TYNE THEATRE PANTO ALADDIN Review
TYNE THEATRE PANTO ALADDIN Review – Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Its that time of the year where the theatre becomes alight with Pantomime to entertain children and adults alike and this year, we had been invited to see the opening night of Aladdin at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House.
This year’s show has some star names in Marcus Collins (X Factor), David Easter (Hollyoaks) Nic Westaway (Home & Away) and stalwarts of panto Lewis Denny and Charles Richmond, and also Hannah Wales of whom won a local search competition to play the lead of Jasmin.
This show was fun, in parts silly, and had plenty of one liners that constantly had me laughing, it had jokes for the children and a few for the adults. It had plenty of audience interaction and of course the goodies, baddies and the obligatory ‘oh yes it is’, and ‘its behind you moments’. Name drops of sponsors, local areas and a little mickey taking out of Sunderland which seemed to go down very well!
The casting brilliant across the board, David Easter brought the evil in this version brilliantly as Abanazar, Maybe it was his previous evil exploits in Hollyoaks that prepared him for this role, and I loved his constant questioning of us all ‘Do you love me?’ which always had a chorus of boo’s in response. His highlight though coming in a fabulous Elvis solo which had us in hysterics and one that makes sure he won’t be typecast as a bad guy in our books.
Nic Westaway was the charming and ever so good-looking Aladdin, of whom charms princess Jasmin – a great scene being sat on a wall serenading each other to Home & Aways theme Tune. Marcus Collins gave us a performance of Genie to resemble that of Will Smith, he had character, attitude and sass. Chris Casserly gave us all the flirting with Madam Twankey.
Hannah Wales is a star to look out for and what a voice she has. Lewis Denny comedic as ever in his role as Pc Pong but the stand out for me was Charles Richmond as Wishee Washee who has comedy down to a tee, his one liners, his portrayal of Aladdin’s slightly not as good looking and dafter brother was one that was great to watch.
The great part about this and had been commented by others is that it did not stick to the rigid storyline of Aladdin that you may have seen in the recent remake or the original. However took the key elements and ensured they stayed true. It had included modern songs of pop culture that we all knew and sang along too that were not out of place either, placed the setting of the play elsewhere and integrated the addition of mum and brother to tremendous effect.
A fun showing for everyone in attendance Adults and Children alike. I definitely recommend a visit between now and the new year for a night of great entertainment. Congrats to Enchanted Entertainment, Tyne Theatre panto, Tyne Theatre and Opera House and all the ensemble cast who put together a great production. The first panto i had been to in twenty years and genuinely loved every second of it.
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