Panto at The Deco is the one and only

THE one and only Chesney Hawkes, as Aladdin, joined Rugby’s Melissa Walton, as Princess Jasmine, for a night of pure family fun.

The creative team behind Aladdin at The Deco spectacularly transformed the traditional tale into something modern, different and exciting.

The show included a lot of modern references, including the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, and all the songs were different from the original film version.

Music included well-known hits such as Don’t Stop Believing and of course I am The One and Only, which was a huge hit for a young Chesney in the 1990s.

Chesney and Melissa looked very at home together on the stage and the whole cast looked if they were having a great time.

My personal favourite was Wishee Washee played by the fantastic Paul Twain, who along with the equally fantastic Widow Twankey, (David Pibworth), provided the most laughs along the way.

Aladdin has a lovely community feel to it and included appearances from the runner-up of Northampton’s Got Talent, as well as the Northampton Saint’s mascot Bernie the Dog.

There was plenty of the usual slapstick pantomime antics which went down well with the audience.

A lot of hard work went into what was a very enjoyable night.

Aladdin will be on at The Deco until Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24).

Alice Dyer