Sinbad The Sailor

Sinbad The Sailor

With a tradition of featuring original music, hilarious audience participation and comedy for all ages, it’s no surprise that a Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime is one of the best in London.

With heaps of surprises along the way, join Sinbad and his friends on a voyage to mysterious places as they strive to successfully complete their perilous quest.


‘A deliciously evil baddie, good tunes and wisecracks galore — Kerry Michael’s panto is a riotous treat… my favourite panto of the season’

The Times


‘This year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime is a treasure. It's funny, smart, accessible and big-hearted… one of the most imaginative and entertaining pantos in London’
The Stage 


‘By the close, the audience are singing along and I am smiling broadly... a generous theatre that has presented a pantomime with a good heart‘

‘Full marks, and a handful of chocolate coins, to Stratford East for innovation’
Evening Standard

‘Stuffed with top drawer stagecraft, with high camp glee and great, glowing sets in bright colours… the TRSE panto remains enjoyably mad’
Time Out

‘Kamilah Beckles’s choreography adds extra sparkle to Kerry Michael’s fast-paced production… Stratford’s Sinbad is a fun night for all the family’
British Theatre Guide

‘Director Kerry Michael gives us the best bits of this lovely old genre of theatre… it’s a joy to see a line-up that truly represents everyone in this country’
West End Wilma

‘This glorious evening of delight manages to continually surprise and excite the audience whilst keeping to so much of panto tradition… the whole show is in the safe and wise hands of Director Kerry Michael. I am sure he is already planning yet more surprises for Rapunzel next year.’
Sardines Magazines

Please note that weekday matinee performances during school term-time are often attended by school groups – call our friendly box office team on 020 8534 0310 if you’d like any help choosing your seats for these performances.

If you have young children aged five or below, we recommend you sit in the Stalls or Dress Circle for the best view.

Access performances

Signed: 7 Jan 2pm and 7pm
Audio-description: 14 Jan 2pm
Captioned: 6 Jan 7pm
Relaxed Performance: 10th January 2017, 2pm

Sat 3 Dec 2016 7pm 
£2.50 tickets available for Newham residents (proof of address required), subject to availability

Running time: 2 hours 35 mins (includes 25 mins interval)

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Cast & Creatives

Book and Lyrics Paul Sirett
Music and Lyrics Wayne Nunes & Perry Melius

Director Kerry Michael
Associate Director Shelley Williams
Designers Harriet Barsby & Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer David Plater
Choreographer Kamilah Beckles
Musical Director Robert Hyman
Sound Designer Andrew Johnson
Animator Pete Bishop & Kevin Baldwin
Special Effects Scott Penrose
Fight Director Ian McCracken
Tap dance consultant Phillip Michael Thomas



Johnny Amobi plays Nurse. His theatre credits include Starlight ExpressMiss SaigonJoseph, Five Guy’s Named Mo, Notre Dame de Paris, Once On This Island and Dancing In The Streets (All West End). Alongside his West End credits Amobi has achieved success as a composer and featured artist. He also collaborated with producer George Martin on a concept album for the BBC.


Michael Bertenshaw plays Prince Naw-Ze Uzz. For Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bertenshaw has performed in various pantomimes including Robin Hood and Dick Wittington as well as The Hotel Cerise. Other theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe). For television his credits include The Crown, Miliband, Criminal Justice, Murderland, The Worst Christmas of My Life, Messiah III, William and Mary and The Brief; and for film, The Da Vinci Code, Flyboys, Bust, Another Life, Intimate Relations, Giving Tongue and Paper Mash.


Julian Capolei plays Sinbad. This production marks his professional acting debut.


Rina Fatania plays Green Genie Uzz. Her theatre credits include Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre Company UK & international tour), The Empress (RSC, The Swan Theatre), Dick Whittington and Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre & UK tour), Britain’s Got Bhangra, It Aint All Bollywood, Meri Christmas and The Deranged Marriage (Rifco Arts), Wuthering Heights, A Fine Balance, The Child of Divide and Strictly Dandia (Tamasha), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria) and Arabian Nights (Midland Arts Centre); and for film, Raabta, Mumbai Charlie and The Travel Londoner.


Ben Goffe plays Sultan. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC), Beauty and the Beast (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), The Threepenny Opera (Nottingham Playhouse /Graeae/ West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), Aladdin (New Victoria, Woking), Peter Pan (Liverpool Empire) and Dick Whittington (New Wimbledon Theatre); and for film, AmStarDam and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. In addition to this he portrayed the Michael Jackson character Mekill Hacksaw in the band Beatfreakz. They released two singles, Somebody’s Watching Me and Superfreak.


Alim Jayda plays Captain Greenbeard. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Annie The Musical (UK Tour), Britain's Got Bhangra, Break The Floorboards and Mummyji Presents (Rifco Arts), Blockbuster (UK tour), Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and Puss in Boots (Greenwich Theatre). His television credits include The Last Leg Takeover and Bremner, Bird And Fortune; and for film, Kismet Diner.


Josephine Melville plays Clanker. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Moon Over A Rainbow Shawl, Party Girls, Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Blaggers and Funny Black Women on the Edge. Other theatre credits include, Dick Whittington (Greenwich Theatre), Hair (Theatre Clywd), O Babylon and Unfinished Business (Talawa Theatre Company), Fruit Salad (Greenwich Theatre / Hackney Empire), Forty and Aladdin (Hackney Empire) and The Coup (National Theatre). Her television credits include L8R Youngers, Rapping at the Royal, Prime Suspects 2 and Downtown Lagos.  


Marianna Neofitou plays Princess. Her theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End),We Will Rock You (European tour), The Waterbabies (Curve), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Smurfs Live (International tour) and Peter Pan (Hazlitt theatre).


Gemma Salter plays Funky. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Come Dancing, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Other theatre credits include Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre, West End), The Taming of the Shrew (New Wimbledon Theatre); and for television, Rock and Chips and Call the Midwife.


Gabby Wong plays Sinbadda. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Takeaway. Other theatre credits include Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks Theatre), Volpone, Jew Of Malta and Love's Sacrifice (RSC), Numbers Of Memory/ Venuse Flytrap (Tamasha), Beat My Time Machine Skipped (Soho Theatre) and Othello (Shakespeare's Globe). 

Access Performances

Signed: 7 Jan 2pm and 7pm
Audio-description: 14 Jan 2pm
Captioned: 6 Jan 7pm

Relaxed Performance: 10th January 2017, 2pm

Relaxed Performances are specifically adapted performances of a Stratford East Show, designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

To book the relaxed performance either call the box office on 02085340310 or email



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