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Aladdin review at Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

This version of the three-wish magic lamp comes from the creators of TV’s The Tweenies, so no surprise that they give they give the youngsters exactly what they want. There are knock-about Keystone Kops, a messy slosh scene involving a volunteer from the audience, a quite delightful elephant, a high flying magic carpet and much more besides opportunities for shouted responses. It all makes for feel-good family entertainment.

Chris Corcoran is a laid-back Wishee Washee, whose casual asides continually amuse, while his dealing with the children who venture on stage is masterly. The ever-popular Tony Wright as Widow Twankey is into everything, displaying his versatility as well as some eye-catching costumes. The authoritative Abanazar of Chris Morgan is not at all the usual hiss and boo villain.

Against the trend, director Steve Boden opts for a traditional female principal boy in the title role, the spirited Jamie Lee Mason, well partnered by the pretty, petite Princess of Robyn Lee. Vern Griffiths proves a real treat as a comical fast-talking Genie, with support from Jessica Sandry as So-Shi and Jennifer Wallen as the Spirit of the Ring. Music and lyrics are by Liz Kitchen and the musical director is Matthew Loughran.

Production Information

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, December 13-January 4

Authors
Iain Lauchlan, Will Brenton
Director
Steve Boden
Producer
Wish Theatre
Cast includes
Chris Corcoran, Tony Wright, Chris Morgan, Vern Griffiths, Jamie-Lee Mason, Robyn Lee, Jessica Sandry, Jennifer Wallen
Running time
2hrs 30mins
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