Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Panto humour was in full flow last night at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow where Aladdin was spreading Christmas cheer. Aladdin was written by Alan McHugh and has a fabulous cast including Elaine C Smith as Widow Twankey Johnny Mac as Wishee Washee and Paul, James Corrigan as the Imperial Palace Guard.
Elaine C Smith became a household name through her portrayal of Mary Doll in Rab C Nesbitt and has since gone on to tour with many musical productions but returns to panto regularly.
Johnny Mac’s cheeky personality comes through loud and clear with his catch phrases ‘Hiya pals’ and ‘I’m enjoying myself’ delighting the audience.
Every panto needs a princess and in Aladdin that princess is Princess Jasmine (Frances Mayli McCann) who falls in love with Aladdin. He then has to rescue her from the baddie, the sorcerer, Abanazar (George Drennan) before they fall in love and live happily ever after.
Aladdin was set against a vibrant backdrop with exuberant costumes and big personalities. The King’s Theatre was packed last night with all ages young and old and many uniformed groups who enthusiastically interacted with the actors on stage… booing, shouting and of course singing along. Audience members took part with great humour, being the butt of the Smith and Mac’s jokes. The children invited up onto stage in the second act were great fun and Millie’s flossing has to get a special mention!
The King’s Theatre is located in Bath Street in the city centre of Glasgow, accessible from train and bus stations with car parking in the area. The theatre is traditional but comfortable, we were seated in the upper circle where the visibility was excellent.
No Christmas period is complete without a panto so get your tickets for Aladdin and don’t miss out!!
Tickets cost from £12 to £43 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Aladdin is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 1 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648