A family visit to any pantomime is a great way to enjoy your festive holidays. This year we opted to see the Salisbury Playhouse panto production: Aladdin. Here’s how we got on…
The excitement grew through the week for my son and I to head off to the panto this year, as we just could not wait to see Aladdin at Wiltshire’s Salisbury Playhouse theatre. The tickets had been booked for a while and it had been a few years since we had opted to see a festive pantomime, the last we saw was so great that we hoped to replicate this again. Let me tell you that this years show did not disappoint, in fact it blew the last show we saw to smithereens!
The auditorium was packed with a sell out show date, which is always a great sign and certainly adds to the exhilaration and merriment of the show. The crowds enthusiasm was teamed together with an amazing cast that all had their strengths and different abilities, giving all watching young and old, huge gratification for the performance.
The mix of music and songs were cleverly integrated into the story to give it a fresh, modern and upbeat vibe. Along with more innovative staging and costumes the budget felt like it had been blown for this year which meant that all who were consumed in the fable really were given a delight for the senses.
As ever we both had our favourite characters for the performance, where my son’s heart was taken, was by the Genie of the Ring. From the moment she stepped on stage he loved the comical science theory displays throughout and her bubbly-ness. For him, it was just a shame there was not more of her through the story. As always for me the star of the show was the Dame; Widow Twankey. Looks to the audience, topical gags and audience flirtation/interactions are the whole essence of a pantomime and this years Dame was one of the funniest I’ve witnessed. Great timing, humour and talent!
Highlights have to be the laundry slapstick scene, the superhero ping pong fight scene and as for Aladdin on the magic flying carpet, well that needs to be seen to be believed.
This pantomime ends on the 7th January 2017 and will leave a hole in your festivities this Christmas if you do not find the time to see this show. I’d urge you to book now before all show dates are sold out. We thoroughly enjoyed this version of Aladdin and will be back for sure, to enjoy another Andrew Pollard written Panto. Great work!
Book tickets here: www.salisburyplayhouse.com (before it too late!!)