Aladdin - New Wolsey Theatre


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Widow Twankey’s in a spin – there’s the Emperor’s robes to be cleaned, stir fry to be cooked and the mysterious magician, Abanazer, to be catered for. Then her eldest son Aladdin falls for Princess Fire Cracker, the Emperor’s daughter, and she nearly chokes on her chop suey. But when Aladdin and his pet monkey, Cuddles, get their hands on an ancient oil lamp, a rocking green Genie magically appears to make all their dreams come true. Can they outwit the evil Abanazer, dodge the Emperor’s dragons, and prove that a Princess and a peasant can make the perfect pair?

This ancient tale gets a brand new twist, incorporating over twenty classic songs including I’m A Believer, Papa Don’t Preach, ABC, I Will Survive and Highway to Hell, all played live by our multi talented company of actor-musicians. Mix in outrageous jokes and classic slapstick, with some wicked magic, and Aladdin serves up a sizzling hot feast for all the family.

If you're going to be using our pre-recorded Audio Description service please be sure to pre-book your headset with our Box Office Team 24 hours in advance and collect 30 mins before the show.

Please note, the one and only late night special is Fri 20 Dec at 9pm.

Cast & Creatives

Cameron Johnson — Widow Twankey

Kate Hardisty — Princess

Richard Upton — Grand Vizier

Lucy Wells — Genie

Lucy trained on the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford and has since gained the following theatre credits: Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone, Sinbad, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Snow Queen (New Wolsey Theatre); Roll Over Beethoven, Steel Magnolias (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Scamp, Leicester Square Theatre); Justin’s Band (UK tour); The Runner (Theatre Deli); A Midsummer Night’s Nap, Henny Penny (The Garage Theatre); BBC 10 Pieces Live (UK tour).

She has also appeared in BBC Radio 4 dramas Now, Love and Life Chances and the short film Ray which premiered at Flatpack Film Festival earlier this year.

Representation: Wintersons

Neil Urquhart — Aladdin

James Haggie — Wishee Washee

Adam Langstaff — Emperor

Adam trained at the Oxford School of Drama.

Work in the theatre includes: Grandma Saves the Day! (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Left My Desk (New Diorama); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey, Ipswich); The Who’s Tommy (U.K. tour); Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Jackie the Musical (U.K. tour); Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone, Sinbad, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Snow Queen (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera); Hot Stuff (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Our House (U.K. tour); Gawain and the Green Knight (The Yard, London); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera); Miss Nightingale (Hippodrome Matcham Theatre & U.K. tour); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Exquisite Folly, London); Noah's Ark (Mervyn Peake Centenary Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Baby Cow).

Hannah Baker — Cuddles the Monkey

Hannah Baker headshot

Hannah’s previous stage credits include: Banter Jar (London Fringe Theatre Tour); Beauty and the Beast (Leeds City Varieties); Lifeline R&D (The Charing Cross Theatre); The 39 Steps (OVO Theatre); Peter Pan (Alban Arena); Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre York); Twelfth Night (OVO Theatre); Aladdin (New Wolsey Theatre); World in Progress (The Other Palace and Edinburgh Fringe); Brass (Union Theatre).

Her screen credits include Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (Debbie Isitt).

Richard Costello — Abanazer

Richard trained at Guildford School of Acting.

His theatre credits include: Hackney Fantom in Death of England for The National Theatre; Moment of Grace at the Hope Theatre, Islington; Never Lost at Home, Abanaza in Aladdin at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Daniel 3 in Now And Then at Above The Stage Theatre; Captain Flash in Miss In Her Teens for Lynchpin Productions; Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Key Theatre, Peterborough; Flint and Smullet in Treasure Island at New Vic Theatre, Stoke: Korff in Tantalus at Camberley Theatre; Various roles in Matchbox Theatre, Rehearsed Readings of Abigail’s Party and Groping For Words at Farnham Rep; Bailiff in Is It Getting Cold In Here and Rehearsed Reading of Superheroes for Sheerdrop Theatre; Swing in Zorro The Musical at the Garrick Theatre, West End; Roger Brunton in Bad Girls The Musical at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Branigan, Calvin, The Greek in Guys & Dolls at the Donmar Warehouse; Macbeth in Macbeth at Vienna’s English Theatre; Reporter in How I Got That Story at the Finborough Theatre; Steve in Bodychecks for Common People Productions; Owen in Island for Trestle Theatre Company; Philostrate in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet for R J Williamson Company; Various roles in NewsRevue at Canal Cafe Theatre; Turbot in The Amazons for Just The Ticket Theatre; Zeus and Dionysus in Pandemonium at the Edinburgh Festival; Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Polsden Lacey Theatre; Oliver in As You Like It at Chilworth Manor.

Richard’s television and film credits include: The Suspect for ITV; Brussels for Apple TV; Sebastian in Gladiator for Dreamworks; Helmsman in Vikings: The Ambush for Ridley Scott Associates; Villain in Reprisal for Samuel Caws Productions; The Big Man in The Bicycle Thief for Park Bench Productions; Crimewatch for the BBC; Radio Werewolf for Sightline Productions.

Richard was part of the ensemble on the radio recording of South Pacific with Birmingham Symphony Hall. He was awarded Song of the Week by Kerrang Radio for his song ‘Sin City.’

Megan Hughes — Townsperson

Reviews of Aladdin

What the public say

Once again the New Wolsey have put us in the right frame of mind for the Christmas season and offered up a dazzling, hugely enjoyable show filled with laughs and a juke-box full of musical treats

East Anglian Daily Times

It's December, so it must be panto time ( oh yes it is, oh no it isn’t). And at The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich there is the usual high standard offering of their actor-musician version of the well known genre.

British Theatre Guide

As always this was 'Fab u lous' this is our 12th year of watching the Panto and every time it never fails us being entertained. thanks to all - just love Wishy Washy no matter which part he plays super talented - and the Dame well brilliant


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