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Aladdin at The People’s Theatre

~a guest blog by Ashleigh Swan from Ashleigh Money Saver


My daughter and I were invited along to the People’s theatre amateur pantomime production of Aladdin. 

This was my first panto since I was a child, and I didn’t know if I would enjoy it as much as I remember I did when I was a child. When you think about pantomimes you think of somewhere to take the kids at Christmas. However, my doubts were cast away in the first few minutes and I can honestly say it is one of the best nights out I have had in a long time.

The Aladdin story has been told many times, in many ways. Therefore, they added some new characters, so you feel like you’re watching a classic for the first time. A new character they have added is Wishee Washee. He is by far the best character, I would actually go as far as saying he really made the show. His dragon joke (I won’t say too much) was retold time and time again during the performance and each time was as funny as the first. 

The entire cast was amazing. I would say the dancers aged from 5-60 and were all brilliant, they all showed as much energy and enthusiasm as each other and gave every performance their all. The cast included Leon Gill (Genie), Paul Gaitskell (Abanazar), Joe Robson (Aladdin), Steve Robertson (Wishee Washee), Madeline Carter (Window Twankey), Sara Jo Harrison (Empress Ezmeanie), Stephen Waller (Emperor Jor-di), Emma Cockburn (PC Slap), Nathan Hussain (PC Tickle) and James Lane (The Mummy). These are just the main cast, but the rest of the performers were also incredible. 

The princess, who was so exotically named Cheryl, is such a good actress but an even better singer! It wouldn’t be surprising if she was a household name by this time next year. One of my favourite songs, Clean Bandit – Symphony, was even incorporated into the show and I was literally blown away by the performance, I didn’t expect the princess to have such a wonderful voice.

Genie’s solo was also incredible and got the crowd really engaged. Everyone was clapping and singing along and it was a bit of a show stopper if I’m honest, I’m not surprised they started the interval afterwards, there was no way you could follow that!

One aspect of the show I loved was they also incorporated modern music, so you could have fun and sing along. 

This is not just a panto for children. They have included some jokes for the adults to keep you entertained. We were chatting with an older couple next to us. They come every year to the People’s Theatre for the pantos, and they say it is brilliant every year. So, if you’ve been to a previous panto there, this one is just as good, if not better.

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If the price puts you off going to professional pantomimes, then this is one for you. It is very cheap but in no way does it affect the quality, it is absolutely superb. Tickets are just £14, and children just £11.50. During the interval, there is a bar which is also very cheap, and programs are just £1.

Admittedly, the parking is not the best, which is no fault of the theatre. However, if you are planning on driving the best place to park would be the Corner House car park. Public transport is ideal. There is a bus stop very close by.

However, I would highly recommend this panto. The final performance is on Sunday 17th December 2017, and tickets are going fast. You will want to get yours quickly.



~a guest blog by Ashleigh Swan from Ashleigh Money Saver




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