We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to watch the pantomime, Aladdin at the Opera House Theatre, in Manchester this week. Panto really is the perfect introduction to the magical world of theatre for all ages. Our girls were sat on the edge of their seat ready to take everything in. It’s also the perfect start to the festive season and a great way for families to enjoy a little festive fun.
Panto Review, Aladdin At The Opera House Manchester
Wow, I must start my review addressing the atmosphere in the theatre. Because tonight made me believe a wish had definitely been granted!!! Just to see the beaming faces of our children and the audience, additionally, not to mention the cast members was a joy to behold.
I’m lucky enough to be part of a local Panto team, thus meaning I fully understand and appreciate exactly what it takes to bring a full production of this size together. The costumes were some of the best I’ve seen on a stage, not just in Panto but in all of the theatre ….. They were simply FAAAAABULOUS!!! The vibrant scenery, sound and also dazzling light effects helped bring the tale to life. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but scene at the end of Act One is mind-blowing!
The Cast Of Aladdin At The Opera House
The entire cast was so slick! The start of the show was the fabulous. With Alexandra Burke as Scherezade who provided the Xfactor for the musical numbers, assisted by the excellent dancers. We were even treated to some of her greatest hits which got everyone dancing in their seats. Our eldest daughter was amazed to see a real life pop star!
Matthew Croke as Aladdin and Rumi Sutton as Jasmine were beautifully cast. Rumi is simply stunning, the perfect princess, they both brought great energy to the stage. However, If I could have added anything to the production it would have been lovely to hear them sing a number together. Especially as Matthew successfully gained a place on Olly Murs team on ITV’s The Voice. But of all the wonderful cast, Jasmine was definitely my youngest daughter’s favourite.
Nicola Sanderson brought great humour to her strong character The Supreme Leader of Mancunia. Whilst John McLarnon as Abanazar made the theatre roar with boos, he looked and played the part of the villain perfectly.
The comedy duo of Ben Nickless as Wishee Washee and Ceri Dupree as Widow Twankey probably stole the show for all the adults, everyone was laughing out loud. With plenty of Classic and topical gags, creating the perfect injection of tongue in cheek jokes and banter to keep the adults happy, whilst also pitched to flow over the little ones heads. Thus creating the perfect balance for all.
Followed by slick slapstick routines which our children loved. It’s obvious that Ben and Ceri have been performing in pantomimes for a very long time. Ben has recently earned the award for Best Panto Comic at the Great British Pantomime Awards.
The Orchestra Must Also Be Mentioned
From the overture to the curtain call, they completed every number to perfection. Thus creating the perfect backdrop to a magnificent festive show.
If you are wondering what to do over the Christmas holidays, I urge you to go and see the magic of Aladdin. It’s a fast-paced panto which keeps the audience of ages under it’s magical spell throughout.
We left the performance with a smile on our faces, hearing discussions led by the question: “If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for?”
Aladdin is showing at The Opera House in Manchester until the 2nd Jan 2022, with tickets from £13.00. It really is the perfect family festive activity. A huge thank you to the Young family for reviewing for me, who received tickets in return for a honest review and Louise really is a seasoned Panto expert of the highest order. See here for more theatre reviews.