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Aidan Crowe takes on the role of Widow Twanky in Lime Tree Theatre’s professional panto, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp. Picture: Keith Wiseman

After the success of last year’s panto, Lime Tree Theatre presents their very own professional Panto this Christmas, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp

After the success of last year’s panto, Lime Tree Theatre presents their very own professional Panto this Christmas, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp
A cast of Limerick actors bring a story that has been “lighting up pages and stages for ages” to the Lime Tree Theatre stage for this year’s panto

Written by Mike Finn and directed by Michael Finneran, the company are excited to present 34 family shows from Dec 8th 2023 – Jan 7th 2024.

Starring Aidan Crowe as Widow Twanky, Jessica Bray as Genie, Cora Fenton as the Sultana, Stephen O’Riain as Abanazer, Eoghan Cantillon-Mann as Aladdin, Aoife Hennessy as Jasmine, Eleanor O’Brien as Mini and James Corr as Christy.

As part of their continued commitment to mentor and develop artists in Limerick, Lime Tree Theatre is delighted to present their second professional Panto this Christmas. Limerick actors Aidan Crowe and Jessica Bray return to join the stellar creative team from last year; Mike Finn (Writer), Michael Finneran (Director), Noel Lennon (Music Director), Pamela McGlynn (Choreographer), and joined by Jean McGlynn (Production Designer).


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The show will run for 34 performances from December 8th 2023 – January 7th 2024. Aladdin and his Magic Lamp will once again feature an ensemble of young local performers, who will perform alongside the professional cast.

The long-term plan to keep local professional artists and supporting art-workers employed in the city will ensure a vibrant arts sector in Limerick for the next 10 years.

Panto Playwright, Mike Finn, said, “The story of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp has been lighting up pages and stages for ages. Some time in the late 1960s I was taken, on a cold January evening, to the Crescent Theatre (or was it the City Theatre?) to my first pantomime. The lights went down, the band struck up and when the curtains opened we were in a (sort of) China.

“There were men in dresses, colourful sets, extravagant costumes, a comic laundry, giant knickers, dancing girls, custard pies, people falling over, flying carpets, mysterious caves and adults nudging, winking and sniggering at things I didn’t understand. I was mesmerised by the sophisticated stupidity of it all and I’ve been trapped, like Aladdin in his cave, ever since.”

Join Aladdin on this adventure involving magic lamps, genies, flying carpets and a chance encounter with the Princess Jasmine. How will it all end? Find out at the Lime Tree Theatre where the team who brought you the hit Jack and the Beanstalk take you on the hilarious musical adventure that is Aladdin and his Magic Lamp.

The Lime Tree Panto – it’s a beautiful show!

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Booking is now open for all Panto shows this Christmas. You can call the box office team on 061 – 953 400 for more information.

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The whole Lime Tree Panto team got together to kick off Aladdin and his Magic Lamp rehearsals and will have 34 performances starting from December 8th right up until January 7th, 2024. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

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