Aladdin Pantomime (Wyvern Theatre) | Family Traditions

Swindon Wyvern, Aladdin Pantomime

One of my earliest and happiest memories of my childhood, was going as a family to the pantomime. This is one tradition that I have tried to carried over with my own family. I think Christmas in one of the main times for traditions. These could be from your childhood or why not start a new tradition. 

Pantomimes are perfect for all the family, no matter what age. It is a chance to take time out from hectic Christmas preparations and enjoying time together as a family, with friends or as a night out to the theatre.  The feel good songs, lovable characters and of course the booing of the baddies. I love hearing all of the children getting excited screaming ‘he’s behind you’. Pantomimes indeed make me feel festive and ready for the Christmas build up. 

The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, kindly invited us to attend press night and see the production of this years pantomime….Aladdin. Starring Eastenders longest cast member, Ian Beale. Otherwise known as the talented Adam Woodyatt playing the evil baddie Abanazar (commence the booing). This actually is Adam’s 12th pantomime. Last year Adam actually squirted my husband Antony in the face…..much to my amusement.

Adam Woodyatt, Aladdin, Swindon

Josie originally was thinking of the Disney classic Aladdin. This is of course the pantomime version but there are similarities such as the lamp, genie and magic carpets and of course Aladdin.

This pantomime version of Aladdin brings in many characters such as Aladdin (Adam Bailey), Princess Jasmine (Rosanna Harris), Genie (Richard J Hunt),  Widow Twankey (Neil Bromley), Wishee Washee (Gary Jerry), The Emperor (David McKechnie) and Spirit of The Ring (Crischaela Vallender).

The production is brought together by the brilliant Ensemble who brings the scenes even more to life.  A great fact I found out was the dancers are part of a Juvenile Chorus and attend local schools and colleges. This is such a great touch for getting youngsters involved and a theatre production experience.

There are many feel good songs including a couple from mine and Josie’s favourite film of 2018… The Greatest Showman. Also including a sing-a-long of Baby Shark with Wishee Washee. You can’t help but join in with the actions, mainly as the song tends to stick in your head.

Aladdin, Adam Bailey

One part of the pantomime that was magical was the scene with Aladdin soaring through the sky on the magic flying carpet. Josie’s face was an absolute picture as she couldn’t work out how Aladdin was flying. For a pantomime you expect the normal special effects like the strategically placed smoke when Abanazar appeared on stage. The flying carpet really made the pantomime shine. 

The whole cast put on an amazing production. Adam Woodyatt again was brilliant, there was a hysterical scene with Wishee Washee, Abanazar and Widow Twankey in her laundrette, which had me crying with laughter.

Wishee Washee played by Gary Jerry was one of my favourite characters. Gary encouraged the audience to join in and had everyone clapping along. I also loved the sass of The Genie, Richard who was completely suited to the roll.

This was another fantastic pantomime put on by The Wyvern in Swindon. The Aladdin pantomime production is on until 6th January 2019. Next year is Sleeping Beauty which we will be booking and hopefully be taking Rowan to his first pantomime. 

*** These tickets were gifted by The Wyvern Theatre during Press Night. All words are honest and my own thoughts. 

*** Photo Credit | Anthony Hunt Photography



  1. January 7, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    I love Aladdin and have such fond memories of visiting the pantomime as a child around Christmastime. I love that you’re carrying on the tradition with your own family and will definitely be doing the same one day- it sounds like you had a great time!

    Soph – x

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 7, 2019 / 10:50 pm

      Thankyou. Was brilliant, love seeing my daughter get so excited shouting the classic ‘oh no you didn’t etc’. Is nice you also have memories of going xx

  2. January 8, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    When I was younger we always went to see a pantomime at this one theater and it was a lovely tradition 🙂 They’re always so much fun. My boyfriend is a magician and used to make magic props and he made a flying carpet for an Aladdin panto once!

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 8, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      Is a lovely tradition isn’t it. Love how everyone can join in and enjoy the show. Oh my days that must be amazing having a magician boyfriend. Sounds like fun getting to make magic props xx

  3. January 9, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    I LOVE a pantomime! I haven’t been for a few years now but do remember basically crying with laughter at the last one I went to. This sounds like a fantastic one that certainly pulled out all the stops with the effects. The magic of it all is always the best part! Looks like you had a great time!

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 9, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Loved the look on my daughters face the whole way through and from the magic of the carpet. Makes it all worthwhile. Is the one thing that makes me feel super festive xx

  4. January 9, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    What a magical time! I love the pantomime although it’s been a few years since I last saw one. I’m glad you had a good time – it looks like it was so much fun.

  5. January 10, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Yes!!! I love this post! When I was a child I loved going to Pantomimes. I haven’t been in so long and really do miss going to see one at Christmas time. I’m definitely going to be looking at what Pantomimes are being put on local to me.
    Clem xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 10, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      We have Sleeping Beauty near us next year, is such fun. I used to love going when I was a little and is one thing I always remember. Hopefully the kids will too xx

  6. January 14, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    This looks amazing! I love going to the theatre, especially around Christmas time.
    I’ve never seen Aladdin though, definitely next on my list!

    Amy x

  7. January 22, 2019 / 4:24 am

    I love Aladdin SO MUCH I’d really love to watch an Aladdin pantomime!! From the pictures, I’m impressed by the wonderful costumes worn by the actors and the stage decorations. Sounds like you had a great time there! I hope I can watch one someday ^^

    Tyas //

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