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Abanazer
Richard Facer
Spirit of the Ring
David Coward
Princess Jasmine
Leah Doyle
Handmaiden
Debbie Crowton
Emperor
David Gillard MBE
Police Chief
Simon Abbott
PC Plip
Kim Doyle
PC Plop
Jane Melling
Widow Twankey
Stuart Tizzard
Wishee-Washee
Stephen Hutt
Aladdin
Siobhan Ranns
Genie of the Lamp
Ian Carter
Older Prince
Marcus White
High Priestess
Shelley Gould
Mummy
Jenny Balfe

Company Chorus
Martin Reid
Bobby White
Marcus White
Justin Power
Fiona Richie
April Doyle
Tori Borgers
Valerie Gillard
Jenny Balfe

Directed by
Pete Whitaker
Choreography
Louise King
Musical Director
Ian Carter
Production Manager
Pete Whitaker
Deputy Stage Manager
Barry Sinclair
Lighting Design
Shaun Luckly
Martin Short
SFX
Shaun Luckly
Props
Ann Smith
Anne Maton
John Gayler
Publicity
Valerie Gillard
Programme
Valerie Gillard
Tickets
TBC
Costumes
Carry On Costumes
Animations
Neil Mathieson
Front of House
Georgina Smith
Sue Woodward
Stage Crew
Andy Christie
John Gayler
Chris Root
Lewis Torrington
Des Whitney
Stage Manager/Pyros
Martin Short
Technical Manager
Shaun Luckly
Flyman
Adam Venables
Lighting Operator
Zarene Bray
Follow Spot Operators
Phil Stevens
Photography
Eliot Walker

Keyboard
Alistair Hume
Guitar
Wayne Chappell
Bass Guitar
Stephen Street
Clarinet/Sax
Mike Hopkins
Trumpet
Peter Curtis

Drums
Dan Priest



Is it magic? Oh yes it is!

TAKE a brilliant script (by TV scriptwriter Simon Nye), add a company renowned for their excellent pantos, mix in great lighting, sound and costumes, top that with wonderful back-lit projections by the super-talented Neil Mathieson and the result should be magic. It is.

Clearly the production team of Pete Whitaker (director), Louise King (choreographer) and Ian Carter (musical director) used their magic lamp wisely, and their wishes have come true with a cast par excellence who can act, sing, dance and give that little bit extra to boot. And a super band, led by Alastair Hume, adds much to the enjoyment.

There are strong performances all round, especially from main principals Richard Facer (Abanazer), Stuart Tizzard (Widow Twankey), Leah Doyle (Princess Jasmine) and Siobhan Ranns (Aladdin), all of whom are so right in their roles that they should be sold in a package labelled ‘pantomime stars’.

The ever-smiling chorus also stands out, as do those in minor roles – not least Ian Carter, usually on the other side of the footlights but taking to the stage like a duck to water as Genie of the Lamp.

Try a magic carpet ride to the Regent this week. You won’t be sorry.

Linda Kirkman
The Daily Echo






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