REVIEW: Aladdin – Puzzle House Panto

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Aladdin is another fun-filled family panto and Roy Preston’s well crafted script retains all the ingredients of the traditional pantomime.

From start to finish, the stage is never empty as the performers transport effortlessly from scene to scene.

There is so much talent on stage. Louise Cockerill, Mark Ellis and Roy Preston give polished performances as Aladdin, Abanazar and Wishee Washee respectively, and they all have fine singing voices to boot. Andy Kemp makes an excellent dame, having all the facial expressions and gestures we love.

Georgia Edwards, who plays Princess Jasmine, demonstrates her versatility by doubling as Genie of The Lamp, while Phil Ling adds his own humour by playing several parts and also finding time to work the lights.

The icing on the cake is provided by Andrew Burke who accompanies the singers on keyboard with an ease that can only be marvelled at.

Shows can’t go on without help. Sue Preston, Celia Baker, Kim Kemp, Kevin Ball and Mike Allmey all play their part to make a wonderful show.

ALAN HUCKLE