The main cast of this year’s pantomime. Picture: Matthew Usher
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REVIEW: Aladdin,
Sunday December 15 at the
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.
Running until Sunday, January 5.
Box office: 01553 764864

Review by Natalie Copeland

High-energy dancing, memerising light shows and plenty of slapstick humour – this superb show delivered everything and more from a pantomime.

Starring this year’s winners of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – Twist and Pulse, Aladdin felt bang up-to-date.

Dance duo Ashley Glazebrook (Twist) and Glen Murphy (Pulse), certainly brought a fresh energy to the traditional show with their characters PC Hip and PC Hop.

During the show, they treated the audience to a street dance routine which was certainly impressive.

It also brought something “cool” for the older children and teenagers, who may have felt a bit reluctant coming along to a pantomime.

The story, written by Chris Jordan, begins with villain Abanazar, strutting on stage boasting about his plans to get his hands on the magic lamp. 

Of course, he is met with plenty of boos, but actor Steven Pinder, is pretty convincing as the panto baddie.

However, there were so many laugh-out-loud comedy moments throughout the show which included plenty of puns and a few local-in-jokes.

One of my favourite scenes was Widow Twankey doing her laundry which saw the nations’s well-loved puppet Sooty make an unexpected appearance.

Director Ian Marr, who played Widow Twanky, returned to Lynn’s stage for the 10th year and was on fantastic form as ever and, his creative costumes never fail to make the audience chuckle.

Wishee Washee, Aladdin’s bumbling brother, proved to be a hit with the youngsters. The character, played by panto regular Scott Cripps, worked wonderfully well with his character’s mother, Widow Twanky. 

The pair owned the stage with their hilarious version of Abba’s Mama Mia.

There was strong support from Miguel Angel who funked-up the stage with his 70s disco-inspired character Genie of the Lamp. And Lisa Mathieson, gave a delighful performance as Aladdin and sung beautifully.

And speaking of music, the show’s version of pop songs fitted in well with  Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy sung in a mischievous way by Abanazer.

And the sound of Anne-Marie and James Arthur’s Rewrite The Stars added romance to the show.

Visually, the show was excellent with its dazzling light shows, bright backdrops and there was even a magic carpet ride in the twinkling night sky.

In my opinion, this year’s pantomime was Lynn’s best yet, it really has something for everyone, including those teens.

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