THIS yearâ€™s Queenâ€™s Theatre pantomime, Aladdin, is a real crowd-pleaser.
Picturesque sets, stunning costumes and vibrant singing and dancing sequences make this production, in conjunction with Hiss & Boo, stand out from the rest.
The familiar story is told in the simplest of terms and contains plenty of audience participation. Antony Stuart-Hicks makes a great Widow Twankey. His accent bears a pasaing resemblance to that of Paul Oâ€™Grady, not surprising as they both come from Liverpool.
But the voice of the performance belongs to David Phipps-Davis, who plays the evil Abanazar with obvious relish. His booming tones can fill the audience with fear one minute and amazement the next as he reveals a tenor voice to rival that of the late, great Pavarotti.
Mark Reeves as Wishee Washee and Hamilton Lee, who plays Aladdin, soon endear themselves to the audience, who also appreciate the antics of Ping and Ping - alias Lisa J Hanson and Merlin Cadogan - the crazy policemen.
Merlin, from Britainâ€™s Got Talent and the Milky Way, not to mention Northam, provides his own touch of magic to the production before evil is defeated and everyone lives happily ever after.
Aladdin continues at the Queenâ€™s Theatre until January 3, 2011.
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