Aladdin: bringing panto magic back to Lincoln this Christmas!
After more than a year of lockdowns and isolations, the cast of this Christmas’s spectacular pantomime ‘Aladdin’ are preparing to bring some much-needed magic to Lincoln! For the past fourteen years, local company Jamie Marcus Productions Ltd have been entertaining the city with their spectacular traditional pantomimes at Lincoln Drill Hall. However, last year that record was interrupted by the pandemic and the closure of the venue.
This year’s production promises to be no less spectacular. Packed full of songs, laughs and a spectacular flying carpet that will whisk Aladdin and Princess Jasmine away to their ‘whole new world’, the return of this much-loved Lincoln Christmas tradition is hotly anticipated!
Not only will ‘Aladdin’ audiences have the chance to enjoy panto again, but they’ll also be the first to experience the facilities of the recently refurbished Lincoln Drill Hall, now known simply as ‘The Drill’, under its new management of Lincoln College Group.
Familiar faces, dazzling costumes, fantastic scenery and breath-taking special effects make the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family. Jamie Marcus Productions Ltd is delighted to welcome back by popular demand everyone’s favourite Dame, James Campbell as Aladdin’s long-suffering mother ‘Widow Twankey’, in this magical tale of wishes coming true. Expect more outrageous costumes, hilarious gags, and gravity defying wigs from the wash-a-day Widow this year!
Joining James is a face residents and movie goers may be familiar with – local lad and ex Lincoln College student Craig Garner returns to his roots this year as the evil wizard Abanazer. Craig began his acting career in The Drill’s panto and has gone on to enjoy a success in such blockbuster films as ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Pokemon,’ and ‘Snow White & The Huntsman.’
He’s currently filming a new Marvel film for Disney but has been sworn to secrecy: “I’ve had to sign a non-disclosure agreement which means I can’t tell you anymore about that unfortunately, so you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled for new releases!” Craig is thrilled to be back in his hometown, with a dream part in his favourite panto.
Jamie Marcus, the producer of the show, is delighted to be back at The Drill.
“After the last year we all wondered whether we’d ever be back in theatres again, so to be able to bring our hugely popular panto back where it belongs is brilliant! We realise some audience members might still feel a little apprehensive about coming back inside theatres, and that’s why we’ve decided to leave one seat between every booking for everyone’s safety and comfort. Audiences will be thrilled with what we’ve got planned this year, and not least our stunning special effect! In 2017 we had a Red Arrow flying over everyone’s heads, and in 2019 they loved Cinderella’s crystal flying coach and unicorn. I can’t wait to see the reaction with 2021’s fabulous flying carpet!”