Aladdin Flies In For Newport Riverfront Panto Fun

The countdown to opening night of Newport Riverfront’s annual pantomime has begun! This year’s festive offering, in association with the Production Exchange, is the magical Aladdin, which will open on Tuesday December 5.

The professional cast and crew have been working hard in rehearsals at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre for the last two weeks and created a sparkling pantomime ready to show its adoring public. The hero Aladdin, played by the dashing Nickcolia King-N’Da, will be flying his magic carpet for 57 shows in total.

Nickcolia will be joined on The Riverfront stage by two of the most popular cast members from last year, the lovable rogue Richard Elis as the Genie and Liam Tobin as the hilarious Widow Twankey. Dafydd Gwyn Howells will be joining the cast this year as the big, bad baddie Abanazar and there will be light relief in the form of everyone’s best friend Wishee Washee played by Aisha Numah. The beautiful princess Jasmine will be played by the equally beautiful Jazmin Hudson-Owen and completing the cast will be the wicked Empress Chinn played by Sunny Yeo. 

Richard Elis returns to Newport Riverfront in this years pantomime, AladdinRichard Elis returns to Newport Riverfront in this years pantomime, Aladdin

Richard Elis returns to Newport Riverfront in this years pantomime, Aladdin

The story of this year’s Aladdin will follow lots of colourful characters who join our hero as he struggles to see that good is rewarded and that bad is punished. There’s wicked Abanazar who tells everyone that he is the long-lost brother of Widow Twankey’s late-departed brother Dafydd. There’s the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her slightly domineering mother the Empress Chinn. And at Suds-U-Like Laundry poor old Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee must wash a mountain of smalls for the Royal Wedding.

The annual family favourite is once again produced by The Riverfront and Production Exchange, the team that produced last year’s best-ever selling Cinderella. Suitable for all ages, Aladdin will run from Tuesday December 5 2017 to Monday January 7 2018, with tickets ranging in price from £6 to £20.50 with group and family ticket discounts.

  • More information is available on The Riverfront’s website at and via the Booking Line on 01633 656757. The Riverfront are looking forward to audiences sharing their panto memories and experiences using the #riverfrontpanto hashtag!

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