Get ready for magic lamps and flying carpets – as York Theatre Royal have announced Aladdin as their pantomime for next year.
The announcement comes ahead of the curtain rising on this year’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, which begins performances from tomorrow (Friday).
Aladdin will run from Tuesday 3 December 2024 to Sunday 5 January 2025.
The 2023-24 pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk stars York favourite Robin Simpson, EastEnders and Goodness Gracious Me star Nina Wadia, and CBBC’s James Mackenzie. It plays until Sunday 7 January 2024.
Aladdin will see Robin Simpson return as Dame for the fourth time.
This follows a hat-trick of main stage pantomime Dame appearances as Ugly Sister Manky in Cinderella, Mrs Smee in All New Adventures of Peter Pan and his current role as Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Robin also played Dame in the theatre’s Travelling Pantomime which toured to city venues.
“With lavish sets, joyous comedy and spellbinding special effects, Aladdin promises to be our most magical pantomime ever,” said a York Theatre Royal spokesperson.
“This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family, but tickets will move like flying carpets so people are advised to book early for the best seats at the best prices.”
The York Theatre Royal and Evolution Productions co-production will once again be written by Paul Hendy and directed by York Theatre Royal creative director Juliet Forster.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm, and are available via the box office on 01904 623568 or via the York Theatre Royal website.
Tickets will be priced from £15. Family tickets for the best seats are £81 for a family of three and £108 for a family of four.