Brackley Players bring Aladdin to the stage this February

The group will perform their family pantomime at Magdalen College School in Brackley from 7th to 9th February 2019.

The cast have been rehearsing since November to bring together an all-singing, all-dancing production which is sure to entertain adults and children alike. Audiences will be transported to the streets of Old Peking and be taken on a magical adventure to discover hidden treasures.


The pantomime will be directed by first-time director, Emma Wilberforce, and audiences can expect to see the usual panto characters, including Wishee Washee, Abanazar, Aladdin and, of course, the dame of the panto, Widow Twankey, who will be played by Ian Bell.

Abanazar (Jim Howson) and Widow Twankey (Ian Bell)
Ian said “I love traditional family pantomimes so I was delighted when Emma cast me in the role of Widow Twankey. I have been fortunate to play the role of Dame a number of times before and it’s always great fun, building the character and working with all the cast in rehearsals. One thing’s for certain, the audience are in for a real treat… Oh yes they are!



The cast is benefiting from the musical direction of Drew Cowburn, who will also be providing live musical accompaniment for the performances, alongside local drummer Lee Smith. Charlotte Boardman, principal of Starlight Dance Academy, will be putting the cast through their paces, alongside young dancers from her dance school.

Aladdin will be performed at on Thurs 7 and Fri 8 February at 7.30pm, and Sat 9 February at 11.00am and 2.30pm at Magdalen College School, Waynflete Avenue, Brackley, NN13 6FB. Tickets are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions and can be bought online at, in person from Davies and Partners in Brackley or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897.