Media Release: Local boy, David Rankine, on a ‘magical carpet ride’ at Eden Court This Christmas


EDEN Court are delighted to announce David Rankine will be playing the title role in their spectacular family pantomime, Aladdin, this Christmas.

This will not be the first time that David, who is from nearby Elgin, has appeared at Eden Court having been part of the touring production of Over the Rainbow – The Eva Cassidy Story.

David says: “I am very excited indeed to be playing Aladdin in a fantastic theatre like Eden Court. I love panto and Aladdin is my favourite one! It will seem strange having seen pantomime at the venue to now be on stage in it but I can’t wait!

“I have appeared in pantomime before, as Prince Charming in Cinderella, but Aladdin is going to be a lot different to that. He is a lively, fun, cheeky chap who gets in to lots of mischief. I am especially looking forward to having a go on the flying carpet.”

David has had a busy year so far having been in Stratford-Upon-Avon appearing as Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Dell, as well as spending two weeks developing a new theatre project, The Library, with Frozen Charlotte productions.

David also spent three months using his knowledge of performance working as a drama workshop specialist with Out of the Darkness Theatre Company who work with adults with learning disabilities who wish to be involved in the theatre.

Steve Boden, managing director of Imagine Theatre, who produce the pantomime, says: “We are delighted to have David on board this year. We were very impressed with him when he auditioned and he is going to be great as Aladdin

“David will be starring alongside Greg Powrie as Widow Twankey and Ross Allan as Wishee Washee.”

The show runs from Tue 02 Dec 2014 until Sun 04 Jan 2015.

After the hugely successful Sleeping Beauty last year, tickets are already selling well so we suggest you book early to make sure you get the performances and seats you would prefer.

For more information or to book tickets call the Eden Court box office on 01463 234 234 or visit the website


For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact:

Teresa Bendoris – Eden Court –


Sarah Boden – Imagine Theatre –


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Notes to editors:

  • Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.

Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

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