Story rules in panto without celebs

PUBLISHED: 13:08 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 13:09 29 November 2010

Queens panto - Widow Twanky - Simon Jessop , Princess Jasmin - Natasha Moore and Aladdin - Oliver Seymour-Marsh

Queens panto - Widow Twanky - Simon Jessop , Princess Jasmin - Natasha Moore and Aladdin - Oliver Seymour-Marsh


THE HIGHLIGHT of the Aladdin panto at the Queen’s Theatre is not set to be any big names or any stunning modern sci fi affects, but just good old traditional family entertainment.

Actor Joe West, who will be taking on the part of panto joker and Aladdin’s mischievous younger brother, Wishee-Washee, said; “Queen’s artistic director, Bob Carlton is keeping the story true and making it the main thing rather than get a celeb in it.

“When you do that everything tends to focus on the celeb and less on the story but the thing I really like is that it is very traditional and just good quality panto.”

The show at the Billet Lane theatre from Saturday December 4 to January 15 will be brimming with glitter and gold, audience participation, song and dance, dazzling sets, colourful costumes and favourite panto characters.

Joe also promises “It is going to have a lot more audience participation, a fantastic magic carpet ride and a few other special effects.

“There are a couple of digs about the Arts Council funding.”

Another highlight of the show is also set to be the theatre’s resident group of actors/musicians, Cut To The Chase who will be acting and making thrilling music on the night.

As well as playing the part of Wishee-Washee using his stand up skills, Joe will also be playing the banjolele on stage and then when he can’t be seen he will be heard playing the clarinet and saxophone.

He said: “I have done stand up and quite a few stand up comedians have taken on this role in the past so that is the way I will be approaching it.

“Wishe-Washee gets everything wrong but he means well and loves living with his mum at home and he tries to be smart for his own good but it just backfires.”

He added: “Being an actor/musician is brilliant because it pushes you to new limits because you get to see things that you wouldn’t normally see and the pace of panto is really quick.”

So rub the lamp, make a wish and prepare for a take off on a thrilling magic carpet ride to the stars!

Tickets are £13.50 to £21 from the box office on 01708 443333.

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