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Aladdin review at Swansea Grand Theatre – ‘lacks energy’

Scene from Aladdin at Swansea Grand Theatre

Despite some flashy costumes and a couple of impressive musical set pieces, this Qdos production of Aladdin takes a while to get going. It’s very much a show of two halves.

The first half is half-baked as it plods towards the interval and headliner Tony Maudsley gives a particularly half-hearted performance, capped off by a lazily lip-synched musical number.

But then the Benidorm star picks up the pace in the second act, and the rest follow suit. This injection of energy is exactly what the production needs and it makes for an enjoyable final half hour. Richard Roe’s choreography of the 12 Days of Christmas routine is particularly entertaining, and it’s here that we see Maudsley and panto dame Kevin Johns at their comedic best.

Matt Edwards, meanwhile, appears to be in an entirely different show. The Britain’s Got Talent performer commands the stage. His superb brand of comedy and magic is a real highlight.

Edwards’ performance aside, the lack of energy in the first half is a real issue. There’s a lot to enjoy in Michael Vivian’s production but it makes the audience wait for it.

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Verdict
Generally entertaining pantomime hampered by a flat first act

Production

Production
Aladdin
Venue
Swansea Grand Theatre
City
Swansea
Starts
December 15, 2017
Ends
January 14, 2018
Press night
December 15, 2017
Authors
Alan McHugh, Jonathan Kiley
Director
Michael Vivian
Choreographer
Richard Roe
Lighting
Chris Barrett
Video
The Twins FX
Stage manager
Matt Davies (production manager and company stage manager), Nicola Redfern (deputy stage manager), Cast:
Cast includes
Tony Maudsley, Kevin Johns, Matt Edwards, Dooby Duck, Earl Carpenter, Stefan Pejic, Luke Higgins, Daisy Twells
Producer
Qdos Entertainment
Running time
2hrs 30mins