Aladdin stars in Bath

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 December 2010

The Theatre Royal in Bath present their Panto Aladdin

The Theatre Royal in Bath present their Panto Aladdin

Freia Turland

STAR of Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing Ricky Groves and CBBC’s Gemma Hunt join Dame extraordinaire Chris Harris and panto favourite Jon Monie in Bath’s magical family panto.

This Christmas, the Theatre Royal Bath and UK productions present Aladdin, a magical show which contains everything required for a truly traditional family pantomime.

Appearing at the Theatre Royal Bath from today (Thur) until January 23, this new production features beautiful costumes, lavish sets and dazzling special effects.

Well known for his long-running portrayal of cheeky Cockney Garry Hobbs in the BBC’s award-winning soap EastEnders, Ricky Groves, may be the most lovable baddie ever when he stars as the wicked Abanazar this Christmas.

Dame extraordinaire Chris Harris returns to Bath to star as Widow Twankey and also to direct the pantomime.

One of the country’s best-loved Dames, actor, writer and director, Chris Harris has performed in pantomimes across the South West for over 30 years and 2010 marks his 10th consecutive year on stage in Bath’s pantomime.

Gemma Hunt, who has hosted several children’s programme, stars as Aladdin.

Jon Monie returns to the Theatre Royal by popular demand to play Wishee Washee.

An award-winning stand-up comedian and experienced television presenter, his pantomime credits also include Aladdin, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood and Dick Whittington. His television work includes Barely Serious, The Heaven and Earth Show, and A Trip in a Cosmic Buggy.

One of the most popular pantos of all time, Aladdin was the first pantomime to establish itself on the English stage and it boasts a host of colourful characters.

The Oriental setting, with the exotic East, the mystical world of genies, treasure and magic lamps and the escapades of Aladdin and Widow Twankey have kept audiences spellbound for generations.

Tickets, priced £7-24, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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