Aladdin at the Kenneth More Theatre is the perfect Christmas event for all the family. The show is a pure spectacle with dazzling sets and beautiful costumes which really absorbs you into the show. I laughed from start to finish and I thought there was just the right amount of audience interaction (although the poor man who Widow Twanky set her sights on may disagree!)
When I go to a pantomime I have a checklist of what I think makes a pantomime good or not:
- Is the story interesting?
- Do the sets look magical?
- Are there plenty of jokes? (For everyone!)
- Would I like to wear all the costumes?
- Would I go back and see it again?
One: Is the story interesting?
Absolutely! We all know the story of Aladdin and sometimes that means that when you go to see a pantomime there might be occasions where you switch off because you know what’s coming. I can tell you that did not happen with this show. The writing has enough twists on the timeless tale that you relax into a familiar story but don’t feel like it’s predictable. The cast also do a fabulous job of keeping you engaged and adding small lines or jokes that keep you on your toes.
Two: Do the sets look magical?
This year’s sets are absolutely wonderful. The detail (and glitter!) really bring a whole other dimension to the show. They are so delightful to look at that you get pulled into the story even more. And I don’t think I could say that it wasn’t magical given that there is a real-life magic flying carpet!
Three: Are there plenty of jokes? (For everyone!)
Most definitely! I laughed so much that I actually found my cheeks were hurting by the end. The little one-liners from the cast, the classic pantomime miscommunications and who could possibly leave out the chaotic rendition of “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”!
Four: Would I like to wear all of the costumes?
The costumes are stunning and I most definitely want to wear them all! They are a wonderful combination of being perfect for the story of Aladdin and perfect for a pantomime.
Five: Would I go back and see it again?
Yes, yes, yes! I can’t say I’ve seen many pantomimes that I would be so eager to go and watch a second time but this one was something special. One thing that made it extra special for me was that as a wheelchair user I often find I can only get involved in a tiny portion of the dance-a-long section. For the first time ever, this pantomime has a medley of brilliant dance songs such as the Superman song, Macarena, YMCA that meant that whatever your ability or mobility levels every single person could get involved.
I had such a good time watching this pantomime from start to finish and I will absolutely be going back to watch again. Hope to see you there!
Written by Molly Polden
To book tickets for Aladdin click here. The show continue at the Kenneth More Theatre until Sunday 8th January.