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William Harvey, The Story of the Fisherman, One Thousand and One Nights, 1838–40

The original story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is a folk tale of Middle Eastern origin from One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights, and dates back to the 18th century. Shrouded in mystery and magic, it tells the story of a poor boy who is tricked by a sorcerer and trapped in a cave where he discovers the magical Genie. With the Genie’s help Aladdin turns his fortunes around and marries a beautiful princess, but he has made a powerful enemy and must be prepared to fight for his new life.

The selection of stories in Arabian Nights were gathered and translated over many years by various authors and translators and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp was part of the collection translated by British Orientalist Edward William Lane in the 1800’s. According to The Times, Edward William Lane wrote his translation whilst situated at 4 Union Place in Worthing, which now sits just opposite the Connaught Theatre.

Since it first appeared in the early 18th century Aladdin and the Magic Lamp has been one of the best known and most retold of all fairy tales. It has been performed in pantomime for over 200 years as well as its famous adaptations in film including the famous Disney animation in 1992, with a new Disney version set to be released in 2019.

Worthing Theatres will continue the legacy of Aladdin with its traditional family pantomime this festive season at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre from 30 November to 1 January. With a stellar cast that includes Lee Latchford-Evans from STEPS, Cbeebies personality Rebecca Keatley, female comedian Vikki Stone and the unmistakable voice of Brian Blessed as the Genie this is set to be an Aladdin performance to do Edward William Lane’s Worthing legacy proud!

Audiences will also get the chance to meet cast members and pose for pictures during Golden Week, which runs from Saturday 1 to Friday 7 December 2018. Golden Week ticket holders will be treated to a free programme and, after every evening performance during Golden Week, will have the opportunity of a post-show meet and greet with at least two cast members.

Tickets are on sale now via www.worthingtheatres.co.uk or at the Box Office on 01903 206 206.

Edward William Lane by Richard James Lane, 1829