We’re delighted to announce that the cast has now been confirmed for this year’s Playhouse Panto Aladdin! There’s a mixture of old favourite returning to the fray and new faces who we welcome for the first time.
The inimitable John Elkington will be limbering up for multiple costume changes as the Dame, Widow Twankey. This is John’s 18th panto at Nottingham Playhouse, and we’re delighted to have him back after he appeared in an epic run of Noises Off earlier this year. Returning too will be Rebecca Little, a Playhouse Panto stalwart with multiple roles under her belt. It wouldn’t be the same without John and Rebecca in the cast, and we’re sure our audiences will be delighted to see them over the festive period.
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Also returning from last year’s Dick Whittington is Jasmine White, who played Tallulah the cat last year, and became a firm favourite with audiences both young and old. Appropriately enough, she will be taking on the role of Princess Jasmine this year, the object of Aladdin’s affections. Kevin McGowan makes a welcome return as the villainous Abanazar, after cementing his classic baddie status as King Rat last year. In the title role, Danielle Corlass returns to the fold after previously performing in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Mother Goose at Nottingham Playhouse. Darren Southworth, who last here in 1998, returns as The Empress of China. Darren is highly experienced in television, film and theatre. He appeared in the original London cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot as Prince Herbert, and was a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a musical for Ham! at Octagon Theatre Bolton.
Representing the newcomers is Irene Myrtle-Forrester in the role of the Genie, who has been making a name for herself with roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Lion King in the West End. Finally, a big Playhouse Panto welcome to Nathan Elwick who rounds out the cast in the role of Wishee Washee. Nathan graduated form the Arts Educational Schools in London with a BA in Musical Theatre in 2015.
Aladdin runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 25 November 2016 – Saturday 21 January 2017.