This year there’s a plot

Barwick Kaler as Widow Twankey in the Lad Aladdin. (S)
Barwick Kaler as Widow Twankey in the Lad Aladdin. (S)

Aladdin and the Twankeys

York Theatre Royal

Thursday December 12-Saturday February 1, 2014

Pantomime legend Berwick Kaler returns to York Theatre Royal in his latest madcap seasonal treat Aladdin and the Twankeys.

But to break with his tradition, this year there will be a plot.

The evil Abanazar must seek out the oldest man in China known as the Special One; only the Special One can tell him the name of the Chosen One who will lead him to untold riches.

Complications set in when he finds Aladdin has an identical twin brother who looks nothing like him.

The Genie of the Ring keeps knocking himself out and wakes up thinking he’s someone else.

Theatre Royal bosses say this is just the start of a journey of belly laughs, mayhem, slapstick and innovation, brand new breath-taking sets and costumes.

Further to directing, writing, ushering, and serving tea and coffee in the interval, Britain’s longest-serving Dame will also be appearing as the much loved Widow Twankey, a character, alongside Mother Goose, he considers being one of the best panto dame roles there is to play.

In his career of 41 pantomimes (35 at York theatre Royal) Berwick has attempted to play Widow Twankey four times and this year is hoping to get it right.

Joining Berwick will be regular favourites Martin Barrass (who has spent most of the year appearing in West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors) in the dual role of Wisehopper and Mankee, Suzy Cooper as Princess Peke-a-Boo, Sian Howard as the Empress of China, AJ Powell as The Genie of the Bling, Jonathan Race as the villainous Abanazer and In the title role of Aladdin will be Canadian actor Alexander Braatz.

Berwick said about this year’s pantomime: “Aladdin and the Twankeys has all the ingredients for yet another much awaited unique extravaganza into the fun-packed world of Team Kaler and Co at York Theatre Royal.

“As always it will have all the makings of a traditional family panto with plenty of lunacy and madness.

“The really exciting thing this year is we have a script and a plot.

“Just add some anarchic, manic, surreal, visually stunning sets and costumes and bags of belly laughs and you have a perfect treat this Christmas for all the family.”

Tickets for Aladdin and the Twankeys are priced from £10-£26.50 and can be obtained by from the Box Office or by phoning 01904 623568 or online at