ON VALENTINE’S Day, Aladdin’s simple tale – the young hero who falls in love with his princess – somehow seemed appropriate.
After a slightly hesitant start, this developed into a really good traditional pantomime, packed with corny jokes, slapstick comedy, visual humour, varied musical numbers (it’s not often that
G&S is found in panto!) and entertaining choreography.
It’s hard to pick out individuals in such a strong ensemble production, but lovely characters emerged, including magnificently evil Abanazar, cheekily charming Aladdin, endearing Widow Twankey, a
genial Genie and a great comic duo in Henchmen Hi and Lo.
First-rate direction ensured that the entire company performed strongly. The musical directors made fine debuts: the singing was good (if not great) with very clear diction, reasonably in tune and
Wonderfully designed and painted scenery, and terrific lighting, sound and special effects combined to produce a magical journey.