29 November 2014 to 18 January 2015
Reviewed by Gemma Gough
The pantomime at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh has been a tradition for lots of families for many years and judging by tonight’s packed audience, this is still very much the case. The theatre was buzzing as we awaited the start of the show.
Panto fans will recognise the cast – Allan Stewart is Widow Twankey, Andy Gray is Wishee Washee and local DJ Grant Stott is Abanazar. The trio are well known and loved for their yearly appearance at the King’s after seeing this it’s easy to see why. Princess Jasmine and Aladdin are played by Miriam Elwell-Sutton and Greg Barrowman and Lisa Lynch is as sparkly as her dress as the Slave of the Ring. There’s a super talented ensemble supplemented by some adorable dancers from Edinburgh Dance Academy.
The story of Aladdin is familiar to us all and this production stays true to that. The set design is fabulous, and the costumes even more so. There are brilliant special effects too; the magic carpet scene in particular drew gasps of delight from the audience. We enjoyed the clever use of lighting and we loved the enormous genie, commanding the stage with his somewhat bizarre Billy Connolly-esque voice.
This show has everything you’d expect from a pantomime – familiar songs and clever local references, a brilliant panto villain, puns galore, audience participation and lots and lots of laughs. Watch out for the hilarious ‘shirt short’ tongue twister and the fur charade was Stewart and Gray at their absolute best! The cast looked like they had as much fun as the audience and the whole of the King’s were on their feet at the end.
If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, do it now – this is not to be missed. It’s fabulously festive fun for all the family and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.
Tickets cost from £14 to £30 (plus £0.75 booking fee per ticket).
Aladdin is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until 18 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000