Get ready for panto fun at Derby Arena


Derby LIVE will be transforming Derby Arena, creating a theatre within the arena’s infield space for this year’s all-star family pantomime Aladdin.

Theatregoers coming to see Aladdin will find themselves walking into a black-walled, fully-functioning theatre with state-of-the-art lighting system and a stage similar in size to a 25m swimming pool.

Those attending will be treated to spectacular pyrotechnics, special effects and even flying carpets.

The layout will also mean that the audience will be able, for the first time ever, to see the live band and will enjoy all forward-facing seats, offering great views of the stage.

Aladdin director Alan Cohen said: “I am delighted to be directing the first major show in Derby’s stunning new arena space. Paul Holman Associates have a strong reputation for producing traditional pantomimes in the most spectacular way and this brilliant new venue will add further sparkle to an already star-studded big entertainment show.”

Aladdin features an all-star cast including Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton as Slave of the Ring, The Only Way is Essex star Dan Osborne as Genie and 5ive’s Ritchie Neville as Aladdin.

The show will take the audience on a magical carpet ride through a tale of eastern promise and adventure, discovering a magical world of make-believe. Follow lovable rogue Aladdin on his quest for hidden treasure as he tries to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

The cast also features the return of Derby favourite Mike ‘Squeaky’ McClean as Wishee Washee and CBeebies’ Swashbuckle stars Richard David-Caine and Joseph Elliott as PCs Ping and Pong.

Aladdin runs from Monday, December 7 to Sunday, January 3, with tickets priced from £13.25 - £30.25, concessions, group, school and family tickets available. Call for tickets on 01332 255800.

Photo by Robert Day