Reviewed by Amy Adeliyi
We had the opportunity of attending the sell-out opening night of ‘Aladdin’ at The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth, and what a fantastic evening we had. The theatre was packed with couples, Brownie groups and extended families and you truly left the show feeling in the mood for Christmas.
The story is based around Aladdin (Daniel Slade) and his quest to meet princess Jasmine (Lucy Kane from The Voice) with whom he has fallen in Love with. Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee (children’s presenter Mike Goble) is the comedic sidekick and takes you through the story with the fantastic Jack Edwards playing Widow Twanky. Abanazar played by Boyzone’s Shane Lynch is the theatrical baddie who wants to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world with help from Dani Acors – The Spirit of the Ring. Abanazar sends Aladdin into the Cave of Mysteries to retrieve the Magic Lamp – which is when we meet Ben Ofoedu as the Genie who grants Aladdin his wish to become a rich prince to then marry Princess Jasmine. Abanazar then tricks Princess Jasmine into giving him the lamp and then transporting them to Egypt. This then led to Aladdin taking a magical ride on his carpet to save the Princess.
We were given 3D glasses as we entered the theatre and told that they would be needed in the 2nd half of the show. This was an added excitement for my children and they thoroughly enjoyed wearing them for this section of the show.
As it was their opening night there were a few slip ups and would have made fantastic bloopers with Abanazar forgetting his line and Widow Twanky getting the cue for him off stage, this however led to more laughter from the audience. My 5-year-old daughter loved Princess Jasmine and The Spirit of the Ring, and thoroughly enjoyed the casts dancing for the big showstoppers.
The highlight for my boys was the very energetic performance of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’, particularly the ‘3 Fratton Chavs’, so much so that they were singing what they could remember around the house this morning whilst getting ready for school.
The theatre itself was nicely presented and warm, the staff were really friendly chatting to the children before we took our seats. You could purchase snacks and drinks in the interval and before the show, including pre-ordering to save the long queues in the interval.
The theatre had merchandise that could be purchased before, during the interval and after the performance – including an array of flashing toys – Genie lamps, unicorn hairbands and swords. Along with the programme for the performance.
The panto was a fantastic night out for the whole family, as my pre-teens grasped some of the innuendos, but my younger daughter enjoyed the storyline and songs and dancing within the show. Looking around the audience throughout the panto, you could see the excitement from the younger children and the laughter from the adults, it was such a fun evening for all, mine cannot wait to go back for the panto again next year.
5***** from us
Tickets cost from £19 (booking fees may apply).
Aladdin is at The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth from 11 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets click visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on 023 9282 8282.
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 2QJ | 023 9282 8282