Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre - review by Steve Mills

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Aladdin starring Gareth Gates as Aladdin, Paul Burling as Wishee Washee and Nicola Brazil as the Princes Jasmin with guest star genies Camilla Dallerup  Russel Grant and Anita Dobson
Milton Keynes Theatre presents Aladdin starring Gareth Gates as Aladdin, Paul Burling as Wishee Washee and Nicola Brazil as the Princes Jasmin with guest star genies Camilla Dallerup Russel Grant and Anita Dobson
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TAKE a trip on a magic carpet ride as you won’t be disappointed when you see this pantomime classic.

The story of Aladdin about a young lad, who wants to make life better for his brother and mum, is tricked by the villainous Abanazar into helping him become the most famous sorcerer of all time. However, his life is changed when he finds a magic lamp and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

There is something incredibly likeable about all of the cast for the show who brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to all of the parts. Pop star Gareth Gates has an easy going charm in the title role and his romance with Nicola Brazil’s Princess Jasmine is touching and heart warming.

My personal favourite performance among the cast is the brilliant Paul Burling playing Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee. Essentially, it’s the role of comedy support but one that Burling, and his impressive array of spot on impressions, plays well and his banter with a joyful crowd was a delight to watch,

No pantomime would be complete without some cracking and corny jokes and there are plenty of those throughout. I won’t spoil the punchlines but there is a mickey take of The 12 Days of Christmas with full audience involvement and a joke involving balloons that is definitely for the adults.

There are plenty of contemporary and classic songs to entertain generations young and old with a unique take on Queen’s I Want It All and Could It Be Magic by Take That sitting alongside modern hits including Katy Perry’s Firework and Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.

All of this praise and there is so much hard work gone into the gorgeously elaborate sets, sumptuous costumes and brilliant lighting which helped to give the show that ws perfect in tone and atmosphere.

Aladdin has all the ingredients to cook up a pantomime treat, it is the perfect show whether you are young or old and will make you ready for the festive season.

Aladdin will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre until Sunday January 15. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/milton-keynes-theatre.