Pantomime magic returns to Beccles with the story of Aladdin

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 September 2016

Sharn McDonald who plays Genie of the Lamp.

Sharn McDonald who plays Genie of the Lamp.


Pantomime returns to Beccles this year and the cast are counting down the days until the production opens.

Aladdin will be on the stage at Beccles Public Hall following the success of last year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Set in Old Peeking China, the story follows the story of Widow Twankey and her two sons Wishee Washee and Aladdin. They go out searching for fame and fortune to save their struggling laundry business but encounter some problems along the way when they discover a magic lamp.

The show will be packed with upbeat songs, dazzling costumes, stunning scenery and of course a magic carpet.

The production will see last year’s lead Emma Riches taking on the role of Aladdin joined by a brand new cast. She will be joined by Daniel Hanton who will play the dame, Widow Twankey. Mr Hanton has played the dame in various pantomimes across the country including a few years at Bungay and most recently as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella at Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre.

Ross Chenery takes the role of loveable, happy-go-lucky Wishee Washee along with Sharn McDonald who will bring magic to the stage as the Blue Genie.

And of course a pantomime is not complete without its baddie, and show producer Ryan Holt will swapping sides of the stage to play the evil Abanazar with his side kick Helen Harper playing the Slave of the Ring.

Gavin Dean, one of the producers, said: “We’re thrilled to be returning with pantomime to Beccles, after an overwhelming response to last year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.”

SparkLive Pantomimes are producing the show, and the pantomime is sponsored by Durrants which runs an estate agents and auction room in Beccles. Dominic Parravani said: “Durrants are delighted to be the main sponsors of the Beccles pantomime again this year”.

The cast of the pantomime will also be turning on the Beccles Christmas lights on Friday, November 25 in the market place.

The production company is holding open auditions on Sunday at the Public Hall at 1.30pm for any young people aged between 10 and 16 who are interested in being part of the pantomime chorus.

Aladdin will open at Beccles Public Hall on Friday, December 23, and run until Saturday, January 21, 2017. Ticket prices start at £9.50 and are available by calling 01502 770060, online at or in person at the box office.

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