It’s nearly that time of year again – panto season is just around the corner and South London proudly plays host to some corkers this year, writes Paloma Lacy.
This year the relaxed performance of Aladdin, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon takes place on Tuesday, December 19 at 10.30am.
Join hero Aladdin, his mother, Widow Twankey, and his brother, Wishee Washee, as they embark on a magical adventure and try to defeat the evil Abanazar and his plan to become master of the world with help from the Genie of The Lamp and the Spirit Of The Ring.
Will Aladdin save the day?
Will he marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine? Will the Genie be freed? An enchanting tale of magic, mayhem and misunderstandings.
Aladdin is a laugh-a-minute extravaganza with stunning sets, musical hits, fabulous costumes and amazing special effects to keep audiences both young and old entertained.
A trip to the panto can be a magical experience and a highlight of the festive holidays.
But for some, the thought can be overwhelming.
There is a relaxed performance available to book. It has been adapted to welcome people of all ages.
This includes people who may have sensitivities to loud noise, sudden movement and bright lights.
It may also suit people with learning difficulties, sensory communication disorders or who are neuro divergent.
In addition to the relaxed performance, there is also a captioned performance on December 30 with dialogue displayed on a screen throughout.
This performance may benefit those who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
Here’s a run-down of the other pantomimes playing in South London this Christmas:
Cinderella – Churchill Theatre, Bromley from December 2 to 31.
Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards headlines as The Fairy Godmother.
Cinderella – New Wimbledon Theatre. December 8 to January 7.
Strictly Come Dancing fans will see Craig Revel Horwood take centre stage as the Wicked Stepmother.
Jack and The Beanstalk – Catford Broadway Theatre, December 13 to 31.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Greenwich Theatre – November 24 until January 7.
Picture: Back row, from left, Kiera-Nicole as Jasmine, Davood Ghadami, Abanazer, and Richard J Hunt, Widow Twankey, Front, from left, Kian Zomorodian as Aladdin and Charlie Guest as Wishee Washee Picture: Jack Dryden
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