Until Sun 3 Jan 2016

Location: Derby Arena

Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

About the event

One of the biggest East Midlands Panto returns to Derby for 2015 with Aladdin at the new Derby Arena!

Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton as The Slave of the Ring

The Only Way Is Essex Dan Osborne as Genie of the Lamp

5ive's Ritchie Neville as Aladdin

Richard David-Caine and Joseph Elliott (from CBeebies' Swashbuckle) as PC's Ping and Pong

Mike McClean as Wishee Washee

Leon Craig as Widow Twankey

Take a magical carpet ride through a tale of eastern promise and adventure, where you will discover a magical world of make-believe. Follow loveable rogue Aladdin on his quest for hidden treasure as he tries to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

This fairy-tale story will have all your favourite panto characters, including the Genie of the Lamp, the Slave of the Ring, evil sorcerer Uncle Abanazar, Aladdin’s no-good brother Wishee Washee, and the ultimate pantomime dame, Widow Twankey! Find out if the Genie can make all your wishes come true in this spectacular production, full of fun and laughter, which will captivate both the youngest and oldest in your family.

After the success of the last Assembly Rooms pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, the East Midlands Christmas theatre event of 2015 will return with fabulous new sets & costumes, hilarious slapstick comedy, high energy music & dance routines, and lots of audience participation, Aladdin will fulfil your three wishes for Christmas 2015. Join us as we open-sesame on a pantomime of pure sparkle and shine inside the incredible new Derby Arena!

Check out our production trailer below! 

Transport & parking 

Finding us is easy, we are located just outside Derby City Centre on Pride Park and we are easily accessible by car, bus or train. Please use DE24 8AN or type in 'Derby Arena' into your navigation system if you are using satnav to locate us.


Standard and disabled car parking is available at the Arena at a charge of £3 per vehicle and there is also an option for drop offs. 

Please note that some performances clash with Derby County football matches, this includes shows on 12 and 26 Dec where the car park will close 20 mins after any morning performance has finished and then not be accessible to pantomime attendees until 6pm.

Traveling by bus

From Sunday 25 October there is a new bus timetable in place making Derby Arena more accessible from wider parts of the city, buses are traveling to the Arena from 6am in the morning through to 10pm in the evening. For the full timetable and route map visit the Arriva Bus website.

Traveling by train 

If you are travelling by train the Arena is located a short 15 minute walk from Derby train station or via a 2 minute taxi journey.

***Please note, Ritchie Neville will NOT be performing as Aladdin in either of the Wed 30 Dec performances (2pm & 7pm)

**** Please note, Dan Osborne will NOT be performing as Genie of the Lamp on Tue 22 Dec 2pm performance.

Prices & Offers

£44 - £12

Concessions: £27 - £12

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click Buy Tickets to see what concessions are available for this event, and for more price information and availability. Children 12 months and over require a ticket, unless otherwise stated. Proof of entitlement to concession may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the event.

Early Bird Offer

Discount of £2 per ticket for tickets bought before Sun 1 Nov has already been deducted from the prices displayed on the website. Any other offers (family ticket or group discount) will be deducted at the checkout.


***Please note, Ritchie Neville will NOT be performing as Aladdin in either of the Wed 30 Dec performances (2pm & 7pm)

**** Please note, Dan Osborne will NOT be performing as Genie of the Lamp on Tue 22 Dec 2pm performance.

Restaurant Offers

We have a number of restaurant offers available for Aladdin attendees; follow the link for details on deals with Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Hut and Café 42.

Please note that Café 42 is only open in conjunction with panto doors during the Christmas period with normal opening hours resuming on 4 January. 


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“a dazzling show!” Artsbeat

“tons of fun to keep the kids enthralled” Bum on a Seat

“a wonderful and plentiful feast of entertainment” Derby Telegraph

"Panto is back in Derby—with a spectacular show aimed at making audiences gasp in amazement" British Theatre Guide

"Every effort has been made to transform the arena, a velodrome of all places, into a kind of pop-up theatre. It exceeds expectations." Bum on a Seat

“a slick, lavish and highly entertaining production that contains all the crowd participation you'd expect” -Burton Mail 

A very entertaining morning, and well worth the early start! - Panto Insider 

Customer responses

Had a fantastic family evening @DerbyLIVE Aladdin last night. Enjoyed by all. Arena fantastic venue for it

Had a brill time last night watching #aladdin. The kids didnt stop.laughing and neither did we. @NatashaOfficial @mikemcclean5 @DerbyLIVE

Great to see Aladdin from @DerbyLIVE Panto back in Derby and Mike McClean as brilliantly funny as ever. One not to miss

Had a brilliant time tonight @derby_arena was an amazing venue for @PHApantos Aladdin @LeonCraig1 is wicked! @Leewaddingham @DerbyLIVE

Thanks to @derbypanto @DerbyLIVE @derby_arena for the invitation to #pressnight great show made even more impressive in the venue. Congrats

Samantha Cheetham (Facebook)
Fantastic show last night we loved it the cast were amazing well done everyone will be booking again for next year and loved Mike McLean he's so funny hope he's in the next one x

Karen Betteridge (Facebook)
Fantastic performance loved every minute of it Defo coming back nect year for Cinderella.

I took my children and grandchildren to the pantomime Aladdin this evening and I congratulate you all on an exceptional show, thank you. The scenery was good as were the costumes, also the music. We all had a very happy evening. - Peter Coleman