Entertainment

Aladdin and his genie work their magic in Crawley

The Hawth’s pantomime ALADDIN, starring Dancing on Ice’s Jason Gardiner and Shaheen Jafargholi (EastEnders, Casualty), brought more than 33,000 people to the venue throughout December 2018 and January 2019, with audience members of all ages enjoying the festive family treat.  Many took to social media to give fantastic feedback, ‘We’ve been coming for 6 years but this is the best panto yet’, ‘Great show saw it yesterday. Full of fun and energy’, ‘The panto was absolutely amazing so want to see it again!’ and ‘wow amazing, as always. Our Christmas has truly started now’ were just some of the amazing comments that appeared on The Hawth’s Facebook page during the run.
Produced, once again, by Evolution Productions and telling the story poor Aladdin, whose dream of marrying the Princess comes true with the help of a magic lamp, a genie and flying carpet, this beautifully crafted pantomime was a perfect mix of a highly talented cast, hilarious comedy routines, audience participation, amazing sets and, of course, a baby elephant and a giant mummy!
There was high praise from critics who called the show, ‘Spectacular’ (Crawley & Horley Observer) and ‘Truly Magical’ (Mid Sussex Times), while Theatre South East were impressed by the ‘Dazzling Costumes, lavish and colourful sets’ and whatsgoodtodo.com said Aladdin was ‘Everything you want from a pantomime.’
Drawing plaudits as always was The Hawth’s resident Dame, Michael J Batchelor, who donned his fabulous wigs and heels once again to take on the role of Dame Wishee Washee. Mark Dunford, reviewing for the Crawley and Horley Observer was not the only one to comment, ‘If there is a better Dame on the panto circuit than Batchelor I would be shocked. His comic-timing (Ginster’s Paradise anyone?) and audience interaction are perfect’. With this in mind The Hawth is delighted to announce that Michael will be returning to The Hawth for his sixth year for Dick Whittington in 2019/20.
After going on sale in early December, tickets for Dick Whittington are already selling fast, with more than 6500 people already securing their seats at what is sure to be another hilarious, action packed family pantomime.  You can book yours now by call The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 or visiting hawth.co.uk.

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