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IT’S time to dream-up your three wishes and dig out your magic carpet for some fabulous festive fun at the St Helens Theatre Royal.

This Christmas, Regal Entertainments is set to transport theatre-goers to the mythical east in a rip-roaring pantomime version of Aladdin.

One of the most treasured tales of all time, the Aladdin stage show has magic, sparkle and festive fun by the bucket-load.

Will Aladdin spoil the evil Abanazer’s plan to rule the world? Will he get the girl? Will Widow Twankey find a pair of knickers that fit?

There’s only one way to find out this Christmas!

Starring master of illusions Richard De Vere as the evil Abanazer and Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane - aka Andy McDonald - as Aladdin, the show is set to offer plenty of fun for all the family.

Other cast members include DJ Kev Seed, of Wish FM, who is set to play PC Noodle, and Radio City’s Claire Simonsen, who is set to fly in as the Slave of the Ring.

The stars are joined by a gifted cast of local actors too, including Charlie Griffiths as the Empress of China, singer and choreographer Marc Lawlor as the Genie of the Lamp, Si Foster as Widow Twankey, Leah Murphy as Princess Jasmine and Eliose Tasker as So Shi.

There will also be an appearance from Schnorbitz the dog and his little friend Schnookie.

Producer Jane Joseph, of Regal Entertainments, said: “I’m thrilled to bring another spectacular family pantomime to St Helens this Christmas following the sell-out successes of Snow White, Cinderella and Peter Pan over the past few years.

“As in past productions this cast will bring hilarious comedy that will make the whole families wishes come true this Christmas.

“Aladdin is one of my favourite stories and it’s a joy to see it back at the Theatre Royal.”

Directed by Theatre Royal manager Chantelle, and with musical direction from Ian Rowlands, Aladdin is set to run from Friday, December 2, until Sunday, January 8.

Tickets, priced £13 and £11, are on sale now - along with family tickets for £37 and £45.

Call the Theatre Royal’s box office on 01744 756000 or go online at: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com