Take your pick of magic panto performances at local venues

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THREE TV stars will be making special appearances in Milton Keynes Theatre’s Aladdin, which looks like being its biggest, best and funniest pantomime ever.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant, Anita Dobson and Camilla Dallerup are taking turns to guest as the magical Genie of the lamp.  

They join pop star Gareth Gates, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling and West End leading lady Nicola Brazil.

Astrologer Russell Grant appears as the Genie until tomorrow, Saturday. Former EastEnders star Angie Watts Anita Dobson takes the role from December 26 to 31.

Danish-born dancer Camilla Dallerup plays the Genie at all remaining performances except January 6, 7 and 14.

To book, call 0844 8717652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Northampton’s Royal & Derngate also has Aladdin as its panto this season, starring comedian Bobby Davro as Wishee Washee and children’s star Basil Brush as Chief Inspector Basil.

They are joined in a cracking production by multi-talented dancer, choreographer and Strictly star Brian Fortuna as Aladdin, and veteran performer Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi) as Widow Twankey.

The show is packed with all the traditional pantomime ingredients including plenty of laughs, a fabulous flying carpet, a magic lamp, a wicked uncle, an incredible genie and a beautiful princess. For tickets, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 624811.

At Aylesbury’s Waterside, Dick Whittington was described by Bucks Herald reviewer Adam King as “brilliant entertainment for kids and adults alike”.

Jonathan Wilkes stars as Dick and Gillian Wright (Jean Slater in EastEnders) plays the quirky Fairy Bow Bells. But Christian Patterson, playing the hilarious Sarah the Cook, steals the show, while Steven Serlin is a superbly creepy King Rat.

Box Office 0844 871 7607 or visit www.ambassadortickets.com/aylesbury

Mother Goose is on stage at the Oxford Playhouse stage and, according to the reviews, it’s a golden egg of a show, packed with heroes and villains, booing and cheering, plenty of panto mischief and a very magical goose.

Box office 01865 305305 or visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com