Aladdin – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto review at City Varieties Music Hall Leeds
So the Rock ‘n’ Roll pantos are proving to be very successful, and the first of its kind hits Leeds’ beloved City Varieties Music Hall since the re-opening of the theatre following a £9.9 million refurbishment.
The famous story of Aladdin is kept faithful for the most part, with whimsical embellishments of traditional Christmas panto antics throughout.
A heady ensemble of multi-talented actors head this performance, all able to play an instrument or two, churning out favourite sing-a-long hits, with a few recent numbers to keep the show fresh. Some popular and familiar faces appear here – Matthew Daines is the highlight as sexually frustrated Widow Twankey, dominating the panto from her first line. Johnson Willis as the evil and ugly sorcerer, Abanazer, has an almost Voldemort-like quality, while a prancing, saxophone-playing monkey in the form of Cuddles is a treat to watch for anyone.
An endearing quality is brought by the local gags, keeping it relevant. And slapstick silliness abounds, making the comedy both delightfully innocent and devilishly dangerous, in this otherwise fun-filled family caper.
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, December 20-January 8
- Peter Rowe
- Vik Sivalingam
- Peter Sandeman
- Cast includes
- Dan de Cruz, Sarah Mahony, Matthew Daines, Johnson Willis
- Running time
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