LHK Productions and The Atkinson have announced Patsy Kensit as the star of their 2022 Christmas Pantomime, Aladdin.

The British icon, who started her film career at the age of four, will be granting wishes as The Genie of the Lamp at the Southport theatre in an action-packed festive production of the much-loved family friendly classic from Thursday, December 8th.

Aladdin tells the legendary rags to riches story of a Chinese street urchin who falls in love with a beautiful princess. Sent into the cave of wonders by the evil Abanazar to fetch an old oil lamp, Aladdin soon discovers its home to an all-powerful Genie, which he unintentionally releases with a rub of the lamp.

Director of LHK Productions Lee Kelly said: “We cannot wait to return to The Atkinson this Christmas and working with Patsy Kensit is a real dream come true. The whole panto cast & crew are so excited to start rehearsals and to bring some festive fun to Southport for another year running.

“Patsy is a huge asset to this year’s production, and we can’t wait to watch her bring the beloved Genie to life.”

With a long list of Hollywood roles to her name, including The Great Gatsby and Lethal Weapon 2, the multitalented star topped the charts in the 1980s with her pop band, Eighth Wonder and their three popular hits Cross My Heart, Baby Baby and I’m Not Scared.

As a staple on our TV screens in the 00s, Patsy has starred in some of the nation’s favourite soaps including Emmerdale and Holby City and was more recently seen joining the open-top bus procession on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee alongside fellow British icons such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

As a source of inspiration to many, she is now a motivational speaker and writer and currently lives in London. She has two sons who she believes are her greatest achievements.

Patsy said: “I’m really looking forward to taking to the stage in Southport and having lots of fun with my fellow cast members. It’s set to be a fantastic show for all the family and I’m excited to don my costume and transform into The Genie of the Lamp to grant some special wishes this festive season.”

Joining Patsy on stage in this year’s show is a fabulous cast of panto pros, including Merseyside dancer and actor Dominic Gore, who’s set to charm audiences as the quick-witted hero Aladdin, talented singer Mia Molloy playing the beautiful Princess Jasmine and Southport’s very own Tom Burroughs, who will deserve all of the boos as he embodies the primary antagonist, evil Abanazar with his malevolent mind and wicked games.

Pantomime regulars, the hilarious Michael Chapman and Lewis Pryor, will captivate audiences once again and have them laughing out loud as Widow Twankey & Wishee Washee and local broadcaster Claire Simmo will dazzle as the Spirit of the Ring.

This year’s show will run from December 8th to the 31st and host a variety of accessible performances, from captioned shows to relaxed environments.

Marie Kenny, Programme Manager at The Atkinson added: “Welcoming families, friends, and panto enthusiasts alike into the theatre throughout the festive period is at the heart of our purpose here at The Atkinson. With the talent of our incredible cast, our aim is to take our audiences on a magical carpet ride and encompass a truly enchanting atmosphere which compliments the festive spirit of Christmas.”

Will Aladdin overcome the evil Abanazar and be free to marry his Jasmine? Will the Genie of the Lamp gain her freedom? Will Widow Twanky & Wishy Washy get the laundry done in time?


Go on a magical carpet ride at The Atkinson this Christmas in a panto extravaganza for all the family.



Aladdin: Christmas Pantomime, 8-31 December 2022

For more information, contact We Are Pink on 0151 909 2231 or

Tickets 2022

8 – 31 December 2022

Opening NightAll tickets £13. Thu 8 Dec. (No group booking discount.)

Adult (16+)£18 – £19.

Concessions£16 – £17. Available to Senior Citizens (Age 60+), students, registered unemployed, carers and children under 16. Proof of status required.

Family Ticket£59 – £63. Available for four people, minimum of 1 adult.

Groups of 20+All tickets £14. 1 in 20 go free.

Beat the queue and pre-order your Aladdin Show Programme (£3.50) and Kids Panto Packs (£8 includes a light-up toy and refreshments).

Accessible Performances 2022

We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable in our surroundings so please let us know if you have any specific questions about our accessible performances. You can find out more information on building accessibility at The Atkinson on our website here.


Captioned Performance – Wednesday 21 December: 6:30pm

We are working with Stagetext to provide this captioned performance. Stagetext are a deaf-led charity, passionate about making culture accessible to all. Captioned performances have text on screens at the front of the auditorium so that deaf and hard of hearing, or anyone that would like to read along, can also enjoy the performance.


Relaxed Performances – Wednesday 28 December: 2:30pm & 7:00pm

This performance is for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment in our Theatre. Feel free to move around, make noise and leave and re-enter as necessary. Adaptations will be made to the performance and low lighting will be kept in the auditorium. We also have a limited supply of ear defenders that you can borrow free of charge. Please download our Visual Story that clearly illustrates what to expect during your visit. We will be providing further information closer to the show date.

School Performances 2022

Tuesday 13 December: 10:30am
Wednesday 14 December: 10:30am
Thursday 15 December: 10:30am
Friday 16 December: 10:30am
Tuesday 20 December: 10:30am
Wednesday 21 December: 10:30am


£10 per pupil, teachers go free in the following ratios:


Nursery: 1 free teacher for every 2 pupils
Reception: 1 free teacher for every 4 pupils
KS1: 1 free teacher for every 6 pupils
KS2 and above: 1 free teacher for every 10 pupils


Posted on 7 September 2022 under General news, Theatre & Studio

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