Take a step on a magical flying carpet and join the cast of eccentric – and fabulously dressed – adventurers as they go on a mission to save the kingdom from the evil, power-hungry Abanazar at Birmingham Hippodrome’s wild and wacky pantomime, Aladdin.
As expected with any good panto, audience interaction, extravagant musical numbers and innuendos were in large supply in the uplifting performance. The star studded cast includes 80s pop star, Marti Pellow; camp comedian, Julian Clary and reality TV breakout Lee Mead. They all worked brilliantly together to bring the well-loved fairy tale to life.
Of course, no pantomime would be complete without a flamboyant dame and a lovable village idiot. Andrew Ryan donned the tallest and most colourful wigs and hats as Widow Twankey in his 25th year of playing the Dame, and Matt Slack returns for his third performance at Birmingham Hippodrome as Wishee Washee, everyone’s favourite comic relief – lots of physical comedy, blue jokes and impressions ensue as the dynamic duo serve up plenty of laughter.
But the undisputed star of the show was Julian Clary. Amongst his glittering outfit changes and spectacular entrances, The Spirit of the Ring guided Aladdin, helped him win Princess Jasmine’s heart and got the gang out of a lot of tricky situations – while making sarcastic and witty jokes along the way, despite the fact that a lot of the children in the audience didn’t understand them!
Special effects wowed the audience as the gang flew over the theatre on a magic carpet, and 3D effects transported you into the evil Abanazar’s secret lair, filled with snakes, monsters and creepy crawlies that jumped out at you.
With such a wonderful ensemble, a great atmosphere and heaps of family fun, it’s no wonder that the Birmingham Hippodrome panto delights more than 100,000 theatregoers every year.
Aladdin runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until 31st January 2016. For more information and to book tickets, please visit http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com