Pantomime fun at The Playhouse

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 July 2011

John Challis as the evil sorcerer

John Challis as the evil sorcerer

THEATRE-GOERS in Weston will be able to take a magic carpet ride this winter as a well-known comedy face performs in Aladdin.

John Challis, otherwise known as Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, will play the role of the scheming sorcerer in the pantomime which will be on at The Playhouse Theatre in Weston.

John, who has recently starred on the BBC in The Green, Green Grass, a spin-off starring snobbish used car salesman Boycie, has also appeared on The Bill, Ever Decreasing Circles, Dr Who, My Family and The New Statesman.

The pantomime favourite tells the story of a poor laundry boy who falls in love with the emperor’s daughter, but to win her hand he has to become rich. Unfortunately this brings Aladdin into contact with Abanazar, the evil sorcerer.

The magical tale features a genie in a lamp, a magic carpet, Widow Twankey and lots of jewels, and is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

His journey takes him to a magic cave of jewels, where Abanazar talks to Aladdin through a hole in the top of the cave that never fails to stun an audience.

London-based producers Paul Holman Associates, are promising an action-packed pantomime full of all the winning ingredients audiences at The Playhouse have come to expect, including a magical flying carpet which has been designed by magician Paul Daniels.

Slap-stick comedy capers will be high on the agenda with the father and son partnership of Simmons & Simmons.

Keith and Ben, who have written this year’s script, will also direct the production and appear as PCs Me and You.

The performances will run from December 13 to January 8.

Tickets, priced £16-£18, are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or online at

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