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Berwick and the gang return for more pantomime madness

He’s back!! - Pantomime legend Berwick Kaler returns this Christmas for another year of pantomime madness when he appears at York Theatre Royal in his latest madcap seasonal treat – Aladdin and the Twankeys! - from Thursday 12th December –Saturday 1nd February 2014.

To break with 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. This is just the start of a hilarious, refreshingly exhilarating 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 4 times – 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 & Co at York Theatre Royal. As always itwill 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 visiting the York Theatre Royal Box Office or by calling 01904 623568. Tickets are also available online at


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Editors Notes:

PRESS NIGHT: Friday 13th December at 7.30pm– York Theatre Royal


Dates: Thursday 12 to Saturday 1 February
Venue: Main House, York Theatre Royal
Time: 12,13,16,17 Jan; 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30 Jan - 7.30pm:
14, 18 Dec-4 Jan, 6,11,18,25 Jan & 1 Feb -2.30pm& 7.30pm
10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan - 4.30pm & 8pm
Tickets: Off-peak performances: £12 -£21.50 (Concessions available)
Peak: £14-£26.50
4.30pm: £10-£16
Box Office: 01904 623568
Online Booking (24-hour):