Aladdin’s joyously exuberant opening!

Tuesday 29 November saw a magical Guest Night for this year’s extravagant Courtyard Pantomime, Aladdin, which has opened to 5 star reviews and amazing audience reaction.

Ellis Kerkhoven (Wishee Washee), Phylip Harries (Widow Twankey) and Craig Painting (Abanazar)
Ellis Kerkhoven (Wishee Washee), Phylip Harries (Widow Twankey), & Craig Painting (Abanazar)


Guests included representatives from sponsors Cargill and charity partner, Herefordshire Community Foundation with whom this year’s Christmas Appeal donations will be shared. Guests were invited from various organisations and supporters from around Hereford, along with local and national press.



Sophie-Nadia Taylor, Michael Nelson, Henry Burnett, Mary Hodgkinson




Written and Directed by local professionals Lyndsay Maples and Estelle van Warmelo, with music arrangements by the returning Henry Burnett, and choreography by Phillip Aiden, this classic story is brought to life with a modern twist by a cast of talented professional actors, and complimented, as ever, by the energetic younger community cast.




Aladdin has received superb comments and reviews by local and national press during it’s opening week;

★★★★★ “This year’s Aladdin deserves to be showered with superlatives with performances of a joyously exuberant cast.” The Stage

“A show that is full of wit, laughter, music and a brilliantly conceived and timely twist on the story of the boy bamboozled by evil Abanazar to retrieve a magic lamp.” Hereford Times

The Cast of Aladdin
The Cast of Aladdin



With shows running over the festive period until Saturday 7 January, be sure to make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Also, don’t forget to check out our Five Fabulously Festive Things to do at The Courtyard this Christmas period!