King's Lynn panto with a Twist (and Pulse)
If the addition of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions winners Twist and Pulse wasn’t enough to convince audiences that this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, at King’s Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange had stepped up a notch, then just a few minutes into the production would have been enough to assure them.
This Jordan Productions take on the classic tale is set in Peking in China, where Aladdin (Lisa Mathieson) is hoping to see Princess So-Shi (Divine Cresswell) - who the public are forbidden from setting eyes on - for the first time.
The charming and multi-talented Mathieson, whose quest will see the character retrieve a magical lamp and ultimately save the princess, has so much to do in this jam-packed production but she pulls it all off with ease.
A number of highlights come from the popular panto comedy duo Scott Cripps as Wishee Washee and Ian Marr as Widow Twankey - a scene they share with villain Abanazaar (Steven Pinder) based on wordplay had me in stitches.
As I’ve alluded to, Twist and Pulse, aka Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy, who play PCs Hip and Hop, also help make this the high-quality production that it is.
It’s clear to see why they won this year’s BGT: The Champions show, especially when they have the chance to showcase their dance skills in one particular routine.
Raquel Jones (Genie of The Ring) and Miguel Angel (Genie of The Lamp) also do their fair share, and they shine when they display their vocal talents.
A mention must also go to the ensemble, the dancers, the band and the team behind the scenes - without them it is clear this production would not have been possible - and as always, the set and the costumes are wonderful.
With outstanding dance numbers (choreographed by Twist and Pulse), side-splitting comedy moments, and fantastic production - lasers, magic and pyrotechnics - Aladdin might just be one of the best pantos I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen my fair share).
It may feel unique in terms of its quality, but all of the most important and recognisable components of a panto are not forgotten - there’s plenty of opportunities for audience participation, to boo the villain, and of course, there’s also an ‘it’s behind you’ moment.
Aladdin continues its run at the Corn Exchange until Sunday, January 5, 2020.
To book tickets, visit kingslynncornexchange.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01553 764864.