Ian and Matthew return to the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple to play Widow Twankey and Abanazar

The Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple are delighted to welcome back Ian Hallard and Matthew Baldwin for their spectacular family pantomime Aladdin which opens on Saturday 10 December.

Ian and Matthew starred as the gruesome twosome, Flatula and Verruca, Cinderella’s ugly sisters in last year’s pantomime and were hugely popular with both critics and audiences. The North Devon Gazette said they “give a blend of villainous slapstick – with just enough menace for young audiences. It’s occasionally – and wonderfully – borderline sinister in the very best traditions of the panto baddies we love to hate.”

This year Ian will be casting off his villainous persona to play pantoland’s most famous laundress, Widow Twankey while Matthew will once again be displaying his sinister side as the devious and power hungry magician Abanazar.

Matthew says “we are delighted to have been asked back to the Queen’s Theatre as we both had a fabulous time here last Christmas and I am really looking forward to being very very wicked again this year.”

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre who co-produce the show says “We are delighted to have Ian and Matthew back at the Queen’s Theatre as they were excellent as the Ugly Sisters. They work really well together so I am looking forward to seeing a different dynamic between them when they are on opposite sides of good and evil!”