VIDEO: Eastbourne commuters get a festive surprise

Princess Jasmine surprises a passing commuter SUS-151215-125519001
Princess Jasmine surprises a passing commuter SUS-151215-125519001

Commuters from Eastbourne were in for a festive treat after being surprised by an impromptu Christmas panto during the evening rush hour last night (December 14).

The flash mob style performance of Aladdin was held at Brighton Station after Southern and Thameslink Railway partnered with Brighton’s Emporium Theatre to give commuters a Christmas surprise.

Part pantomime, part musical, the Arabian Nights performance saw the show’s cast in full song.

David Scorey, passenger service director for Southern said, “We wanted to surprise passengers with something festive and unexpected, and Emporium’s version of Aladdin was perfect for this.

“Christmas is a busy time as people use the trains to get to shopping and entertainment destinations as well as work, so what better way to celebrate and brighten up people’s afternoons than a live preview of the local pantomime.

“We are delighted to support and promote culture in the Brighton area.”

Passengers were treated to a performance of the show’s opening number “Bizarre Bazaar”, which saw the station momentarily transformed into a buzzing market scene.

Nathan Potter, theatre manager and choreographer at the Emporium theatre said, “We loved being part of such a fun event and we hope everyone will come along and see the full version of Aladdin. After all, we’re the only venue in Brighton producing and performing traditional panto.”

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