Thu 29 Feb 2024 plus 0 other dates

Location: Derby Arena

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

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About the event

John Thomson stars alongside award-winning Best Dame Morgan Brind in high-flying action-packed pantomime Aladdin at Derby Arena.

As featured as "One of The Guardian's best festive days out 2022" Aladdin at Derby Arena will put an extra sparkle into Christmas this year.

This Christmas all your wishes shall be granted.  Oh yes they will! 

Aladdin wishes the Princess would notice him, Princess Amirah wishes she could lead a normal life, Aladdin's mother wishes she could remember what she came in here for...

And there’s something very peculiar about that ancient clapped-out rusty thing. (The lamp... not his mother.)

Let us whisk you away this Christmas to the town of Shangri-La where Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey dream of a better life. However, lurking in the shadows the wicked sorcerer Abanazar has his heart set on world domination. It’s down to Aladdin, with a bit of help from his faithful friend Marmaduke the monkey, to save the day. Join us for a globe-trotting and action-packed adventure where the caves are full of surprises and even the genies have been bottling things up for a bit.

With spectacular sets, breathtaking special effects, gorgeous costumes and mountains of mayhem, the team behind previous smash-hit Derby Arena Pantomimes return to grant all your festive wishes in this action-packed adventure for the whole family.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the panto and It doesn’t take a genie-us to know one of your three wishes should be to see Aladdin at Derby Arena! 


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£30 - £18

Concessions: £28 - £10

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Featured in The Guardian 2022

One of THE GUARDIAN'S best festive days out 2022 The Guardian

Reviews for Aladdin 2022

"Aladdin will no doubt enhance Little Wolf’s reputation as one of this country’s top panto producers." British Theatre Guide

"An energetic show, with lots of traditional elements of a seasonal pantomime, there is something for all ages in this riotous production" What's Good To Do

"the perfect festive treat for all the family." West End Best Friend

"the show is filled with genuinely funny moments, heartwarming songs and some fantastic effects" Derby Telegraph

Reviews for Sleeping Beauty 2021

“…Sleeping Beauty is an impressive pageant from start to finish.” “…everything you expect from a panto: songs, slapstick and spectacle.” “… of the best dames in the business.” British Theatre guide

“….a fantastic magical show,” “We highly recommend Sleeping Beauty as the perfect panto for all the family!” Derby Days Out

“…Lots for Tots Ten from us, for this glitteringly fabulous night out for all the family.” “Sleeping Beauty doesn’t disappoint with all the thigh slapping, boo-hissing, pun groaning, costume changing, high-kicking, side-splitting fun we’ve come to expect from our Derby panto.” Lots for Tots

"…..we were spellbound by the cast on stage.” “….many laugh out loud moments.” “….it most certainly had everything we expected to see on stage during a panto and so much more.” “We throughly enjoyed the show, the venue was great and plenty of parking available too.” What's good to do

“… of the best pantomimes I have seen in many a year.” “The cast is superb with excellent acting, singing and dancing…” Theatre online

“…..the kids were wide-mouthed throughout!” “….the kids were completely mesmerised.” “…the set and costumes were breathtaking…” Boom Magazine

Reviews for Peter Pan 2019

“Go and see this pantomime, if you can: it’s an awfully big adventure and a festive treat that you won’t beat this Christmas.” Derby Telegraph

“Peter Pan is a panto that soars above the rest and has the arena buzzing with excitement from start to finish.” Derbyshire Times

“…..a magical night out with your family….” Artsbeat

★★★★1/2 “….it was brilliant, the smiles on my children’s faces … made it worth every penny.”

"In the role of Hilda, Brind has surely earned his place in the Great Hall of Dame" British Theatre Guide

"Entertaining and warm … There’s slapstick and exuberant choreography" The Stage

“… excellent family show that is suitable for young and old.” Theatre Online Facebook

“….a fabulous family night out.” Derby Days Out

“…..absolutely captivating for the little ones with glittering stage sets, special effects, fabulous costumes, marvellous singing and wonderful dancing!” Lots for Tots Derby

“A really good amusing family show that got us feeling Christmassy.” Boom Magazine Belper Facebook

“Another amazing performance …." Raring2go Burton upon Trent and Ashby de la Zouch

“….. jokes to suit all ages, and a lovely feel-good feeling as we left the Arena.” Nailed Community – Belper Independent News

Reviews for Jack and the Beanstalk 2018

“the finest pantomime I have ever seen” – Artsbeat ★★★★★

“dazzling and thoroughly engaging” – The Stage ★★★★

“it’s a happy, sing-a-long fun night out for the children!” – What’s good to do

"Plenty of laughs for all ages, local references, faaabulous costumes.. the panto dame surpassed herself! Great songs, Duncan off of Blue... what more could you want?!" Lots for Tots

"This has to be the most gag-packed panto in history. With slapstick, schtick, nonsense, spectacle and hilarity – you cannot fail to be wowed by the end." Celebrity RadioYouTube review ★★★★

"With its bouncing energy and a whole heap of panto silliness, Jack and the Beanstalk has the arena buzzing with excitement from start to finish." Buxton Advertiser

“Jack and the Beanstalk is spectacular in every sense of the word” British Theatre Guide

"Entertaining until the very end" Raring 2 Go

Reviews for Beauty and the Beast 2017

“The glittering set was lavish and spectacular….” Artsbeat

“….our cheeks are still hurting from laughing so hard and for so long!” Derby Days Out

“Warm-hearted and lavish panto….” The Stage ★★★★

“Beauty and the Beast was full of humour, gorgeous singing and dancing with a fabulous glittery set and costumes. Highly recommend !!” Boom Magazine Belper

“Boos and hisses in all the right places.” Derby Telegraph

“…a fantastic production full of exuberant and slick performances, local gags galore, laugh-out-loud moments, hilarious slapstick and impressive stunts all bound together with a great storyline that sticks close to the fairy tale that we all know and love.” Burton Mail

“….a production that is strong on story and offers many a magical moment.” British Theatre Guide