Customers buying tickets at The Hawth Theatre on Crawley could have been forgiven for thinking they’d travelled into the future, as a number of them were greeted by the sight of the theatre’s pantomime cast in full costume and make up, and a very large, VERY sparkly magic lamp.
However, it wasn’t the case that these patrons had somehow found themselves in December already, the festive atmosphere was in fact a cast photo call held by Evolution Pantomimes, the producers of this year’s spectacular show, Aladdin, which opens on Friday 7 December and runs until Sunday 6 January 2019.
Leading the way, with an air of menace was the evil Abanazar, played by Dancing on Ice’s, Jason Gardiner. However, even the famous Mr Nasty had a smile for the surprised and delighted customers, as did Shaheen Jafargholi (EasEnders) who will be taking the role of Aladdin.
Shaheen recently finished filming on BBC’s EastEnders as the much loved Shakil Kazemi and will also be remembered for his 2009 appearance on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), when he performed Who’s Loving You, made famous by Michael Jackson to a standing ovation.
Taking on the the role of the Spirit of the Ring is impressionist and voiceover artist Jess Robinson, who made it to the BGT live shows with her hilariously accurate impersonations in 2017.
Crawley’s favourite Dame, Michael J Batchelor makes a welcome return as the hilarious Widow Twankey, Nathaniel Morrison (BBC’s All Together Now) will be playing the Genie of the Lamp and Richard Franks returns after wowing audiences in Snow White last year. Comedian Ian Jones as Wishee Washee, Phil Stewart as the imposing Emperor and Emily Day as Princess Jasmine round off the impressive and talented line up.
Call The Hawth Box Of ce on 01293 553636 or visit www.hawth.co.uk
Direct link to book show online: https://goo.gl/nnRqsi