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Aladdin Review

Aladdin Milton Keynes Theatre ReviewWith pantomimes these days you kind of know what you’re going to get; singing, dancing, slapstick humour, jokes, brash costumes, a baddie, maybe some flying thrown in and, of course, a whole heap of fun!

This year, Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre doesn’t disappoint. From the moment our baddie, Abanazar, (or ‘Have a Banana’ as one cast member calls him) first steps on stage the booing begins and the tone for the night is set with audience participation in abundance. The cast, on the whole, are very good…Ben Adams plays our main character Aladdin and although the plethora of chest hair doesn’t quite make him look boy-like – he is very good and sings the main songs to great effect.

Comedy comes in the fantastic shape of Gary Wilmot (Widow Twankey) and Kevin Orkian (Wishee-Washee) and they are both brilliant. Their comic timing is perfect and even when Gary’s wig fell off the laughs just kept coming. We also see the majestic Priscilla Presley as The Genie of The Lamp and we get a multitude of Elvis song gags thrown in which is to be expected. Wayne Sleep completes the main cast as The Genie of the Ring and a lively tap number towards the end proves he still Aladdin Reviewhas fast feet even at the age of 67!

However, the stand out part of the show is in the second half and oddly for a review we can’t talk about it – because it would totally spoil the very big surprise and a whole lot of hysterical laughter which came from children and adults alike. If you don’t laugh, there is something seriously wrong with you. All we will say, is that we will never look at a balloon in the same way ever again.

Get set this Christmas and New Year for a rip-roaring ride through Old Peking which is guaranteed to not leave you feeling Wishee-Washee.

Aladdin plays until 10 January 2016. Tickets available here: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/aladdin/milton-keynes-theatre/