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Review: Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith

This modern  take on Aladdin has everything you could ever wish for in an updated and rather fresh pantomime. Zingy one liners, great audience participation, fantastic vocals and somebody getting creamed in the face (behave!).

Beautifully artistic and child-like set designs lend a whole new dimension to the performance in front of you. Oh, and we can’t not mention the flying carpet. Though this is something you need to see to experience yourself.

Every member of this cast plays their part wonderfully. Audience interaction was at an all-time high with cheers and chorus’ crescendoing around the theatre; a testament to the skill of the cast in calling for it.

The infamous role of Widow Twankey [James Doherty] is placed well with topical and sometimes controversial one-liners that found applause and laughter from the crowd – including a few placed solely for the adults!

However, maybe controversially for us, the star of the show is actually baddie Abanazer [Vikki Stone]. Hilarious comedic intuition and timing with some of the best lines in the entire show left us in stitches when we probably should have been boo-ing. Now that’s a talent of it’s own and what makes for an amazing panto experience!

While vocals normally aren’t as important in a pantomime experience, we can’t help but call out Malinda Parris [Genie] and Allyson Ava-Brown [Jasmine] who took us all by surprise with breathtaking renditions of some rather famous pop-songs (we won’t spoil which ones!).

Kids were delighted with the impressive and captivating Wishy Washy [Arthur McBain] who’s control and enthusiasm with the audience was a big wow factor for us all. We of course, can’t forget the star of the show and everyone’s favourite, Aladdin [Karl Queensborough]. It was a rather shaky performance at the very start with a few minor slip-ups, but these were easily forgotten as we got further into the show; culminating in a thunderous round of applause as he was rescued and for his top of the class dance moves!

Lyric Hammersmith have put together an all round Christmas treat. With a bit of something for everyone, what better way to spend the holiday season than with a trip to the pantomime – and Aladdin is certainly worth the trip.

 GT gives Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith — 4/5


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