Stevenage pantomime Aladdin flies into Gordon Craig Theatre

PUBLISHED: 18:41 07 December 2014 | UPDATED: 19:08 07 December 2014

Former EastEnders star Shaun Williamson appears in pantomime Aladdin at the Gordon Craig Theatre

Former EastEnders star Shaun Williamson appears in pantomime Aladdin at the Gordon Craig Theatre

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Stevenage pantomime Aladdin, starring former EastEnders favourite Shaun Williamson, has opened to glowing reviews at the Gordon Craig Theatre.

Stars on stage include Paul Laidlaw, Shaun Williamson, Junix Inocian, Aidan O'Neill, Hannah MalekzadStars on stage include Paul Laidlaw, Shaun Williamson, Junix Inocian, Aidan O'Neill, Hannah Malekzad

What do the years 1979, 1986, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 have in common?

You can have three guesses, but three wishes have been reserved for someone else...

The someone else is Aladdin, of course, and the familiar tale of one young man and his genie has provided the story for the annual panto spectacular at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre in each of those years.

The 2014 show, which opened at the theatre last month, lifts Aladdin up into joint top place in the annals of the Gordon Craig, which this year is celebrating the panto season’s 40th anniversary at the venue.

Sharing top spot is Cinderella, which was performed last year for the seventh time, while down in the relegation zone are the likes of Sinbad The Sailor, seen once in 1981 but never since, and 2011’s Beauty And The Beast.

But that’s enough history, boys and girls – what about this year’s show?

The big name signing for Stevenage’s panto team is Shaun Williamson, the former EastEnders favourite who showed his comic range playing a fictionalised version of himself in the hit Ricky Gervais TV series Extras.

He plays the evil Abanazaar, while the redoubtable Paul Laidlaw, the lynchpin of the GCT panto since 1986, returns as Widow Twankey in the fun-filled family treat.

The panto has been written by Chris Jordan, who also directs.

Also appearing are the versatile Aidan O’Neill as Wishee Washee and Junix Inocian as the Emperor, with ‘principal boy’ Hannah Malekzad as Aladdin.

If you want to make sure of your tickets, which are flying off out of the box office, visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk or call the box office on 01438 363200.


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