Latest news / 20 February, 2018



Following the phenomenal success of last year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, the King’s, Glasgow has announced that the doyenne of Scottish panto Elaine C Smith will star alongside the hilarious Johnny Mac in Aladdin from Saturday 1 December 2018, continuing the comedy partnership which delighted thousands of theatregoers last Christmas.

One of Scotland’s best-known actresses and comedy entertainers, Elaine C Smith has starred in numerous roles in popular television and theatre shows throughout her career. From television shows City Lights, Naked Video and Rab C. Nesbitt to stage appearances as Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Elaine can currently be seen in the third series of the critically acclaimed BBC Scotland sitcom Two Doors Down as Christine. She will return to the King’s later this year to star in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical from 30 April.

Glasgow’s First Lady of hilarity will star as Widow Twankey alongside Johnny Mac as Wishee Washee.

Johnny made his King’s debut in Sleeping Beauty last year and the pair will now continue to create the magic and mischief which proved so popular in last year’s pantomime. The award-winning funny man has been starring pantomimes across the country for more than 15 years and regularly entertains across the globe on cruise ships and in holiday resorts. He has performed summer seasons at the famous Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth for the past eight years. Johnny also plays one-half of Francie and Josie in a critically-acclaimed tribute to Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy.

The King’s Theatre pantomime will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, for the second year.

Packed with all of the traditional ingredients King’s Theatre audiences have come to expect, Aladdin will be sparkling with laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Michael Harrison, Qdos Entertainment’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be reuniting Elaine and Johnny in Aladdin this year, having forged such a fantastic comedy partnership at the King’s last Christmas. Not only are they both brilliantly funny, they are both perfect pantomime performers who know how to entertain and captivate audiences of all ages. We’re already busy working on Aladdin so King’s audiences can expect even more laughter and special effects in this year’s production”.

James Haworth, Theatre Director at the King’s, said: “We are thrilled to welcome back Elaine and Johnny to the King’s this year. Their on-stage chemistry is brilliant and they had the audience in a never-ending fit of giggles during Sleeping Beauty. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year. Roll on December.”

Featuring a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and the timeless tale of the Twankey family, hop aboard a flying carpet to the box office today to book this genie-us family pantomime.