REVIEW: Magical panto comes to Rhyl

Published date: 09 December 2013 |
Published by: Terry Canty 
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SPELLBINDING sets, show-stopping musical numbers, impeccably timed old-school humour; and head-scratching illusions combine to create this Pavilion Theatre Pantomime, Aladdin.

Steve Spiers brings us his genius deadpan humour with more than a nod to Tommy Cooper as the villain Abanazar, focussed on becoming the most powerful man in Peking and master of the lamp.

Sweet natured Chris Edgerley gives an energetic performance as our hero Aladdin, whose goal is to win the hand of Princess Jasmine charmingly portrayed by Lea Marinelli.

Support comes in the form of streetwise and sparky Helena Dowling as the Slave of the Ring, Spencer K Gibbins adds a touch of class to the role of the emperor while Sean Jones and his fondness for sillyness and slapstick particularly when paired with Peking boys in blue and head scratching illusionists Stephen Allanson and Frankie Rogers make him a hit as Wishee Washee.

With countless costume changes and acerbic sense of humour Widow Twankey AKA Anthony Williams adds another comic element made all the more impressive by the fact he is also the show's Director.

Abaly assisted by supporting cast drawn from The North Wales School of Dance and the Gay Harris Dancers.

Costumes, special effects and set design, particularly the cave where Aladdin recovers the lamp, are among the best I've ever seen used to set the scene of any panto.

All in all Aladdin at The Pavilion Theatre Rhyl is a great night’s family entertainment a fairytale must see this festive season.

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