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Get Aladdin!

Published Thursday 13 December 2012 at 12:54 by Paul Vale

Within three years Above The Stag’s pantomime established itself as one of the modest successes of the London fringe. With their home in Victoria demolished earlier this year, producer Peter Bull has transplanted the successful format to the Landor, presenting this metrosexual take on the traditional Arabian Nights tale.

Authors Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper have once again crafted an astute satire that takes potshots at practically every sacred cow in the herd. Andrew Beckett’s shrewd direction ensures the actors roll with the punchlines and, despite the addition of musical numbers that add little except length, the pace never lets up.

Beckett is blessed with a strong company capturing the irreverent spirit of the piece from Josh Rochford’s glorious turn as a coquettish Widow Twankey, transported from a launderette on Clapham High Street to the Chinese province of Hao Hung, to Matthew Baldwin’s terrifying rogue trader, the sleazy Abanazar. Greg Airey as Aladdin and George Bull as Prince Char Ming delight as the strictly unconventional romantic leads, while Sarah Dearlove as the Genie and Toby Joyce as the Gimp provide the distinctly unorthodox mystical turns.

Candid, colourful and camp as Christmas can be, Above The Stag’s Get Aladdin! proves that it takes more than a bulldozer to put a winning team down.

Production information

Landor, London, December 12-January 13

Jon Bradfield, Martin Hooper
Andrew Beckett
Peter Bull, Above The Stag
Sarah Dearlove, Matthew Baldwin, Toby Joyce, Greg Airey, Lucy Gill, Elaine Holbrook, Josh Rochford, George Bull, Philip Lawrence
Running time:
2hrs 20mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014