ALADDIN & HIS WONDERFUL LAMP
Written by Henry Marshall
Directed by Robert Chetwyn and Donald Mackechnie
Ian McKellen in the role of Tee Vee
Arts Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk
26 December 1962 - 12 January 1963
Words from Ian McKellen
In my first (and only thus far) pantomime, I played Tee Vee a very unfunny comic Chinese policeman, three times a day during Christmas week. Marti Webb (Princess Badroulbadour) sang better than the rest of us put together and later starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.
To get from one side of the stage to the other, involved a journey behind the back wall of the theatre. Which explains why a number of us had snow melting off our headgear in the Market Place of Pekin.