vokins@home, the well known Sussex based retailer of beds, mattresses, duvets, quilts and pillows are thrilled to be sponsoring the Christmas Pantomime, Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Brighton this year. This is the very first time the historic Theatre Royal has had a sponsor for a show.
The first stage version of Aladdin was seen in London’s Covent Garden in 1788. This was followed by a comedy musical version of the tale in 1813 starring the famous English clown Joseph Grimaldi. At the time people in Britain were fascinated by China and the Orient and as a result, the story of Aladdin developed into a far more Chinese tale than the original and has remained that way ever since.
Aladdin stars Kevin Kennedy who for many years played the lovable Norman ‘Curly’ Watts in Coronation Street. Initially he was signed for 3 episodes, but was such a hit with the viewers that he stayed on the Street for 21 years.
We got to meet Kevin and the cast at the press launch. He was great company and we sat talking about his first love, football and in particular Manchester City. I thought this could be an in to supplying them with beds, mattresses, duvets, pillows and bedding as we already supply a lot of the Brighton & Hove Albion players.
The Theatre Royal, Brighton have been wonderful to work with and everyone working for vokins@home has been to the pantomime and had the opportunity to meet the cast and have photos taken with them.
Make sure you visit the show which runs from 11th December 2003 to 18th January 2004 and watch out for the very special offers coming through the post from vokins@home.
vokins@home looks forward to working with everyone at the Theatre Royal for many years to come.