THEATRE REVIEW: a lampful of fun for all

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Aladdin

Spa Centre, Leamington

Until Saturday January 4

Review by Hannah Smith


This year’s Spa Centre showstopper is something completely and brilliantly magical.

The festive performance could not be a bigger hit for all ages, thanks to an excellent cast, a wonderfully enjoyable plot and jokes for everyone right from the start.

The age-old story of love and determination follows Aladdin, a poor street urchin desperately trying to win the love of the princess, as he strives for riches and battles the evil Abanazar - all with the help of larger-than-life genie and his impoverished washer family.

But stealing the show were the excellent Kev McGreevy and Kai Owen as Wishee Washee and Widow Twanky, as they worked their magic on the room and a few unsuspecting victims in the audience. The pair’s hilarious relationship on stage was infectious. Hugely funny from the off, they kept the excited children mesmerised right to the end.

This infectious energy was clear in the whole cast as the jokes continued and the fun being had on stage shone through the whole performance.

The odd slip up - including a lost beard - only made the night funnier for the already roaring audience as the characters bounced off each other to make the show their own.

Not forgetting the long-awaited choruses of ‘ooh yes he is!’ to get the children jumping up and down with excitement, the talented and heart-warming song and dance performances on stage and an impressive Chinese dragon routine.

It all made for a truly excellent night.