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Aladdin review at Theatre Royal and Opera House Wakefield

Chris Hannon is both pivotal and delightfully comic in this season’s Wakefield production.

Hannon also shows just how adaptable dames have become as pantomime evolves. His Widow Delilah Twankey is one of the best and most performance versatile I’ve seen and, as the song goes, there is nothing like a dame.

There are no big name cast members in the show, but there is impressive scenery and a ghost gag with a difference in this well-paced, if a little wordy production.

Johanne Murdock as the Empress is an impressive baddie, as is the youthful and gung-ho Benjamin Brook as the eponymous hero.

Despite the skills of the cast, there isn’t quite enough “He’s behind you! Oh no he’s not! Oh yes he is!” action. Heavy on slow motion sword fights and dance routines, it would be nice to hear more noise coming from the packed house at this chocolate boxy, Matcham-built gem of a theatre.

Production Information

Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield , December 1-31

Sarah Nixon, Mark Chatterton
Matt Aston
Cast includes
Benjamin Brook, James Parkes, Lowri Walton, Johanne Murdock, Samantha Hull, Chris Hannon, Brian McCann
Running time
2hrs 20mins

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