Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to get in the festive mood than to catch the latest pantomime at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.
I really can’t remember the last pantomime I watched, it was certainly back in my school days. So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I took my seat to watch Aladdin.
The colorful gang quickly filled the theatre with their unique quirky attributes. Wild and wacky jokes humor was in the air, everyone could feel the conviction. There is no way your getting out of joining in the fun and participation of the night…..oh yes you are!
The Aladdin story unfolds with an introduction to the evil conniving Abanazar, who learns that he must go in search of a special boy to go to the cave to find the magical lamp.
The set dazzling with glitter and gold leading us into the cave. Everything was planned to perfection from the musical melodies by Carol Sloman including an original score.
The script was a magical masterpiece. Laugh out loud from start to finish with the adult humor tucked in nicely, You really will be laughing your socks off. Written by Nicholas Clegg, the genius who transformed the traditional tale into this Christmas treat.
Wishee washee kept us on our toes with silly humor and banter and jokes galore complemented by his mother Widow Twankee. The chemistry almost parallel to that of Laurel and Hardy. Slap stick humor at its best.
24 amazing talented school children hit the stage to support the main cast from the Young Company they brought the screen alive.
Progressing through the story with the lamp in Aladdin’s hand, there is only one thing left to do and that’s make a wish and rub it three times.
The show has got it all from the magical genie to the adventure of a magical carpet ride with enough boo’s to sink a ship, but can Aladdin be brave enough to stand up to Abanzar and save the beautiful princess?
Queens Theatre has been producing Christmas treasures like this for 60 years and this is another top pantomime. A favorable cast creating that feel good factor directed by Matt Devitt.
I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish it really was well thought out with great jokes along the way.
You will want to join in the fun of it all. This really is a great winter warmer!
Art work by Mark Sepple