Watch: “This is one of my best pantos, hand on heart” – Alan Montanaro

We go backstage at MADC's panto Aladdin.

What do you get when you combine a taste of the Orient with the MADC? Why… Aladdin the panto of course!

Newsbook.com.mt was given an ‘access all areas’ pass to the backstage of this year’s offering being staged at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali starring panto veteran Alan Montanaro who is back with a bang and a flourish and some wildly extravagant outfits.

Montanaro has not only penned the script for this year’s offering but he also returns to the stage in the show as the larger-than-life panto Dame.

Joining Montanaro on stage is a cast of more than 30 actors and dancers, including Stephen Oliver, John Montanaro, Alexander Gatesy Lewis, Jasmine Farrugia, Noel Zarb, Joseph Pavia, Karl Bartolo and Matthew Manfre. While fellow panto stalwart – and former Dame – Michael Mangion is directing, the show is choreographed by Francesco Nicodeme, with musical director Ryan Abela, and lavish costumes designed by Isabel Warrington.

MADC’s Aladdin will be performed at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali on the 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December 2019 and 3rd and 4th January 2020 at 7.30 pm, with matinee performances at 3.00 pm on the 26th, 28th, 29th December 2019 and 4th January 2020.