Review: Aladdin, New Mills Art Theatre

Usually I watch the first night when I critique the pantomimes, however this year due to being away I watched the Sunday Matinee – a full house – the atmosphere was electric, says reviewer Adrian Leggett.

This years was one of the best I’ve seen at the Art Theatre.

The show moved along at a great pace, and we were introduced to Aladdin (Jake Ridgway) – now this role is normally played by a female, so I did have a slight concern, however, this only lasted a short time as he made the part believable – and by the end I thought his casting was the right move and really enjoyed his performance.

Then came Wishee Washee (Connor Wyse) – so much energy and another great performance.  To me one of the best performances came from the Dame, Widow Twankey (Darren Cooper pictured right) – Les Dawson would be proud of it!

Great humour from the policemen, Hu Dun Pong (Graham Fletcher-Shaw) and Yu Dun Wong (Geoff Lunn) – they had the audience in stitches – a very clever duo that worked well.

Fine performances from the Emperor (Barry Jarvis), Princess Mandarin (Mhairi Jennings), So-Shy (Amelia Smith) and the larger than life Genie of the Lamp (Angela Hulme pictured right) who ate the stage and had the chance to show off her wonderful voice!  And of course, there was the all singing and dancing chorus who all worked so well together and made the show such fun to watch.

The costumes, sets and lighting, along with great musical numbers from Tim Walker (Musical Director) and choreography by Cathryn Yates made sure the stage was full of energy adding some very clever moments. Director, Sean Stennings was handed a good script and made great use of it to produce a really great pantomime, well worth a visit, not to be missed.  I just had to listen to everyone around me to know the show is a great success.

Well done Friends of the Art Theatre for an enjoyable afternoon! Keep the Art Theatre going we all need it!

The show can be seen again on February 2 and 3 at 7.15pm and February 3 at 2.15pm.

Adrian Leggett

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