I have to confess… pantos have never really been “my thing”. Theatre yes. Pantos no. Don’t ask me why.. maybe just because I didn’t go myself much as a child? So I just didn’t get them??? My husband on the other hand LOVES a good panto and has been patiently waiting 8years (well, 7, because we did go last year), to finally go to the Panto with the kids. When the Lyric invited us along the Aladdin Press Night, I confess, I only said yes because I knew my husband wanted to go. Me bad.
Because the show was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes. Simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
A big fat 10 out 10 from the whole family.
As mentioned, I HAVE been to the panto before, and I always found pantos, funny, but just ok, if I am being honest. However, yesterday’s Aladdin show at the Lyric Hammersmith blew my mind.
It was funny. It was quirky. It had some great tunes. It had some brilliant gags. The costumes were amazing. The actors where brilliant and it had a fabulously modern and contemporary feel about it. The Lyric is rapidly becoming one of my new favourite theaters (check out it’s seriously good Father Christmas show and we also so Bugsy Malone before it went on tour… another two exceptional productions) and once again it pushed all my theater going buttons.
Right from the word go, the audience was boo-ing, hiss-ing and cheering along with the cast. Abanazer (Vikki Stone) was just brilliant (the whole cast was brilliant, but Abanazer is my personal favourite), never have I seen a villain that was so engaging as Vikki Stone’s Abanazer. Wishy Washy (Arthur McBain) did a fabulous job at keeping the audience engaged and participating and of course Widow Twankey’s banter had you in stitches (poor audience member Tom). Though the cast themselves did a fantastic job, I have to also give the set design and costumes a mention. They are what make a show truly magical. The flying carpet – really did fly (or so it seemed, with the kids still asking today “how they did that”) and I couldn’t take my eyes of Widow Twankey’s ingenious costumes – with a particularly impressive plastic bag dress (I think that was my favourite).
As an aside, I love the Lyric’s ongoing commitment to green issues and on going support of young people in the community!
All in all, a marvellous theatre, with class A productions, well worth a visit this Christmas season – whether it is Aladdin for the whole family to enjoy or Father Christmas for the slightly younger kids – you will most certainly get into the festive spirit once you have been to visit.
Thanks again to the press team for inviting as along to the show! We had a fantastic evening and are now well into our Christmas festivities!