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WATCH The reviews are in! Aladdin and his Magic Lamp at the Lime Tree is the must-see panto this year!



Hundreds of excited Limerick children and their families visited ‘a whole new world’ at the Lime Tree Theatre on Saturday, December 11, for the opening night of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

After the success of last year’s panto, Lime Tree Theatre presents their very own professional Panto this Christmas running until Sunday, January 7, 2024

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The Lime Tree Theatre Aladdin crew pictured with Richard Lynch at opening weekend. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

Hundreds of excited Limerick children and their families visited ‘a whole new world’ at the Lime Tree Theatre this past Saturday for the opening night of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp

The festive show is running until Sunday, January 7, 2024 and is it wonderful? Oh, yes it is! Aladdin is an Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealing which will excite and delight all ages with song, dance, slapstick and laughter. The sets, costumes and lighting are all amazing and the show is one not to be missed by young or old.

Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick attended opening night and chatted with audience members about they loved most about the panto.




Ellie and Kate, both aged 9, found it impossible to single out their favourite parts, saying the entire show was just wonderful.

“It was really good, I loved all the acting, it was just amazing,” said Ellie. “The singing was really good too. I’d really recommend it, it was great. My favourite character was Jasmine!” Kate was also impressed saying, “I thought the dancing was really good and my favourite character was Widow Twankey, especially when she did the Barbie bit!” 

This is a pantomime with loads of heart and a winning innocence. The show zooms along, with fabulous costumes, high energy choreography, glorious musical numbers and fantastic sets, its a panto with an exciting modern attitude.

Written by Mike Finn and directed by Michael Finneran, the company  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).

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.

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!

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

Read more Lime Tree Panto stories here.
Book your tickets now here.

Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.