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ALADDIN

COPENHAGEN THEATRE CIRCLE

Ons 09 Jan - Søn 27 Jan
ONS - FRE KL 19.00
LØR - SØN KL 15.00
EntrÉ 160 KR / BØRN 120 kr
Billetter sælges gennem www.ctcircle.dk
Grupperabatter: tickets@ctcircle.dk


Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
Instrueret af Reumert vinder Barry McKenna


Copenhagen Theatre Circle is proud to present Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp to Danish audiences, once again bringing the family tradition of English pantomime to Denmark. Pantomime grew out of the Italian Commedia dell'arte, which reached England in the 17th century. It quickly became a popular form of entertainment. Mixed with traditions from the British music hall ("Good Old Days"), it evolved into what we know today as the modern pantomime.

British Christmas pantomime is always based on a traditional fairy story, with songs, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes and audience participation. With Pongo the Pantomime Panda, flying carpets, genial genies, brilliant musical numbers and fabulous costumes, the CTC's original production of Aladdin brings you something for the whole family and all ages from 5 to 95!

Aladdin, an impoverished young lad in a Chinese town, is recruited by the magician Abanazar, who convinces Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey, of his goodwill by apparently making arrangements to set the lad up as a wealthy merchant. Abanazar's real motive is to persuade Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a magic cave. After Abanazar attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin finds himself trapped in the cave. Fortunately, Aladdin retains a magic ring lent to him by Abanazar. When he rubs the ring, a "genie" appears, who takes him home to his mother. Aladdin is still carrying the lamp and when his mother tries to clean it, a second more powerful genie appears, who is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the genie of the lamp, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries Princess Yueliang, the daughter of the Dragon Empress of China. The genie builds Aladdin a wonderful palace - far more magnificent than that of the Empress herself.

Abanazar returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin's wife, who is unaware of the lamp's importance, by offering to exchange "new lamps for old". He orders the genie of the lamp to take the palace to his home in Egypt. Fortunately, Aladdin retains the magic ring and is able to summon the lesser genie. The genie of the ring is able to transport Aladdin to Egypt and help him recover his wife and the lamp and defeat Abanazar.

A vital ingredient of a pantomime is audience participation. The audience is invited to "boo" when one of the evil characters appears on stage and to cheer when the hero or heroine appears. Exchanges between the audience and cast are frequent and entertaining.

To learn more about Aladdin and the pantomime tradition, together with information on how to get to the theatre, go to www.ctcircle.dk.