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REVIEW: Aladdin at Norwich Theatre Royal




Within mere minutes of this year's Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime, Aladdin, I was beaming from ear to ear.

That facial expression didn't change much throughout the production, until the inevitable 'boos' for the villain came, of course, and I'd be confident in saying most of the audience were the same.

With beautifully decorated sets, magical moments and fantastic song and dance routines, this take on the classic tale is pure panto perfection.

Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049765)
Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049765)

As is often the case, Richard Gauntlett as pantomime dame Widow Twankey and Ben Langley as Wishee Washee were the highlight of the production, with their incredible ability to make people of all ages howl with laughter.

Be it clever tongue-twisters, physical comedy, or just simply hilarious gags, they are a formidable double act who really hiked up the energy levels.

Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018 - Ben Langley as Wishee Washee, Richard Gauntlett as Widow Twankey and Steven Roberts as Aladdin. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049767)
Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018 - Ben Langley as Wishee Washee, Richard Gauntlett as Widow Twankey and Steven Roberts as Aladdin. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049767)

Steven Roberts, Anna Hannides and Kiera-Nicole Brennan are charming in their respective roles as Aladdin, Princess Willow and the Genie, while Rik Makarem is a convincing baddy as Abanazar and Alexander Delamere is the protective but ultimately relaxed and holiday-obsessed Emperor.

Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018 - Kiera-Nicole Brennan as The Genie_Steven Roberts as Aladdin_Anna Hannides as Princess Willow and Rik Makarem as Abananzar. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049774)
Theatre Royal Norwich Panto 2018 - Kiera-Nicole Brennan as The Genie_Steven Roberts as Aladdin_Anna Hannides as Princess Willow and Rik Makarem as Abananzar. Photo Simon Finlay Photography (6049774)

Praise must also go to musicians, panto babes as adorable pandas, ensemble and crew members who make it the magnificent show it is.

Despite the joke aimed at Lynn, I'd go so far as to say this is one of the best pantos I've ever seen, and I've seen my fair share.

Aladdin runs at Norwich Theatre Royal until January 13.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.

Rebekah Chilvers



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