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Aladdin review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘Tweedy’s trademark tomfoolery’

Tweedy the Clown and company in Aladdin at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Photo: Antony Thompson/ Thousand Word Media

Brazilian professional circus clown Tiririca (it means Grumpy) has just won a seat in his country`s parliament for the third election in a row. Surely then there should be a similar role for Cheltenham pantomime star Tweedy in combatting the current gloom in the House of Commons.

As of now, the flame-haired clown is taking a short sabbatical from Giffords Circus for the seventh year running to set out his laughter manifesto in his home town pantomime Aladdin at the Everyman. This year the show`s writer and director is former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, and he gives Tweedy a largely free rein for his physical and verbal shenanigans as Wishee Washee, at the same time mixing traditional fare with an astute innovation or two.

The stationing of the musicians in the boxes on either side of the circle gives a stereophonic feel to the score and is particularly effective, while the set from regular Everyman designers Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith glitters as never before.

Daniel Beales, as Widow Twankey, is at his funniest out of costume for a brilliant Twelve Days of Christmas routine; Miles Western is a suitably menacing Abanazar; and young players Ben Darcy and Grace Eccle lend attractive singing voices to Aladdin and his Princess.


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Circus clown Tweedy brings his trademark tomfoolery to a largely traditional pantomime