Everyone knows the fairy tale Aladdin, the much loved story about a poor boy who overcomes all and wins the heart of a princess. But do you know the pantomime version?
Aladdin is an impoverished young lad in a Chinese town. He is recruited by the magician Abanazar, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin’s late father, convincing Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey, of his goodwill by apparently making arrangements to set the lad up as a wealthy merchant. Abanazar’s real motive is to persuade Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a magic cave. After Abanazar attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin finds himself trapped in the cave. Fortunately, Aladdin retains a magic ring lent to him by Abanazar. When he rubs the ring, a “genie” appears, who takes him home to his mother. Aladdin is still carrying the lamp and when his mother tries to clean it, a second more powerful genie appears who is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the genie of the lamp, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries Princess Yueliang, the daughter of the Dragon Empress of China. The genie builds Aladdin a wonderful palace – far more magnificent than that of the Empress herself.
Abanazar returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin’s wife, who is unaware of the lamp’s importance, by offering to exchange “new lamps for old”. He orders the genie of the lamp to take the palace to his home in Egypt. Fortunately, Aladdin retains the magic ring and is able to summon the lesser genie. Although the genie of the ring cannot directly undo any of the magic of the genie of the lamp, she is able to transport Aladdin to Egypt and help him recover his wife and the lamp and defeat Abanazar.
With references to everything from Starbucks and easyJet to the Danish royal family, musical numbers and fabulous costumes, there was something for both children and adults that holiday season. We booed the villains, cheered the hero and heroine, sang along to the tunes and thrilled to the fabulous dance routines.
Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, 2100 Kbh. Ø (www.krudttonden.dk)
Saturday 12th January 2013
Øbro Jagtvej Bibliotek 10 o’clock and at Østerbro Bibliotek 11.30
Guest appearances by the cow from the Cinderella pantomime and the “Dame” (Widow Twankey) from Aladdin, played by Iven Gilmore and Aladdin himself, played by Sébastien Bagot.