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Aladdin brings two hours of escapism

After a delayed start due to lockdown, the Corn Exchange's pantomime rolled into Newbury this weekend jam packed with a host of Covid and Kennet Centre jokes.

Hungerford born George Olney plays Aladdin who whisks theatre-goers away on his flying carpet to a land of shouting, foot stomping, embarrassing of audience members and much needed general silliness.

George is supported on stage by Philip Elvy and Ben Barrow who both return to Newbury having delighted audiences in last year’s Sleeping Beauty. Philip Elvy is back as the dame, this year playing Widow Twankey, and Ben Barrow (last year’s secret prince, Tony the Phoney) plays the Genie.

Joining them are Ben Harlow as the evil Abanazar, Susan Harrison as Wishee Washee, Nikita Johal joins as Princess Jasmine, Emily Mae as Celia Siri and completing the cast are William Beckerleg and Gleanne Purcell Brown.

Corn Exchange is following all industry and government Covid-19 guidelines. The pantomime cast are in a bubble with regular Covid testing, while audience members need to wear masks throughout the performance unless they are exempt. There are also Perspex dividing screens between households and temperatures are taken when you enter the Theatre.

Audiences can book with confidence, knowing that if they are unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or having to self-isolate their tickets can be transferred, credited to their account or refunded.

The show runs until Sunday 3 January 2021.

Tickets £26 - £20 (£20.50 - £18.50 for Super Saver Performances, £26 - £25 for Adult Nights). Book your tickets online at www.cornexchangenew.com/panto, or via the Corn Exchange Box Office at 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).

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