The family pantomime returns to Buxton Opera House this Christmas!

Aladdin at Buxton Opera House

After a long wait, this Christmas pantomime returns to Buxton Opera House with a spectacular production of Aladdin.

Probably one of the most popular pantomimes ever written, Aladdin is the tale of washer woman Widow Twankey, her lazy son and the mischief they get up to when a rich long-lost uncle appears in search of a magic lamp. Expect a roller coaster ride packed full of fun, songs, slapstick and dance.

Aladdin at Buxton Opera House
‘Cinderella’ in 2019 at Buxton Opera House.

Panto favourite James Holmes is back for sixth time!

Panto favourite James Holmes is back playing dame for the sixth time. This year he is delighted to be playing Widow Twankey, perhaps the most famous pantomime dame of them all!  A familiar face on tv, James is best known for his many appearances as Clive in the award-winning TV comedy Miranda.

Aladdin at Buxton Opera House

He will be joined by Buxton favourite Matthew Jay Ryan as Aladdin’s brother the mischievous Wishy Washy. Matthew is no stranger to Buxton and this is his fourth pantomime at the Opera House.

Aladdin is produced and designed at Buxton Opera House so all the right ingredients for festive celebrations are guaranteed. Expect a magical stage set, loads of songs, sparkling dance routines and non-stop laughter.

Aladdin at Buxton Opera House
‘Cinderella’ in 2019 at Buxton Opera House.

Paul Kerryson, Chief Executive, Buxton Opera House said: 

“Christmas is such an exciting time of the year and a trip to Buxton Opera House is just the perfect festive treat. Aladdin is one of the best loved pantomimes ever written with all the ingredients you need for a magical experience. Our pantomimes are ‘made in Buxton’ and as ever we’ve a great cast and fabulous costumes and scenery, so for a traditional treat for families and friends there’s no need to look any further. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful theatre for this wonderful Christmas celebration.”

Aladdin at Buxton Opera House

Aladdin is written by panto geniuses Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton, writers of pantomimes for a host of theatres including Liverpool Everyman, Derby Playhouse, Wakefield Theatre Royal, Oldham Coliseum and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Aladdin is directed by Sarah Ingram with costumes designed by Kate Unwin.

Aladdin opens at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 11th December 2021 and runs until Saturday 1st January 2022. 

Relaxed performance:
Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 5.30pm

BSL interpreted performance:
Tuesday 28th December 2021 at 5.30pm

Tickets are on sale now and priced from £18.50. 

To buy tickets and for more information call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

T: 01298 72190

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