Get ready for a great family adventure as Aladdin flies in to whisk audiences away on his magic carpet. 

Let him transport you back to Old Peking in the traditional pantomime, which is coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf theatres throughout December. 

The Council is delighted to announce that the family pantomime Aladdin is being staged at both the Coliseum Theatre and Park & Dare Theatre this December. 

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Starring Valleys’ favourite Frank Vickery, the panto also stars Maxwell James as the loveable Aladdin. 

Having trained at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Maxwell has starred in Mal Pope’s production of Capuccino Girls and The Adventuires of Sancho Pana, with Hijinx Theatre. 

Frank, born and raised in the Rhondda Valley and proud of his roots, is an award-winning playwright and actor. His self-penned productions include See You Tomorrow, Tonto Evans, Amazing Grace, Granny Annie, Erogenous Zones, Loose Ends, A Night on the Tiles, Roots and Wings, Family Planning, Trivial Pursuits and Tonto Evans

Aladdin, in which Frank stars as our very-own Widow Twankey, will be his seventh Rhondda Cynon Taf pantomime. 

The festive show will also star Laura Clements as Princess Jasmin, Lee Gilbert as the wicked Abanaza, Ryan Owen as Tommy the Cat, Jared Chinnock as the Genie of the Lamp, Tamara Brabon as the Genie of the Ring, Bridie Smith as PC Ping and Deiniol Wyn Rees as PC Pong. 

Aladdin is written and directed by Richard Tunley, who also appears in the show as the Emperor. 

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “The festive season is always a very special time of year, and there is nothing more special than taking the family along to a pantomime, one of the oldest traditions in the history of theatre. 

“The Council is delighted to once again announce that its family pantomime will be staged at both the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare and the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy. 

“Frank Vickery, who has worked in our theatres for many years, is now a pantomime institution as well as being a very talented playwright in his own right. 

“I am sure he will bring Window Twankey to life in his own inimitable style, entertaining the children and adults alike. 

“The Council is also delighted to welcome back our theatre favourites Maxwell James, Lee Gilbert and of course our pantomime writer and director Richard Tunley.” 

The 2017 pantomime production Aladdin follows hot on the heels of the Council’s smash-hit panto Dick Whittington last season. 

During its run at both theatres, there will be ‘Relaxed Performances’ of Aladdin for people with learning difficulties,  their families and carers. 

Aladdin runs at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, December 1-10 (selected dates) and the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, December 16-24. 

Tickets are now on sale for Aladdin. Adults £15.50; Concessions £12.50; Family Ticket £48; Groups of 20-plus £9. Performance times vary. Call the Box Office on 03000 040 444 or visit

Schools performances run from Thursday, November 30, to Wednesday, December
Posted on Friday 6th October 2017

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