Aladdin, The Chinese Laundry Boy


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The often alarming story of Aladdin, his magic lamp and his mother's laundry, retold in thrilling, squeaky-clean (well, almost) detail. Marvel at the depth of Widow Twankey's voice; thrill at the story which inspired Wagner's Rinse Cycle; gasp as Aladdin's magic lamp gives new meaning to the words 'light entertainment'.

Repeated tomorrow 7.15pm

Comedy, page 7; Webwatch, page 41

[R4 BD=19991225]

Written by: Stewart Permutt

Written by: John Langdon

Written by: Bruce Hyman

Musical Director: Philip Pope

Drums and percussion: Nick Mason

Bass Guitar: Kevin Powell

Director: Bruce Hyman

Abanazzar (a really wicked sorcerer): Terry Jones

Grand Vizier (a former lawyer-turned-public figure): Clive Anderson

Empress of China (a very royal personage): Penelope Keith

Aladdin (a cheeky chappy): Tony Robinson

Princess Mah-Jong (the Empress's beautiful daughter): Jennifer Ehle

Wishee Washee (Aladdin's surprisingly thick younger brother): Tony Hawks

Widow Twankey (their mother, owner of Twankey's Launderette): Robbie Coltrane

Genie of the Ring: Lesley Joseph

Genie of the Lamp: Jeremy Hardy

Pekinese people: Cantate Youth Choir