All out for Aladdin

Broadbent Panto 2014
Broadbent Panto 2014

Old time traditions and fun mix with new special effects and jokes at this season’s Lindsey Rural Players’ pantomime - Aladdin.

The Players have been putting on pantomimes in their quirky little theatre in Wickenby for more than 40 years - and this year’s production will once again be a truly enjoyable experience for all the family.

Named in memory of famous actor Jim Broadbent’s father, the old chapel was converted into a theatre to replace an old nissen hut that burned down and had been home to a group of talented actors and artists since the last world war.

None of this years cast go back that far, though some of our regular audience keep coming back, in their 90s.

In this classic rendition of Aladdin, it’s all about old time traditions and fun mixing with new special effects and jokes.

And there are of course men dressed as women, girls dressed as boys, songs, dance, slapstick and even some acting.

Marcus Holland is an old hand, being a product of the Youth Theatre, performing in his ninth panto in a row, this time as Wishy Washy.

Directed with enthusiasm and humour by Pete Langston, another long standing member since childhood, this year’s cast also includes many fresh faces, particularly the politically incorrect Chinese Policemen, Wong and Pong.

This season’s pantomime will be dedicated to the memory of Michelle Boryszczuk, who lived in the village and played an active part in previous pantomimes.

Sadly, she was struck down with Alzheimer’s disease in her early thirties and, as one of the youngest victims of this tragic condition, died earlier this year.

Her husband, Steve, is an avid fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Society and the opening night’s box office takings will be shared with the charity.

The pantomime opens at The Broadbent Theatre on Friday, January 24 and runs over three weekends, until Saturday, February 8, with both matinee and evening performances available.

Booking is essential as some shows are already almost sold out.

Pay online by visiting www.broadbent.org, where the full list of performance dates and times are also available, or call the box office on 01673 885500.