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Panto! Aladdin

Muddy intern Alice Ridsdale reviews Aladdin at the Leatherhead Theatre - and her verdict? It's a guaranteed good time. Oh yes it is!

All photos by Mark Turner

After riding my magic carpet to Leatherhead, I had the pleasure of watching Aladdin at the Leatherhead Theatre.

Written and directed by Tom Beard, who also played the evil wizard Abanazar, this rendition of Aladdin was the ultimate children’s crowd pleaser with flossing, songs from The Greatest Showman, and of course Baby Shark managed to swim its way in there. But, it wasn’t all smiles and giggles and things certainly turned dark when the evil Abanazar threatened to turn Pepper Pig into bacon!

In true panto style, Widow Twanky, Wishy Washy, Slave of the Ring, Genie of the Lamp and Princess Jasmine embarked on a journey together to help Aladdin beat the wicked villain Abanazar.

Princess Jasmine, played by X-Factor contestant Soheila Clifford and her counterpart Aladdin held up the performance on the singing front, delivering a beautiful duet of ‘Rewrite the stars.’

Lock away your husbands…Widow Twanky bought home the comedy with her love for Tina Turner impressions and wandering eye for the male species. When pantos much loved widow, searched the audience for a possible suitor, she was met by a sea of sheepish looking men, much to the rest of the audiences’ delight.

 

Shaking things up a bit from the traditional panto characters, the Slave of the Ring was played with the sort of sassy attitude that could gain her a place on the cast of The Only Way is Essex. This bundle of energy was the ultimate queen of the hash-tag.

If you’ve got little ones who enjoy all things bubbles, flossing and making a lot of noise… then this panto is a guaranteed good time.

Aladdin is at Leatherhead Theatre until Sunday 30 December. theleatherheadtheatre.com

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