ALADDIN

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What would the fes­tive sea­son be with­out a Christ­mas pan­tomime? Thank­fully, it re­turns this year to Mad­i­nat The­atre with the story of Aladdin, re­told to au­di­ences from De­cem­ber 19 to 28. Ahead of the show, we had a chat with lead ac­tor Jor­dan Veloso.

How do you get into char­ac­ter for Aladdin?

I think Aladdin is a cheeky chap, very lov­ing and love­able and he wants to achieve some­thing big. Lucky for me, I’m very sim­i­lar.

What’s the best part about play­ing Aladdin?

Maybe the best part about be­ing able to play Aladdin is be­ing al­lowed to get away with things that no one else would.

Any other plans while you’re here in Dubai?

This is my sec­ond visit to Dubai, and my sec­ond per­for­mance at the gor­geous Mad­i­nat The­atre. We man­aged to see most of Dubai’s top at­trac­tions last time we were here, but I didn’t man­age to visit the top of the Burj Khal­ifa or go dune bash­ing, which I’d love to do this time around. What can we ex­pect from the show? Now that would be telling and ev­ery­one loves a sur­prise don’t they? All I can say is, the show will be lots of fun, and lots of fes­tive au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion!

If you had three wishes of your own, what would they be?

That’s a hard ques­tion. I have a large beau­ti­ful, lov­ing fam­ily who live on a tiny is­land called Guernsey in the Chan­nel Is­lands and I live in Lon­don, so my first wish would be to be able to live closer to them all. My sec­ond wish would be to make a law for ev­ery­one to laugh and smile at least three times a day and, my third wish would be to make burg­ers a healthy food!

De­cem­ber 19 to 28

aMad­i­nat The­atre, var­i­ous tim­ings, from Dhs120. dubaipanto.com

Jor­dan Veloso plays Aladdin

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