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Aladdin : The Story

The Background to 'Aladdin'

Chinese AladdinThe story of 'Aladdin' is often seen as a Arabian one, but the original Aladdin was an impoverished young ne'er-do-well in a Chinese town. No Arabic source has been traced for the tale, which was first incorporated into the book Les Mille et Une Nuits (The Thousand and One Nights) by its French translator, Antoine Galland, who heard it from a Syrian storyteller from Aleppo. It was brought from Aleppo to Paris by Paul Lucas, a celebrated French traveller. In fact, the story is set in China, and Aladdin is Chinese. However, most of the people in the story are Muslims and, although there is a Jewish merchant who buys Aladdin's wares, there is no mention of either the Buddhists or Confucians you might expect in a Chinese story.

In the United Kingdom, the story of Aladdin was first dramatised in 1788 by John O'Keefe for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. It has been a popular subject for pantomime for over 200 years. The latest dramatisation is the Pilton 'Aladdin' adapted and directed by Lee Smith.

Aladdin the Pilton Panto - Synopsis

Aladdin and the GenieA long time ago in China, Widow Twankey ran a laundry with two sons Wishee Washee and Aladdin. Wishee was not very clever and Aladdin had dreams of a higher calling. The business often struggled to stay afloat. Aladdin was always up to high jinx, messing around in the market square and chasing the ladies. One day a princess comes into his view, and she changes his life forever. Meanwhile, in the land of the Pharaohs, an evil wizard has plans for Aladdin himself. According to prophecy, Aladdin is the only person able to secure the magic lamp for Abanazer. When the Genie is out of the bottle, the adventure begins!  

 

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