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Aladdin: Genie In The Sky With Diamonds

The Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Author: Sarah Nixon and Mark Chatterton
Director: Mark Chatterton
Producer: Everyman-Playhouse.
Cast Includes: Sam Bloom, Phil Corbitt, Emily Grace, Francis Tucker, Kate Pinell, Adam Keast, Steve Simmonds, Nicky Swift.
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

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Few Christmas traditions are more highly regarded than the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomimes staged by the Everyman. This year, it is Aladdin and all those involved have taken the firm favourite to a different level, making this a fun-filled night out that will have families laughing out loud, saying “Ah” and Booing with the best of them.

What makes this production special is the versatility of the cast, none of whom are ever off stage, as they also provide the live music when not hogging the limelight. Not only is Phil Corbitt a spectacularly dastardly Abanaza, he’s also a devilish guitarist, whereas Kate Pinell can also blow a fair tune as well as being decidedly nasty to her daughter as the wicked Empress. Special mention should also be made of young Sam Bloom and Emily Grace who played their parts of Aladdin and Princess Willow brilliantly.

But with this being Panto, it is the clowns we love and few will do better jobs than Francis Tucker as the shamelessly OTT Dottie Twankey, Adam Keast in the role of the disarmingly pompous Sgt. Pepper or Steve Simmonds as a 1970’s retro-chic Genie, Candy Floss, who is quite simply hilarious. Yes things go wrong, but nobody really cares. This is Panto and bikes that fail to move or lines that refuse to come, or are simply made up, just add to the occasion.

This show is great entertainment and anyone wishing to introduce the magic of theatre to their children should book without delay.

LISTEN to Chris High on BBC Radio Merseyside talk about AladdinListen to Chris High on BBC Radio Merseyside 31st October 2007

Thursday 06 Dec 2007

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