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Aladdin, the panto

Songs, silliness and X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey - it could only be the panto. What's that? You wish for a family ticket to the show? Your wish is my command!

Jump aboard a magical carpet ride headed for China to meet young Aladdin, Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee, Abanazar and of course, the Genie as they explode on to De Montfort’s stage next month (Sat 14 Dec – Sun 5 Jan 2020) in the festive panto, Aladdin.
As always there will be plenty of jokes, colourful sets and audience participation will be massively encouraged. Fancy it? Here are five more reasons you should book tickets pronto to see the funny and festive show or try your luck and enter our fab family panto prize giveaway.
Martin Ballard

You’ve gotta love the BBC Radio presenter. He’s been De Montfort’s loveable Dame for the last five years but this will be his 30th panto season – now that’s impressive plus, he’s an expert at rocking a frock – even if it is a big, puffy, fluffy one at that.

The director

Eric Potts, who some may also know as the eccentric baker Diggory Compton on Corrie, has written the panto especially for De Montfort Hall. Yes, he’s an actor but is also regarded as one of Britain’s top pantomime script writers having written for Dame Edna Everage, Cilla Black, Bradley Walsh, Priscilla Presley and many others. His first panto was at Nottingham Playhouse where he started adding bits into the script. Turned out people loved it so he decided to try writing scripts himself and he’s not looked back since.
Junior chorus

The team behind the panto have managed to rope in kids from across the city and county to perform in the show following auditions over the summer. The junior ensemble is made up of local children aged between nine and 16 and is a great way to get them involved with the production.

It has the X-Factor – literally  
We can’t forget about X-Factor winner and local lass, Sam Bailey who takes on the roll of So Shi, the assistant of Princess Jasmine. This will be her fourth panto at De Montfort Hall and we can’t wait to hear her belting her vocals again.

The costumes

Ehhh in a word – amazing! De Montfort Hall always pull out the stops and this year it’s no different. You’ve got to hand it to the wardrobe team because the costumes really are awesome. Over 50 metres of fabric has been used to create the frill on just one of the Dame’s dresses and there will be an average of 113 costume changes happening in each show – that’s 4,294 changes over the whole run. Phew! And this year LED lighting just been used for the set, you’ll also find them in some of the costumes.

*Want to win a family of four tickets to watch this bright and beautiful production? Simply head to our Facebook page and enter our easy-peasy comp in seconds.

The winner will be announced on Facebook so remember to follow our Facebook page. Good luck

*Please note, the tickets are for the 1pm showing on Boxing Day, 26 Dec 2019.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU

1 comment on “Aladdin, the panto”

  • Donna November 28, 2019

    Looks fab , and keeping it local with sam


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