The pantomime season is almost upon us again (“Oh no it’s not!” - Ed). Oh yes it is, and this coming January (12th, 13th and 14th at Linlithgow Academy - see map under "Where to find us"). The Linlithgow Players will present the tale of Aladdin, complete with men in tights, women in trousers and genies in dirty lamps.
Playwright Ben Crocker, described by The Times as a writer of “perfect proper panto”, has created a story with all your favourite characters including the beautiful Princess Jasmine, the thigh-slapping Aladdin, his mother - the laundry-owning Widow Twankey and the evil Abanazar: a man badder than the baddest man from Badtown, who just loves his “boos”. Also providing moments of rib-tickling hilarity, and incompetence, will be the comic duo of Sergeant Ping and PC Pong – two policemen no more use than a couple of water proof teabags. And this year the Players have spared no expense to secure the services of “Nobby”, one of the few surviving pandas still acting in the United Kingdom today. What’s more, Nobby has a black belt in Kung Fu! That’s right, a real live, martial arts, practising panda – who wouldn’t want to see that?
As always, the Players are proud to welcome a number of rising young stars from one of the country’s leading dance schools, the Central Scotland Ballet School (CSBS), who will complement the drama and farce on stage with their own inspiring dance numbers.
Tickets, priced at £10 and £5, (the same price as last year) will be available from November 26th at the Linlithgow Advent Fayre, online from this website, on the phone (0784 773 5077), or from the excellent “Far From the Madding Crowd” on the High Street, to whom we are forever grateful for their help in providing a local outlet for our sales.
So, if you are given three wishes this Christmas, why not use one of them to get tickets to see Aladdin, for yourself, or perhaps as a Christmas present for someone else. Book early however to avoid disappointment as we expect some performances to sell-out. Now where has Nobby gone? (“He’s behind you” – Ed) That’s the spirit.