A Magical Line-Up Coming Together For the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple Panto

We have reached the half way point in the year and casting is coming along nicely for The Queen’s Theatre spectacular family pantomime Aladdin.

 Alongside the previously announced Ian Hallard and Matthew Baldwin the Queen’s Theatre are delighted to have both Jenny Perry and Sophie Ayers returning.

 Jenny, who played Dandini at the Queen’s Theatre last Christmas, is currently touring in The Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West. For panto she will be going from villain to hero as she takes on the title role of Aladdin – the poor Chinese boy seeking both riches and the hand of the Princess.

 The Princess will be played by Sophie Ayers who performed the title role of Cinderella last year. Currently Sophie, who has appeared in the West End Productions of We Will Rock You and Loserville, is starring in the sell-out production of West Side Story at Kilworth House.

 Also joining the cast will be Aaron Gibson as the larger than life Genie of Lamp. Aaron played the role in Southport Theatre last year for which the Liverpool Echo compared him to Charles Hawtry with the Southport Visitor calling “fun, fun, fun” while The Stage described him as “splendid”.

 Steve Boden from Imagine Theatre who co-produce the panto says “Jenny was an excellent Dandini last year and has the perfect personality for the bright and cheeky character of Aladdin, whilst Sophie’s beautiful voice makes her ideal for the princess. Aaron had everyone in stitches as the Genie in Southport last year so we are delighted he has agreed to reprise the role in Barnstaple as the audience will love him.”