Pantomime fun

Aladdin will be at Rugby Theatre from tomorrow (Friday) to Saturday January 18.
Aladdin will be at Rugby Theatre from tomorrow (Friday) to Saturday January 18.

All the thrills and spills of a pantomime will be entertaining the entire family with a week long show.

The classic pantomime Aladdin comes to Rugby Theatre running from tomorrow (Friday) to Saturday January 18.

Follow Aladdin’s adventures that transform him from pauper to prince, courtesy of a genie, who he inadvertently summons.

But the audience should be aware of the evil sorcerer Abanazar, who will stop at nothing to achieve his ambition to become the most powerful magician in the world!

Add to the mix, Aladdin’s outrageous and hard working mother and local laundress Widow Twankey, Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee, a princess and a comedy duo and chaos is likely to ensue.

Full of traditional pantomime thrills and spills, song, dance and audience participation it’s a treat for all the family.

The show has been directed by Mike Allen with Ian Birkin taking on the role of music director.

The first performance starts at 7.30pm tomorrow night with two performances on both Saturday and Sunday with the show starting at 2pm and 5.30pm each day.

It is then performed at 7.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday January 15 and Friday January 16 with no show on Tuesday.

The final shows will be on Saturday January 17 and Sunday January 18 and will be performed at 2pm and 5.30pm each day.

Tickets for the show cost between £10 and £11 with some concessions available. They can be booked by calling the box office on 01788 541234 or by visiting

It will be the start of a busy year for Rugby Theatre as in February they will be taking on a classic play adapted for film by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock.

Rope sees Wyndham Brandon persuades his weak minded friend, Charles Granillo, to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate, a perfectly harmless man named Ronald Kentley.

They place the body in a wooden chest, and to add spice to their handiwork, invite a few acquaintances, including the dead youth’s father, to a party, the chest with its gruesome contents serving as a supper table.

The horror and tension are worked up gradually; thunder grows outside, the guests leave, and we see the reactions of the two murderers, watched closely by the suspecting lame poet, Rupert Cadell.

Patrick Hamilton’s classic suspense drama, which was turned into a 1948 film starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger, runs from February 7 to 14.

This will be followed by a performance of Lord of the Flies to start in March while in May the heart-wrenching tale The Diary of Anne Frank will be bought to the stage.