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.
Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, December 13-January 4
- Iain Lauchlan, Will Brenton
- Steve Boden
- 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