This year, Cheltenham’s much loved panto is written and directed by none other than Blue Peter star and actor Peter Duncan. We just had to find out more…
Is this production going to be Aladdin as we know it, or can we look forward to some special Peter Duncan flourishes?
There will be an special effect magic carpet ride involving a young member of the audience, and Widow Twankey’s laundry has an Elon Musk feel to it – bonkers and cutting edge until it goes wrong!
We’re sure you’re aware that Tweedy is something of a legend in these parts. Are you looking forward to working with him, and are you expecting him to be a bit of a handful?
We are kindred spirits and lost in the sprawling mind of a naughty child. We will need some grown-ups to keep order.
What’s your favourite line from this production?
“All I want is the lamp, and once that is in my possession, there’ll be no more cheap tricks for me. I will have true power. Every living being will be under my control. And there’s nothing you lot can do about it.”
…and is there a particularly corny joke we can look out for?
“Widow Twankey, what a pleasure it is to gaze upon your beautiful visage. May I kiss your hand?”
“Why? Is my face dirty?”
As well as writing and directing, Peter, can we expect to see you treading the boards at The Everyman this time round?
I’m not in Aladdin I’m afraid, although I am playing a pantomime Dame in London in January at the Park Theatre. I hope to appear on stage at the Everyman again one day, though. Million Dollar Quartet was the last time I was here, and Birdsong before that… I shall be thinking about that on November 11 as it’s Armistice Day.
Are you looking forward to an extended period in Cheltenham, and will you have time for any Cotswold outings?
I’ll be busy at rehearsals until it opens and then back and forth until the final performance, so I won’t have much time to explore unfortunately.
Assuming you’ll get Christmas Day off – we certainly hope so! – what would be the perfect way of spending it?
Family, log fire and an obscure foreign film!
Peter Duncan; Phil and Charles with Tweedy the Clown and Peter Duncan on stage at the Everyman, Cheltenham