Bobby Davro and Basil Brush in finest festive form

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Aladdin

Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton (Derngate stage)

Runs until January 8

Review by Ginny Hunter

YOU can miss a session up the gym after seeing this pantomime - I laughed so much my belly muscles ached.

What a fantastic pantomime and great family fun. Aladdin at the Derngate ticked all the right boxes for children and adults.

Most will know the story of Aladdin and his love for the Princess Jasmine and how he is forbidden to even look at her and then gets hold of a lamp and a Genie appears and grants all his wishes. Well yes, this does follow the traditional story, handsome Prince gets beautiful Princess with a wonderful wedding, but this Panto surpassed all my expectations - and mainly because of Bobby Davro. He was wonderful as Aladdin’s brother and stole the show with his quick witted comedy that was aimed at both old and new. Throwing in some of his amazing impressions including, Elton John, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and Sir Bruce Forsyth who showed up in support of Aladdin played by former Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna. I even got to see one of my old childhood legends Basil Brush and he still had me in stitches...boom boom!

The panto had a surprise around every corner and I really do not want to give too much away but they touched almost all your senses!

I have to say it was one of the best I have seen in a long time. The whole cast were brilliant and you could see that a lot of hard work and determination had gone into making the production a success. Singing, dancing, laughing, special effects and audience participation - this great British tradition is a must-see this Christmas and New Year.