• An oriental tale that has been a favourite subject for pantomimessince the late 18th century. The poor Aladdin obtains a magic lamp, whosegenie will comply with any request. Aladdin has a splendid palace built and marriesthe daughter of the sultan of China, but loses the lamp when his wife unwittingly disposes of it to a wicked sorceror. As a result both palace and wife are transported to Africa. Aladdin subsequently recovers the lamp and returns with his wife to China, where they live happily ever after. H. J. Byron's 1861 version was the first to name Aladdin's mother Widow Twankey and the wicked magician Albanazor.