A rub of the lamp ...and it’s magic!

Clive Llewellyn as the Genie and Amy Gough as Aladdin
Clive Llewellyn as the Genie and Amy Gough as Aladdin

THEATRE bosses promise ‘Aladdin like you’ve never seen it before’ at this year’s Victoria Theatre Christmas panto.

There’ll be a few twists and turns to the traditional tale as well as the customary comedy antics – including custard pies in faces and foam fights.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax pantomime Aladdin.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax pantomime Aladdin.

This year’s show will also feature a bit of flirtation between Wishee Washee – who works in the laundry with Widow Twankey –and So Shi.

The costumes will be as colourful and crazy as ever, with the Dame dressed as a wok full of noodles. Produced by Imagine Theatre, the show stars Amy Gough in the title role.

Three stars are also returning from previous years: Anne Micklethwaite, who will play So Shi; Nick Barclay who will play Abanazar and Neil Hurst, who will be Wishee Washee.

Alli Coyne, production support for Imagine Theatre, said: “It’s Aladdin like you’ve never seen it before.

“Not only is there the story that you would know of Aladdin –where he finds the lamp in a cave – there’s also a bit of a love interest between Wishee Washee and So Shi.

“We also have lots of new costumes this year and a mad cast.

“There’s lots of colour in it. In the cave, there are lots of jewels and we have amazing special effects as usual.

“It’s just a really good family show.

“Imagine Theatre prides itself on doing a proper family panto, which can be enjoyed by three year olds and grandparents alike.”

The show runs at the Victoria Theatre from Saturday December 10 to Monday January 2.

To book tickets, phone the box office on 01422 351158, click on www.calderdale.gov.uk/ victoria or visit the tourist offices in Hebden Bridge or Todmorden.