Theatre Royal, Windsor
4 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
Reviewed by Nealy Collins
Pantomimes are as traditional as mince pies in our household over the festive season and Theatre Royal's Aladdin entertained just like all its forerunners.
We had tickets for the opening night and the audience didn't need warming up, they were prepared to get involved and the cast did a great job of interacting with the usual 'oh no he's not, oh yes he is' chants alongside the cheesy humour you would expect.
Along with these Pantomime classics the tale of Aladdin has been modernised somewhat, swapping some of the Disney classics for the likes of Beyonce and Carly Jae Repson's 'Call Me Maybe' was performed brilliantly by the perfectly paired Aladdin and Jasmine.
Blue Peter's Peter Duncan was the star of the show in my eyes as the wonderfully wicked Abanazar with his husky evil voice and bold stage presence.
Britain's Got Talent stars 'Twist and Pulse' are perfectly cast as the Chinese Policemen but are overshadowed by the likes of Widow Twanky and Wishee Washee.
TV Star Basil Brush is an unlikely 'Genie', equally loved by the young and old audience members for his silly jokes and nostalgic sense.
My 5 year old son and his friend giggled all the way through the show, there was a balance of humour that was easy for them to understand, together with adult jokes that went straight over their heads.
Plenty of singing and dancing with music from a fantastic live band kept the whole show upbeat and engaging throughout.
Bright, sparkly fun, this is a feel good family show in a beautiful theatre setting. Definitely worth seeing!
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