THE ICONIC PANTO

IS AT ITS VERY BEST

THE ICONIC PANTO

“You won’t be seeing stars not in this pantomime”, quips the Princess and how right she is.

There’s  no big names  or X Factor acts in this production,just an energetic, young talented cast that turn the traditional tale of Aladdin into pantomime at its very best.

With clever staging, a chocolate box fairy-tale set, glittering costumes and simple, but very effective effects Aladdin engages its audience from the opening moments.

One of the secret’s of its success lies with its cast of actor musicians who waste no time in developing a great rapport with the audience in  the intimate atmosphere of this historic old theatre. Full of audience participation you can cheer the goodies, hiss the baddie and shout  until you are hoarse  and that’s what pantomime is all about.

There’s all the old running gags that are as old as the hills juxtaposed  with  references to Meghan Markle and Harry plus a copious amount of slapstick yet the story never strays from the traditional tale of the Arabian Nights

As Aladdin, Alex Wingfield’s infectious personality brings warmth and vitality to the role coupled with a great singing voice. Grace Lancaster as the Princess blends beautifully into the story  and she and Wingfield are a real ‘dream team’

Justin Brett’s Widow Twankee is raucous, garish and in your face with just the right amount of sophistication and innuendo and teams well with Kenny Davies’s nice-but-dim Wishee.

In Dan Bottomley’s Abanazer we have a baddie who is guaranteed  not to frighten even the smallest child  – in fact he could do with being a tad more wicked!

Aladdin’s music  appeals to everyone from tiny tots to grannies as they can clap, sing and dance to it, but most of all it has  an  enormous Christmas feel good factor

Runs until 7 January

Liz Coggins is a member of the Critics Circle

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