Mercury Theatre, Colchester have announced the full cast for Aladdin, written by Andrew Pollard with direction from the Theatre’s Creative Director Ryan McBryde; the team behind the Great British Pantomime award-winning Cinderella.
David Djemal (Constable Naw), James Hameed (Aladdin), Marisa Harris (Sergeant Nee), Danielle Kassaraté (Princess Jasmine), Sasha Latoya (Genie of the Lamp), Minal Patel (The Emperor of Colchestaria) and Leonie Spilsbury (Fabra Cadabra) join previously announced Antony Stuart-Hicks (Widow Twankey) and Dale Superville (Humphrey the Camel) star in this years production.
Forming the panto chorus are Polly Clarke, Ellie Donaldson, Mea Ferrari, Lucie Henderson, Albie Keeble, Saanvi Kumar, Annabel Nottage, Olivia Osborne, Davida Adekanle, Amy Bennett, Sasha Buxton, Niamh Butcher, Jonny Ford, Maddison Hawes, Isaac Lock and Sophie Parton.
Completing the creative team are David W Kidd (Lighting Designer), Ed Clarke (Sound Designer), Nick Barstow (Musical Director), Donna Berlin (Choreographer), Michael J Fitch (Magic Advisor), and Marc Frankum (Casting Director CDG). The production opens on 4 December, with previews from 27 November, and runs until 16 January 2022.
Creative Director of Mercury Theatre Ryan McBryde said: “This will be our first pantomime in the new building after a three-year hiatus, and we just can’t wait to welcome audiences back. Pantomime is our biggest, brightest show of the year, where our local community comes together to experience the magic collectively. This Christmas we’re presenting Aladdin, a story of joy and transformation to delight and warm the hearts of our audiences at this festive time of year. In this version of the story, Aladdin is a street busker with aspirations to be a rock star so there’ll be music from Queen, Journey, Bon Jovi and The Script!”
Journey with us to distant shores where the penniless Aladdin dreams of winning the heart of the rebellious Princess Jasmine. When he is tempted by an evil sorceress with the promise of untold riches, our young hero finds himself trapped in the Cave of Wonders with nothing but his wits and a battered old lamp. Little does he know that its contents will change his life for ever.
Will Aladdin defeat the wicked sorceress? Will the Princess Jasmine ever notice him? And will the Genie of the Lamp make all his wishes come true?
Hop aboard your magic carpet for a hilarious, fun packed adventure full of song, dance and all the usual Mercury magical mayhem!
Aladdin runs at the Mercury Theatre from 27 November 2021 – 16 January 2022. For more information or to book visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/aladdin.