Wed Dec 1–Thu Dec 30, 2021

The Magic Lamp

Panto is coming to the Presidio!
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Ages 5 and up.

An all-star team of theater icons is bringing panto to San Francisco this holiday season. Fun for the whole family, The Magic Lamp turns the classic children’s tale of Aladdin on its head with magnificent costumes, musical parodies, dance, magic, and over-the-top silliness. Join Aladdin, a bike messenger, and Jazz, the daughter of a successful tech entrepreneur, as they discover new love and ancient magic in modern day San Francisco. The Magic Lamp is brimming with humor, featuring work by Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedy writer and musician Mason Williams (Classical Gas, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and Saturday Night Live), and Musical Direction by Bill Keck (Beach Blanket Babylon).


Rotimi Agbabiaka
Sharon Shao
Danny Scheie
Renée Lubin
Genie of the Ring
Curt Branom
Widow Twankey
JM Appleby
Genie of the Lamp
Rinabeth Apostol
Matthew Kropschot
Scott Reardon

The cast also includes Ruby Day, Albert Hodge, Jen Brooks, Jaime Bardacke, Maggie Connard, Merrill Grant, Lauren Howard, Dian Sitip Meechai, Paul Renolis, Gary Stanford Jr., and Ryan Patrick Welsh. Keep scrolling down for more pictures!


Full Cast List and Bios


Creative Team

Executive Producer Peggy Haas has assembled a creative team including director Tamroz Torfeh, dramaturg Christine Nicholson, assistant director Vernon Lewis, co-playwrights Christine Nicholson and Luther Hanson, creative contributor Mason Williams, musical director Bill Keck, technical director Jeff Gregory, production manager Patty Ann Farrell, production designer Sean Riley, lighting designer Stephanie Anne Johnson, projection designer David Murakami, costume designer Alina Bokovikova and choreographer Stacey Printz.

Performances and Previews

Twenty-seven performances will be given December 1–31, 2021, including four discounted public preview performances on December 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Family Discounts

Families and friend groups of four or more will receive a Family Pack discount of 20%. (Discount automatically applied at checkout.)


What is panto?

Panto is a traditional British holiday entertainment that combines slapstick humor, one-line zingers, outrageous characters and send-ups of current events.


COVID-19 Safety

Ages 5 and up are welcome. All guests ages 12 and up must provide proof of vaccination. Masks are required at all times while indoors. For more information, please see the theatre’s Safety Guidelines.


Character Portraits


Wed, Dec 1 - Thu, Dec 30

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