VIDEO: A genie-ous script to wow Peterborough panto lovers at the Key Theatre

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There will be some familiar faces at the Key Theatre for panto season next month . . . oh yes there will.

Leading the way with the story of Aladdin is composer Simon Egerton, who will not only write original music and lyrics for the third year in a row but, this year, will also step into the whole new world of directing– and is promising a magnificent magic carpet ride of a family show.

Darren Machin will play Widow Twankey

Darren Machin will play Widow Twankey

He is joined by familiar faces Natalie Morton Graham (Cinderella in 2013), who returns to play Princess Poppy, with James Peake and Robin Johnson (the excellent Dame Trott and Flesh Creep in Jack and the Beanstalk last year) back as Wishee Washee and the evil Abanazzar.

Darren Machin plays the dame of dames Widow Twankey. In stark contrast to his TV appearances in Downton Abbey and New Tricks, Darren was in the West End with Privates On Parade and has worked with legendary dame Terry Scott as well as comedy greats Eric Sykes, Ray Cooney and Carry On’s Bernard Bresslaw.

Sally Peerless plays Aladdin fresh from touring in Saturday Night Fever, Trevor A Toussaint takes on the role of the Genie straight from Sister Act, and Helen Power (Chicago, Sunset Boulevard) plays the glamorous Ishtar, adding to this year’s talented cast.

The tale of the poor boy who finds fame and fortune thanks to a genie in a magic lamp, features a ‘genie-ous’ original script from acclaimed theatre-maker Brad Fitt, who put on the brilliant My Dog’s Got No Nose at the Key earlier this year .

Robin Johnson - Flesh Creep in  Jack and the Beanstalk last year returns as Abanazzar.

Robin Johnson - Flesh Creep in Jack and the Beanstalk last year returns as Abanazzar.

Peterborough’s own Lewis Hall returns as Musical Director.

The panto runs from December 3 to January 3 and tickets cost from £11.00 - £18.50 and are available from the box office on 01733 207239 or www.vivacity-peterborough.com

James Peake - Dame Trott in  Jack and the Beanstalk last year reurns as Wishee Washee.

James Peake - Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk last year reurns as Wishee Washee.