside other members of last year’s creative team, Oliver Townsend (Set Design), Corin Buckeridge (Musical Composition) and Lainie Baird (Choreography).
As part of the Lyric’s commitment to the local community, they will provide 2,000 free tickets to Aladdin for Hammersmith & Fulham schools. They will also provide a relaxed performance for the first time for panto after the success of the one they presented for Bugsy Malone.
Allyson Ava-Brown plays Jasmine, James Doherty, Arthur McBain plays Wishy Washy, Malinda Parris plays Genie, Karl Queensborough plays Aladdin, Dale Rapley plays Emperor, Vikki Stone plays Abanazer.
Cast: Allyson Ava-Brown (Jasmine), James Doherty (Widow Twankey), Arthur McBain (Wishy Washy), Malinda Parris (Genie), Karl Queensborough (Aladdin), Dale Rapley (Emperor) and Vikki Stone (Abanazer). Young Ensemble: Cyrus Barghchi, Madeline Charlemagne, Amber Edwards, David Fieller, Isabella Shaw and Violet Vincent
A new production written by Joel Horwood
A Lyric Hammersmith Production
Saturday 19 November 2016 – Saturday 07 January 2017
Press Performance: Saturday 26 November 2016