Festive family fun at Boston pantomime

The cast of Aladdin are looking forward to meeting audiences in Boston next month. EMN-181123-145959001
The cast of Aladdin are looking forward to meeting audiences in Boston next month. EMN-181123-145959001

Pantomime season at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, in Boston, always draws in the crowds and this year’s offering promises to be no different.

After a successful and record-breaking pantomime last year, Tony Peers Productions present this year’s panto - Aladdin!

The traditional family production tells the story of poor Aladdin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine.

Aladdin becomes locked in a cave by his wicked uncle Abanazer, and while there he stumbles across a magic lamp.

Aided by a helpful genie who grants Aladdin three wishes, they escape and rescue Princess Jasmine.

The pantomime at Blackfriars Theatre runs from Friday, December 7, to Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Making a welcome return to write, direct and star as Widow Twankey is Mark Two.

The hugely popular Rollo also returns to the Blackfriars stage in his role as Wishee Washee.

Mark and his wife Dee have even exclusively designed and made his Widow Twankey costume just for the pantomime.

Born into a theatrical family, Mark has been actively involved in professional entertainment from the age of seven.

He has starred in more than 40 pantomimes over the years, including many at Blackfriars Theatre.

Mark wrote, directed and starred in Cinderella at Blackfriars Theatre last year.

Mark says he is excited to make his return to Boston, and promises to have audiences on the edges of their seats.

He said: “I am over the moon with the casting of the show, as I have been able to hand pick every single artiste for this year’s production to create a dream team of fabulous actors and characters.

“There is something in the show for everyone, as we take you on a magical carpet ride of mystery and fantasy with exotic costumes, fabulous scenery and special effects.

“There will also be a spectacular flying carpet scene, some of the greatest songs ever written, plenty of audience participation and lots of surprises along the way!”

Shows are on Friday, December 7, Sunday, December 9, Saturday, December 15, Sunday, December 16, Monday, December 17, Wednesday, December 19, Thursday, December 20, Friday, December 21, Saturday, December 22, Sunday, December 23, Monday, December 24, Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28, Saturday, December 29, Sunday, December 30, Monday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 2.

Tickets, priced at £14 for adults, £12 for concessions and £48 for a family of four, from www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk or the box office on 01205 363108.

• For the last three years, the cast of the pantomime have collected donations from audience members in aid of the children’s ward at Pilgrim Hospital, in Boston.

In 2017, the cast of Cinderella cast donated £2,265 to the ward.

Speaking last year, Children’s ward sister at Pilgrim Hospital Margaret Goodley said: “We would like to use this donation to purchase a hoist to help children who have difficulties with walking and standing.”