On Thursday 6 December, Worthing Theatres and Paul Holman Associates celebrated the official launch event of their annual pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre, which plays until Tuesday 1 January 2019.
Press and VIPs such as Worthing Mayor Paul Baker and Mayoress Sandra Baker attended the highly anticipated performance of Aladdin. Not only were the guests dressed for the occasion, but also the Pavilion Café Bar was draped in vibrant colours, however the most noticeable eye-catcher of the evening was the giant golden lamp built by the Design for Theatre and Film students at Northbrook Metropolitan College.
The show stars Lee Latchford-Evans from STEPS in the title role as well as CBeebies favourite Rebecca Keatley as Princess Jasmine. Completing the main cast is award-winning comedian Vikki Stone who stole the show as the villain Abanazar, renowned children’s entertainer Mark Jones as Wishee Washee and Brighton-based Cabaret artiste Dave Lynn as Widow Twankey. The show also features the magical Genie of the Lamp; a 12 foot puppet voiced by National treasure Brian Blessed.
In their post-show speech, Worthing Theatres’ Head of Culture Amanda O’ Reilly and Paul Holman Associates’ Producer Nick George made the special announcement that the two companies have signed a three year deal to continue their successful partnership on the annual family pantomime, with next year’s dazzling production now confirmed to be Cinderella.
Take a look at some of the images from the VIP and Press Night for Aladdin at the Pavilion Theatre:
All photos by: Simon Dack / Vervate
Reviews So Far:
“This is a magical show, not only for its golden lamp and sorcery, but for how it sweeps us along in a wave of shared joy”
“Full of mystery and magic”
“A Sure-Fire Hit”
Theatre South East
“It was a little unusual at first, finding the villain so funny, but I think it is what puts this panto in a different league.”
“The whole evening was stuffed full of all the best and classic panto jokes and fun, involving the audience in riotous shouts and laughs.”
“Hard-working Mark Jones never fails to elevate the energy levels as Wishee Washee”
“A vibrant and colourful take on one of the best pantomime stories and a must see for all ages”
“This was no Tragedy, it was five, six, seven, Great!”
“The costumes, set, lighting and sound were all incredible not to mention the band.”
The Brightoner (Blog)
“We would definitely recommend it for a family visit and are looking forward to making it part of our festive traditions each year.”
“With a lot of audience interaction, shouting out ‘it’s Behind you’, boos, laughter and love, it has something for everyone in the family.”
Rachael Jess (Blog)
“We had a great night out and I’d definitely recommend getting tickets!”
Jennifer’s Little World (Blog)
“As good as it always is – a proper romp through all the classic panto essentials”
“It was a fun night and people were still bopping about while putting their coats on to head home.”