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Aladdin review at Playhouse Weston-super-Mare

Paul Holman Associates again scrimps on nothing in spectacle or production values for this year’s Weston-super-Mare pantomime, assembling a generous cast of nine principals and five dancers, along with a number of lavish scenes. All the traditional ingredients are on display and the only weakness is the predictability of the comedy quotient. The show is more than half an hour old before there is any sign of originality with an hilarious version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, although matters do improve after the interval.

Headliner Peter Amory, a veteran of TV soaps and drama, strolls too casually through the role of Abanazer to be really villainous, while two other familiar soap exiles in Bindya Solanki as the Princess and Peter Hillier as Aladdin are disappointingly under-employed.

The comedy routines of John Pickard’s Wishee Washee, Peter John’s Widow Twankey adn Peter Cutler as the Emperor are professionally put across but carry only the occasional element of surprise. It is left to Joseph Gatt to bring a commanding presence to proceedings as an impressive Genie of the Lamp.

As always, plenty of sparkle from this Paul Holman production but this time not the spark to accompany it.

Production Information

Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, December 18-January 11

Paul Holman, Gordon Jay, Robert Marlowe
Peter Benedict
Paul Holman Associates
Cast includes
Peter Amory, Bindya Solanki, John Pickard, Peter John, Peter Hillier, Joseph Gatt
Running time
2hrs 25mins

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