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It’s Panto Season!

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

This great early example of the TV panto is dominated by Arthur Askey’s barnstorming performance.

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BBC 1966
Dir David Croft
With Arthur Askey, Roy Castle, Mary Millar, Charlie Cairoli

The old trouper Askey and the dynamic and versatile Castle may have got top-billing but it’s the formidable arch-panto villain Alan Curtis who steals every scene he’s in, eliciting a chorus of hisses and boos from the audience. With a cast drawn from the stars of various stage pantos of the time, this is a splendid snapshot of a moment where old theatre traditions were under threat from the power of television.


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