Aladdin Pantomime Script by Alan P Frayn, Stage Right Creative Ltd

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Aladdin

Refreshingly new, this laugh-a-minute version adds another dimension to the great panto classic


This very original and funny script provides all the necessary ingredients for a first-class and spectacular production of this famous oriental rags-to-riches tale.

Bursting with comedy and visual business, courtesy of Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee and the two Chinese Policemen (Yu-Dun-Wong and Hu-Dun-Pong), this sensational script provides ample opportunity for audience participation, slapstick mayhem and traditional pantomime fun.

The text also contains a well-described, unusual ultra-violet scene (optional) transforming Aladdin's journey from China to Egypt into a magical and colourful fantasy.  The staging can be relatively uncomplicated, but the sky's the limit for the more ambitious!

If you're ready to embark upon an unforgettable journey into the Land of the Magic Lamp, let this "in-genie-ous" script make your wish come true!

Full cast and scenery requirements are listed below

Many productions of this script have won NODA and drama federation awards, including St Stephen Pantomime Company (“Best Pantomime” out of the whole NODA South West Region)!

We also offer a version of this script for schools or youth theatre groups (slightly simplified and with added lines for Chorus members).  Please contact us for a reading copy, if interested.  

"...Aladdin had all the ingredients for a fun-filled and entertaining pantomime.  There were jokes galore, audience participation aplenty and a vibrant mix of singing and dancing."  (Northumberland Gazette)
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EXCERPT from Act I Scene 5: Twankey’s Takeaway © Alan P Frayn

 (WONG and PONG, the Chinese Policemen enter DSL.)
WISHEE:Oh, look who it is – Ant and Dec!
W TWANKEY:Have you come for your Saturday Night Takeaway?
WISHEE:No, they’ve probably come to arrest us for “wonton” behaviour!
PONG:(To Widow Twankey) Is Araddin here?
W TWANKEY:Like I’d tell you!
WONG:I’m hungly. Do you do takeaways?
WISHEE:Yes, of course – two from six is four!
PONG:He means have you got dim sum?
W TWANKEY: No, but I do have a dim son.  (She slaps Wishee on the head.)
WONG:And do you deliver?
SO-SHY:I’m not sure.  (To Wishee:) Do we deliver?
WISHEE:No.  We do tongue, but we don’t do liver!
W TWANKEY:Why not try the chicken surprise?
PONG:What’s that got in it?
SO-SHY:(Reading the menu:) Beansprouts, noodles and oyster sauce.
PONG:What, no chicken?
OTHER 4:(Like a music hall punchline:) That’s the surprise!
W TWANKEY:How about chicken ding?
WONG:What’s that?
WISHEE:You put some chicken in the microwave and wait for it to go “ding”!
WONG:Okay. One with flies and one with lice, please.
SO-SHY:(Alarmed) Err!  Did he just say “flies” and “lice”?
W TWANKEY:It’s okay, he means fries and rice!  I’ll go and get it. (She exits SR.)
PONG:(Picking up a dish from the counter) Ooh, flee nuts!
(The POLICEMEN greedily help themselves and WONG chokes on one.)
WONG:Aaagh!  I’ve got a peanut stuck in my throat.
WISHEE:Well, eat some chocolate – it’ll come out a treat tomorrow!
PONG:(Reacting in pain) Ow!  And I’ve broken my tooth!
WISHEE:So-Shy, make him an appointment at the Chinese dentist.
SO-SHY:What time?
WISHEE:2.30! … See what I did there?  Tooth-hurty!
W TWANKEY:(Re-entering SR with two chicken legs) Hey, don’t eat all the peanuts!  It took me hours to suck all the chocolate off them this morning!
WONG:(Reacting) Err!  (Taking a chicken leg) This chicken’s cold!
W TWANKEY:What do you expect – it’s been dead for a month!
PONG:(Taking the other chicken leg and trying it) It’s rubbery!
W TWANKEY:Oh good, I’m so glad you like it!

Characters
ALADDIN: A wastrel boy with big ideas. (Can either be played by male, or female as Principal Boy)
WISHEE WASHEE: Aladdin’s daft brother. (Male)
WIDOW TWANKEY: Pantomime Dame, Aladdin’s mother. Runs the Wosh ’n Nosh. (Obviously, best played by a man)
PRINCESS MANDARIN: Typical Princess character. (Principal Girl)
SO-SHY: Mandarin’s handmaiden and companion. (Female. Larger part than in most versions)
The EMPEROR or EMPRESS: Mandarin’s father/mother. (Male/Female)
YU-DUN-WONG &
HU-DUN-PONG:
The idiotic Chinese Policemen, typical panto-style comedy twosome. (Either can be male or female)
ABANAZAR: An evil Egyptian Magician, the baddie of the piece, but slightly tongue-in-cheek. (Male)
SPIRIT OF THE RING: The good Slave of the Magic Ring. (Female)
GENIE OF THE LAMP: The all-powerful Genie of the Magic Lamp. (Usually male, but could be played by female)
CHORUS: Citizens of Peking
Royal Entourage
Spirits of the Cave
Laundry workers
DANCERS: Featured in musical numbers as desired. Also perform the optional ultra-violet scene.
Scenes  (Notes on simplified scenery are also included in the script)
ACT I  
Prologue: Oriental Starters (Front cloth, DS gauze or front of Tabs)
Scene 1 : Old Peking (Full stage exterior scene)
Scene 2 : The Street of 1,000 Chopsticks (Front of Tabs or front cloth)
Scene 3 : The Palace Gardens (Full stage exterior scene)
Scene 4 : Back on the Block (As Act I Scene 2)
Scene 5 : Twankey’s Takeaway (Half-stage with front cloth or MS Tabs)
Scene 6 : A Ravine in the Mountains (Front of Tabs or front cloth)
Scene 7 : The Cave à la Din (Full stage cave interior scene)
ACT II  
Scene 1 : Widow Twankey’s Laundry (Full stage interior scene)
Scene 2 : Return to the Ravine (As Act I Scene 6)
Scene 3 : Proposal at the Palace (Full stage, as Act I Scene 3)
Scene 4 : [Optional] Magic Flight to Egypt (MS black Tabs – UV scene)
Scene 5 : Abanazar’s Egyptian Lair (As Prologue)
Scene 6 : Party in Peking (Full stage, as Act I Scene 1)
Scene 7 : Sing Along With Wong and Pong! (Front of Tabs)
Scene 8 : Cheerio from China! (Probably as Act I Scene 1 or 3)

“…Fearby & District Pantomime Society pulled off a fantastic show with “Aladdin” by Alan Frayn. The script was full of jokes, one-liners and action from the offset.”

Ripon Gazette

 

“…I am very familiar with the Alan Frayn scripts, I have used them for my own pantomime for the last 11 years. He does carry out an element of re-write every year to keep the jokes fresh and to avoid stagnation. This is something that you don’t get with other panto providers and contributes to his popularity. In fact, this year virtually all the amateur pantomimes in my NODA district used Frayn scripts.”

NODA Report

Brixham OADS

“…It was great! Thank you for a wonderful script, the perfect length, it zipped along, told a good story well, nice contrasts, every scene had interest and good scope for creativity! The jokes – wonderfully topical – kept us all laughing from start to finish. The audience loved them.”

Ovingham Drama group

 

"...The company took another well-constructed Alan P Frayn script and made this Aladdin their own. No-one was spared the jokes, from politics to budget airlines. This was panto that had its roots in tradition but also had a techno edge. Yes, there was a generous helping of knock-about characters and a baddie we could not resist booing."

Huddersfield Daily Examiner

 

"…In many pantomimes, second-rate scripts are all too often the best that amateur societies can find. Your company was extremely fortunate in finding and performing one of the best scripts I personally have seen! The very good script helped this pantomime tremendously. The humour wasn’t, as it is so often, corny, but was amusing and current. No wonder you had sell out houses!”

NODA Report

Frome Musical Theatre Company

"…Your script has really stood the test of fun and comedy because even up to, and including, the final dress rehearsal the cast themselves were still laughing at the jokes!! Normally, of course, by that stage all the jokes have worn a bit thin! However, not your wonderfully funny script!!”

St Hilda’s Entertainers

 

"...Airport workers raise thousands of pounds for charity with a lavish performance of Aladdin at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley. Alan P Frayn's witty script was packed with jokes ... the action-packed panto was a riot of comedy and colour."

Gatwick Life

 

"...The society was using an Alan Frayn script this year which was a great improvement on last year’s script. I am a great fan of these scripts which are well constructed, with good humour, and a nice line up of characters, groups cannot go wrong with one of his scripts."

NODA Report

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