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Aladdin in Worthing

One of the first pantos out of the blocks this year is Aladdin at Worthing. Muddy gets a family verdict.

Panto season’s here – oh not it isn’t… oh, yes it is, and one of the first out of the blocks this year is Aladdin at Worthing.

Lee Latchford-Evans from Steps is doing the honours as Aladdin himself while CBeebies’ Rebecca Keatley plays feisty Princess Jasmine. Comedian Vikki Stone gets cloaked up as the evil Abanazar and Brian Blessed booms out the voice of the Genie of the Lamp.

Picture by Sam Pharoah

Muddy got a family verdict on the show…

What were the best bits?

All: The kids crew ‘Mini Police’ at the beginning and interval cautioning the audience not to use their phones was very amusing. The musical interlude was lots of fun and the audience stayed engaged with it to the end.

Funniest bits?

Grown-ups: Widow Twankey and Abanazar totally embracing fluffing their lines – probably a better pay off than the scripted jokes. The cast were clearly having fun and enjoying making each other laugh, all very inclusive.

Picture by Savannah Photographic

Best joke?

Grown-ups: A scripted round of jokes in the band song with Abanazar clearly mixing it up with a gag for the grown-ups… Bonnie Tyler is like Ikea furniture – every now and then it falls apart.

Picture by Savannah Photographic

How scary was the baddie?

Girls: Not so scary but his (her) voice was very entertaining.
Mum: His/her mannerisms were overly theatrical and very funny.

Best songs ?

Mia (child): Greatest Showman
Grandma: Night Fever

Favourite character?

Mum: Abanazar – Vikki Stone was awesome
Girls: Wishy Washy played by Mark Jones (Mum says: he was good fun with the kids, even though he had a small boy with his trousers undone cry the stage…!)

Picture by Savannah Photographic

Favourite costume?

Girls: Spirit of the ring, especially the sparkly outfit at the end
Grandma: Moussaka third!

Anything else you liked?

Girls: The flying carpet – oooooh! (Mum says: there was lots of dry ice for that bit). The Band song was noisy and fun when they all get together and did double time.
Mum: the Steps singalong was a bit lost on the girls …. it’s probably best to prep your kids on the Steps Mega-mix beforehand!

Picture by Savannah Photographic

Overall?

It was a fun night and people were still bopping about while putting their coats on to head home.

Aladdin is at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre until Tues 1 Jan with two performances on most days. Tickets are from £13.50 worthingtheatres.co.uk

See the full Muddy round-up of Christmas shows in Sussex here.

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