I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many pantos for Mini Travellers, but despite having seen so many over the years, Aladdin is up there in our top three easily! We were excited in the build up for this one as we knew it was going to be a good’un with the outstanding cast, and it did not disappoint.
Throughout the years, we’ve seen Tim Lucas and Lewis Divine perform in various pantos, but seeing them together as the Genie and Wishee Washee was just an absolute scream. There were times when I was wiping away the tears from laughter. The chemistry between them was brilliant, with some scenes led by improvisation. Watching them having a laugh off script but being able to flip back to the script was impressive, but also shows a real authenticity in their talent.
Liam Fox (Emmerdale) and Warren Donnelly (Shameless) add to a great cast as Abanazar and PC Shameless, with a supporting role from Leanne Campbell (Radio City) appearing on a large screen. Richard Aucott is fabulous as always as the panto dame, and Alex Aram and Jess Smith complete the ensemble as the leading characters, Aladdin and Jasmine. And I could never overlook the talent from the dancers, their performances bring the stage to life.
There is the inclusion of a 3D film that takes you on an adventure on Karen, the magic carpet. If like me, you don’t like spiders, it is worth turning away for some of this; I did have to ask my family to let me know when I could look as I hid!! You are provided with 3D glasses during the interval for this. It was brilliant, it really added something unique to the show.
As well as all of this, there was the usual incorporation of sing alongs and original tracks. Tim Lucas doing a Take That mega mix was the highlight of the show for me! By the end of the show he had the whole audience joining in with his dancing and singing; I’ve never known anyone who can work a crowd this much.
Aladdin is running in St Helens Theatre Royal from 2nd December 2023 – 14th January 2024. If you’re looking for a good Christmas night out for the family, this is an absolute must! Get your tickets here
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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