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Aladdin panto to stream online after its run at Dublin’s National Stadium was cancelled

Alan Hughes, directs and plays Sammy Sausages in 'Aladdin' at the National Stadium. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

Alan Hughes, directs and plays Sammy Sausages in 'Aladdin' at the National Stadium. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

Eugene Masterson

ALAN Hughes has announced his panto Aladdin will now be streaming online after its run at Dublin’s National Stadium was cancelled.

The Virgin Media presenter and his husband Karl Broderick were forced to pull the plug on their panto due to growing concerns about omicron and a possible outbreak among cast members.

Aladdin was one of a string of pantos in the capital forced to halt their run due to the pandemic, including the Little Mermaid in the Gaiety and Polly and the Beanstalk in the Olympia.

But Alan has now revealed that Aladdin will be streaming into homes from December 31 to January 9.

“Luckily we filmed Aladdin early in the run, on the Gala opening night in fact, which was attended by Una Healy, Donal Skehan, Brian Dowling, Tommy Bowe, Laura Woods, Rory Cowan, Mary Byrne and Twink among a host of others who then raved about the panto online. It really feels like you are at the live show, mistakes and all. I even found myself shouting ‘Oh No You Don’t at the screen’”, said Karl.

Aladdin stars J ake Carter in the title role with Alan Hughes and Rob Murphy as Sammy Sausages & Buffy. Johnny Ward is baddie and Paul Ryder as Sparkles.

“We are heartbroken that we had to pull the show and we are so thankful that we got it professionally filmed. The cast themselves have got to watch their own show; which rarely happens, and we are all so happy that it can have a new lease of life, it’s just so good. The script is hilarious and the cast are shining…you can see everyone was loving it and that happiness is infectious”, said Alan. “”At 20 euro for the whole family to gather together and watch it, we hope people will appreciate it and love it”

  • Streaming online from Dec 31st to Jan 9th at www.panto.ie €20.


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