Seeing a pantomime is a popular tradition for many families over the Christmas and New Year period. Theatres big and small across the country choose their pantomime and put on a show designed to add a few laughs to the busy festive period. Portsmouth's The Groundlings Theatre has chosen Aladdin for their Christmas pantomime, which will be on from December 9th 2017 till the 7th of January 2018.
If you've got the 1992 Disney film in your head, expect something quite different. The story of Aladdin traditionally comes from the Middle Eastern book of folk stories, The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. But this is a pantomime, so the story is a little bit more colourful, a lot funnier, and a little bit more wacky. Everyone is after something. Aladdin dreams of getting hitched to Princess Jasmine, while Abanazer just wants to take over the world. Widow Twankey is looking for a husband and Wishee Washee is just sick of washing dirty clothes. All of them are vying for the chance to have their wish granted by the Genie in the lamp.
In true pantomime fashion, the show is always more fun when the audience gets involved, so if you buy a ticket make sure you practice your "he's behind you!", "oh, yes it is!" and "oh, no it isn't!" and be prepared for a lot of laughs.
Tickets are £16 for adults, £14 for concession and £12 for children. They can be purchased from the Groundlings website or by calling the box office on 023 9273 7370.
There will also be two relaxed performances of the show on Wednesday 27th Dec and 2nd Jan at 11:00. These shows are designed for people with sensory disorders, autism or learning difficulties who may benefit from a slightly more relaxed performance.
The Groundlings Theatre is located at 42 Kent Street, Portsea and is about 23 miles from Southampton.