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Rehearsals now underway for Corn Exchange panto

Rehearsals have begun for Corn Exchange Newbury’s pantomime, Aladdin, which opens on Thursday 3 December 2020 and runs until Sunday 3 January 2021.

This year the Corn Exchange have announced a talented cast that will have families of Newbury and beyond in panto-stitches. Hungerford born George Olney will play Aladdin and Philip Elvy and Ben Barrow return, 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.


This year’s pantomime is written and directed by Plested and Brown (Adam Brown, Clare Plested and Amanda Wilsher) who wowed Newbury last year with Sleeping Beauty and audiences can expect all the traditions and magic of pantomime, plus a few extra surprises, in this funny, fresh and anarchic take on Aladdin.


Corn Exchange is following all industry and government Covid-19 guidelines. The pantomime cast will be in a bubble with regular Covid testing, audience members will need to wear masks throughout the performance unless they are exempt, and there will be Perspex dividing screens between households. 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.


Take the trip of a lifetime and journey to far off lands with Aladdin and his friends, as they discover treasures beyond their wildest dreams. As the cast prepares for the opening night on Thursday 3 December, tickets are flying out the door with limited availability for some shows.


Make all your wishes come true with Aladdin, which runs from Thursday 3 December 2020 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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