Aladdin - New Wolsey Theatre Our review!
Reviewed by Sarah Tchorzewski
There’s nothing new about the well-known tale of Aladdin and his escapades with a princess, a baddie and a magic lamp (complete with genie). But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new about this performance. If you haven’t been to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich before, then you will be pleasantly surprised by this musical twist on the pantomime genre. And if you have been before, then you will be happy to know that the tried and tested formula hasn’t changed radically, although the songs, costumes and gags have of course been updated.
Kids and adults alike will be amazed by the array of acting, singing, dancing and instrumental talents in this show. The cast is small but each actor demonstrates the breadth of their skills throughout the performance, from Cuddles the monkey on the trumpet, a sax-playing princess and a drumming emperor, through to Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey and the perfectly wicked Abanazer all playing guitar. If you have trouble motivating your child to take up or practise a musical instrument, the enjoyment exuded by the performers in this show could be exactly the sort of inspiration they need.
If you needed any further persuasion, the visual impact of the show is equally impressive and certainly enough to keep the attention of younger or less-focused audience members. The set design is clever and the costumes in this pantomime are fabulous, including a stunning sparkly genie and some very bling threads for Aladdin. Widow Twankey’s unique personal style, like her quirky personality, can also not go unnoticed - keep an eye out for the noodle-hat complete with chopsticks!
Of course if you don’t want to snigger at naughty innuendos, and you don’t want your kids giggling at fart jokes, then panto probably isn’t for you. But if you can see yourself enjoying those guilty pleasures, pulled together in an amazing showcase of some of the best-known pop and rock songs performed by an outstanding, multi-talented cast of performers, then it’s safe to say you should grab yourself some tickets before they all sell out because you will not be disappointed. Christmas panto only comes round once a year and before you know it… it’s behind you!