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Aladdin
Aladdin

The annual Christmas 
pantomime is as much as part of the festive line-up as sprouts, turkey and grand-dad nodding off in front of the television.

And though usually met with tired groans from mums and dads dreading taking the children for another night of “he’s behind you” as a confused dame makes lewd jokes, this year’s showstopper Aladdin at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington is something completely magical.

The festive performance could not be a bigger hit for all ages, thanks to an excellent cast, a wonderfully enjoyable plot and jokes for everyone right from the start.

Stealing the show were the excellent Kev McGreevy and Kai Owen as Wishee Washee and Widow Twanky, as they worked their magic on the room and a few unsuspecting victims in the audience. The pair’s hilarious relationship on stage was infectious. Hugely funny from the off, they kept the excited children mesmerised right to the end. This infectious energy was clear in the whole cast as the jokes continued and the fun being had on stage shone throughout the show. Aladdin plays until January 4.

Review by Hannah Smith