THE YEARLY Christmas pantomime is returning to Tenbury soon.

The Regal in Teme Street is gearing up to present its ninth annual professional pantomime, ‘Aladdin’ later this month.

The traditional tale of rags to riches will be performed from December 15 through to December 31 with both evening and matinee showings as well as a relaxed performance on December 20 for those who may benefit from a brighter, quieter environment.

Rather than being plucked straight from the pages of ‘The Arabian Nights’ it seems that this year’s rendition of the middle-eastern folktale will receive a local twist, with Aladdin being played by Welsh actor Kieren Kinsey and characters such as Queen Mistletoe set to make an appearance.

Professional actors from both near and far will be taking to the Regal’s stage to bring the age-old story to life.

Among the cast is Alan French who will be playing Dame Betty Bagwash. Mr French is well known for his flamboyant portrayals in various pantomime and has recently appeared on television in programmes such as Hollyoaks, Brassic, Cold feet, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Waterloo Road.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alums Nadia Shash and Lily Sitzia will be playing Queen Mistletoe and the Genie respectively. Ms Sitzia is said to be excited to share the magic of her first pantomime in Tenbury.

A spokesperson for the Regal said: “Follow the captivating story of Aladdin as he falls in love with the beautiful princess, discovers an enchanted lamp, and embarks on a thrilling quest for fortune.

“Alongside him are his hilarious and endearing mum, Betty Bagwash, and a mysterious and manic Genie who promises to make your spirits soar. But beware, lurking in the shadows is the wicked Bjorn Narstee, determined to get his hands on that magical lamp.

“Expect boos and hisses aplenty in this much-loved pantomime. A Christmas cracker of a treat for all ages.

“Join us at the Regal Theatre for Aladdin and create lasting memories with family and friends.

“Get your tickets today and be part of the magic.”

Junior tickets cost £12.50, with adult tickets costing £16.50.

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