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Packed house for opening night of Jordan Productions first pantomime, Aladdin, at the Central Theatre, Chatham

By Clare Freeman

It was a packed house at The Central Theatre, Chatham yesterday evening for the opening performance of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin,

The cast includes singer Javine Hylton as the Genie, Mark Siney as Widow Twankey, David Dobson as Wishee Washee and Imogen Brooke in the title role.

David Dobson who plays Wishee Washee and Todd Carty who is Abanazaar in rehearsal. Picture: Steve Crispe.
David Dobson who plays Wishee Washee and Todd Carty who is Abanazaar in rehearsal. Picture: Steve Crispe.

This is the first year Jordan Productions have produced the theatre’s panto and associate producer Tim Sitwell said the company is thrilled to be doing so.

He said: “We know that audiences are going to love our production. We have packed the show full of surprises and there really will be something for everyone this Christmas.”

David Dobson, Todd Carty, Mark Siney dressed up and ready for the panto.
David Dobson, Todd Carty, Mark Siney dressed up and ready for the panto.

Villain, Abanazaar is played by Todd Carty, who started as Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill before becoming Mark Fowler in EastEnders.

He is looking forward to a run in panto. “It’s all old-fashioned fun. Who doesn’t love a custard pie in the face?” he said.

Imogen Brooke is playing Aladdin.
Imogen Brooke is playing Aladdin.

And Todd has a chilling laugh prepared for Abanazaar: “He’s going to be evil but I want you to love to hate him. He’s a bit of a rascal. He’s got a glint in his eye but I wouldn’t trust him.”

But never fear, because PCs Hip and Hop are on hand to try to keep everything under control.

Twist and Pulse leading the cast in a dance routine in rehearsals.
Twist and Pulse leading the cast in a dance routine in rehearsals.

Twist and Pulse, who came second in Britain’s Got Talent 2010, said: “We got approached to do panto for the first time last year and we loved it.”

The duo will bring their unique brand of “streetomedy” and will not be having any misbehaviour in the audience: “Anytime anyone steps out of line we send them to the naughty corner. They have to do the splits if they’re naughty.”

Aladdin runs until January 4. For tickets go to www.chatham-panto.com or call 01634 338338.

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