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Get Aladdin - Landor Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ABOVE the Stage Theatre (ATS), who formerly resided in Victoria, will this year produce its hugely popular adult pantomime at the Landor Theatre in Clapham, as the company enters negotiations for a new venue set to open in 2013.

Written by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper, the team behind ATS’ last four pantomimes, and directed by Andrew Beckett, Get Aladdin will run from Friday, December 7, 2012 to Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Street-thief Aladdin and his widowed (‘single but experienced’) mum flee their Chinese laundry in Clapham and stow away to the ancient, badly-researched Chinese province of Hao Hung, after they stumble upon a dangerous magic lamp.

Pursued by the evil Abanazer and a hapless Scotland Yard detective on secondment from G4S, they find themselves embroiled in a battle of love and wits with the Emperor, his gay hot-geek son and a lascivious genie.

ATS’ pantomimes are strictly for adults only, but feature all the popular ingredients – songs, comedy, straight and gay love stories, a dame, audience participation and more.

Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s previous pantomimes for ATS include Sleeping Beauty – One Little Prick, Robin Hood – Queen of Thieves and Dick Whittington – Another Dick in City Hall, as well as Gay School Musical. Their new play, A Hard Rain, about a drag queen and former soldier in the build-up to the Stonewall Riots, will be produced by Above The Stag next year.

Andrew Beckett, previously seen on stage at Above The Stag Theatre in Sleeping with Straight Men and My Big Gay Italian Wedding, will be making his ATS directing debut with Get Aladdin.

The production will be designed by David Shields whose ATS credits include pantos, plays and musicals. He also designed Saturday Night Fever in the West End (Apollo Victoria) and tours of Strictly Come Dancing, Chess, Carmen Jones and Holiday on Ice.

Tickets: previews £12 (December 7 to 9); £18 from December 11 – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at www.abovethestag.com/ or www.landortheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm; Saturday at 3.30pm and 7.30pm; Sunday at 2pm and 6pm; Monday, January 31 at 6pm.

NB: There are no performances on Mondays, December 17 and 24, Tuesday, December 25, Wednesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 1.