Aladdin: Grimsby Auditorium – review

There’s a feast of laughter, music and dance at the Grimsby Auditorium for the next fortnight when this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, takes to the stage. It’s a fun packed show with something for all the family and it’ll make a perfect Christmas treat for any child, young or old, who still believes in the magical power that can lurk in the most unassuming looking old oil lamps.

There are fantastic song and dance numbers, some ridiculously ribticulous jokes, plenty of good old fashioned slapstick, plus magic, sword fights and of course true romance. There’s plenty of audience participation too and on the night we were there the adults were shouting just as loud as the kids!

When the curtain rises we’re in downtown Peking and there’s trouble brewing on the Street of a Thousand Goldfish because our eponymous hero, the boy Aladdin, played with style and panache by Mary Viscomi, has been seen climbing the palace garden walls to get a glimpse of Lydia Rose Berties’ gorgeously irresistible Princess Baldroubadour. Unfortunately the punishment for setting eyes on her royal personage is beheading and Aladdin spends much of his time avoiding the attention of the guards. Between peeping and hiding he doesn’t have much time to put in a shift at his mother’s laundry.

There’s a terrifying villain of course in the form of Abanazar, played by Coronation Street’s Nigel Pivaro, with more cackle than you can shake a stick at, some excellent local dancers, a disco powered genie who’s ready to burst into song at any moment and, stealing all the best scenes, two locally born performers who are returning to perform in their home town for the first time, Phil Hoyles as the devastatingly glamorous washer woman Widow Twankey, owner of some of the most outrageous outfits ever to grace a Lincolnshire stage, and Gareth Bennett-Ryan as her eldest son and brother of the show’s hero, Wishee Washee (altogether now He’s quite dishy).

We went down to the opening night and had a fantastic time, oh yes we did, particular highlights being the washing of the royal smalls (rub a dub dub, scrub a dub dub and don’t let them touch the floor) and the moment when, having travelled to Egypt by flying carpet our heroes find themselves sharing a pyramid with a inquisitive mummy.

So if you fancy for taking the kids for a marvellous evening of traditional seasonal theatre then the Auditorium is your place to be until December 26th and if you haven’t got any kids then borrow some. If you’re arriving in style there’s a special raised area for parking carpets but however you get there you’re sure of a great night because this Aladdin is definitely a pantomime not to be missed.

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Aladdin is at Grimsby Auditorium until December 26th

To book tickets call Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
Or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
Or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply
Restoration levy included