They know what works
Review: Aladdin, Stag Theatre,
by Helen Geraghty
A sumptuous oriental world of rich colours and stunning
song-and-dance routines awaits at this cracking festive night out
for all the family.
There’s a very tight team of hilarious family entertainers who
have become the stalwarts of the Christmas offering at this
Add to that heady mix the well formed torso of Boyzone’s Shane
Lynch as baddie Abanazar, pictured, and you have a truly winning
My kids and their hard-of-hearing great aunt all loved the
clearly delivered and impeccable comedy of panto dame Robert
Pearce, who plays Widow Twankey, and his side-kick, the high-octane
This gang know just what works every year, like their hilarious
“we’ll have to do it again then, won’t we!” ghost routine, and are
adding to it each time.
The audience here have also seen Jasette Amos before, but this
year, playing two alternating genies and with some really good
songs to sing, she was better than ever. A huge voice to truly
raise the rafters.
There were dancers with mandarin collars and endless legs as
well as tiny tots dressed as Chinese rice-pickers who couldn’t put
a foot wrong.
There was dancing in the aisles too, as the cast joined Shane
Lynch to perform Boyzone’s Picture of You, complete with original
And with prices for next year’s panto frozen till the end of
January, one thing is certain: “We’ll have to do it again then,
Aladdin runs at the Stag until Sunday, January 6.
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