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Aladdin review at Lichfield Garrick Theatre – ‘top-notch comedy’

The cast of Aladdin at Garrick Theatre, Lichfield. Photo: Pamela Raith

The creative team behind last year’s hugely entertaining Sleeping Beauty [1] return to the Lichfield Garrick with a production of a similarly high standard.

Returning duo Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton as Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee have superb comic timing and their material, from the pen of Paul Hendy, is fresh and lively, though their biggest laughs come from that most delicious of panto treats: a truly messy, slippery, slapstick scene.

Spirit of the Ring Lizzie Wofford gets big laughs, too, not least from her exaggerated local accent, while towering Cameron Johnson makes his not inconsiderable presence felt as a genial Genie of the Lamp.

The production values are high throughout though the flying carpet scene is slightly undermined by the stage technician fitting the harness in plain sight before take off. The design, both scenery and costumes, are superb and Tim Ford’s production offers several surprises, including the appearance of a full-sized mechanical elephant.

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Verdict
Superbly designed, superior pantomime full of top-notch comedy

Production Information

Production
Aladdin
Venue
Garrick Theatre
City
Lichfield
Starts
November 30, 2017
Ends
January 6, 2018
Press night
December 5, 2017
Authors
Paul Hendy
Director
Tim Ford
Musical director
Dave Culling
Choreographer
Ashley Nottingham
Lighting
Mark Dymock
Sound
Martin Pritchard
Technical
Liz Porrett (company manager), Connie Watson (wardrobe)
Stage manager
Peter Jacobs
Production manager
Pete Orton-Brown
Cast includes
Sam Rabone, Ben Thornton, Cat Sandion, Adrian Bevan, Ian Billings, Robin Johnson, Lizzie Wofford, James Mitchell, Cameron Johnson
Producer
Lichfield Garrick, Evolution Pantomimes
Running time
2hrs 45mins