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Aladdin at the New Theatre

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I really look forward to our annual trip to the New Theatre for the pantomime, and now our son is getting older (he’s 5) it’s becoming more and more exciting. Aladdin is one of his favourite Disney stories, so the countdown to panto has superseded his Advent calendar this year.
We were lucky enough to see last years’ panto and we loved it, so were more than happy to see the same cast (with the addition of some home bred talent in the form of H from Steps) perform again.
Our son was hooked as the curtain opened to a frightful scene with the evil Abanazar setting the story. I have to say that Sam Kane is a much better baddy than last years ugly sister. This performance was fantastic, he was really scary. His wife Linda Lusardi was her usual glamorous self as Scheherazade. Gareth Thomas’ genie performance was also good, although I did struggle with the campness of his character this year. The outstanding performance of the night though was Mike Doyle who, in my opinion, really is the best pantomime dame ever. He was fantastic, his facial expressions, Welsh accent and general gestures were out of this world, as were his wigs! (Even when one fell off during a funny scene) I really loved how they brought Aladdin into 2015 with current music including songs from artists such as Jess Glynn, yet they also included some good old Steps classics such as ‘tragedy’.
The best jaw dropping moment has to be the amazing flying carpet- that somehow actually did look like it was flying. It left our son bemused and neither my husband or I could answer the ‘but how?’ questions on the way home!
As always this was a brilliant festive pantomime, it got us all in the Christmas spirit and I’m loving how our son is growing up looking forward to the pantomime night in the New Theatre, which as always was the perfect picture book venue. Can’t wait to see what Christmas 2016 will bring already!
Words by Christina Atkinson