All About Aladdin
Find out more about our fabulous panto – Aladdin
Aladdin is one of Britain’s most popular pantomimes, first dramatised in 1788 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. Originally a Chinese tale, it was incorporated as an orphan story into One Thousand & One Nights by French translator Antoine Galland. The link with the Middle Eastern story collection and the various Arabian characters with Arabic names has led to the story often being set in Persia, but Disney has it wrong and panto has it correct – Aladdin is set in China!
This wonderful panto is packed with enchantment (a magic lamp! A sorcerer! A genie!), fun (a traditional Dame, lots of slapstick and silly antics), memorable characters (a rags-to-riches hero, a beautiful princess, an evil baddie) and plenty of audience participation (he’s behind you! Boo! Hiss! Oh, no, it isn’t! Oh, yes, it is!). Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without a visit to the pantomime.
Meet the cast!
Anthony Fagan – Aladdin
Anthony trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is highly-experienced in pantomime having been in Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast and Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. This is Anthony’s third year at The Elgiva with RARE Pantomimes and he is delighted to be back.
Jocelyn Zackon – Princess So-Shi
South African Jocelyn’s credits include Jack & The Beanstalk, Winnie The Pooh (where she rocked as Piglet!) and Tea for Three. Jocelyn also works as a voiceover artist and as a choreographer and earlier this year worked on Godspell with some Musical Theatre Diploma students.
Abanazar – as himself
Abanazar trained at the Evil Laughter Academy, graduating with a diploma in Sorcery & Mischief. After a sabbatical at the University of Iniquitous Mayhem (where he taught the Unconscionable Fiendishness class) he moved on to general disruption and chaos. He is also the author of “From Naughtiness to Devilry” and “Boo, Hiss! My Life As A Wrong ‘Un”.
Oliver Graham – Widow Twankey
Oliver trained at the Guildford School of Acting before setting up the Kinetic Theatre Company, which tours primary schools and theatres throughout the UK with science-based musical comedies. Previous panto experience includes being an Ugly Sister in Cinderella and the Emperor of China in Aladdin.
Toby Boutall – The Genie
Toby is very excited to be back in Chesham playing the Genie after a very busy year that saw him taking his own show Very Blue Peter to the Edinburgh Fringe and performing in the The Arcola Theatre’s production of The Forest. After panto Toby will be writing My Dad’s Johnny Vegas for The Fringe 2019 and a TV pilot set in English pub.
Sam Peterson – PC Pong
Sam trained at The Poor School, London and most recently he has been touring with the first CBeebies live show Kate and Mim Mim. He has also been the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and been workshopping some new writing pieces including Steep Themselves in Night The Musical at The Other Palace.
Simon Rhys-Jones – Abanazar
Simon graduated in Performing Arts from Suffolk University and spent several years as a Pontin’s Bluecoat. Simon is no stranger to panto or playing the villain, as he has been in Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Aladdin. You may also have spotted him the film version of Les Mis, or on TV in Silent Witness or The Crown.
Rebecca Metcalfe – Luntah
Rebecca trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gaining a BA(Hons) in Dance (Performing Dance). Since graduating, Rebecca has had various dancing and choreography contracts both in the UK and abroad as well as pantomimes Jack & The Beanstalk, Aladdin and Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.
Laura Howes – Dancer
Laura started dancing at the age of three at the Lucy Martin School of Dance and moved on to studying with The Pad in Dunstable for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts from the age of 16. She has performed at Move It 2017, in 42nd Street and Annie and is very excited to be making her professional debut in this production of Aladdin.