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Review by Simon Sladen -
We’ve all heard of triple threat performers; well, those in Aladdin at the Shaw Theatre, London are a rare bread of performer known as the quadruple threat. Not only can they sing, act and dance, but they all play numerous musical instruments to accompany the show.
This Aladdin has a rock ’n’ roll theme, which includes lively musical numbers such as ‘I’m a believer’ and ‘Make you a star’; all superbly played and performed by the talented cast.
Graham Kent as Widow Twankey is most definitely a man in a dress, or should we say man of many dresses? Dressed as a pagoda, a washing machine and an oriental vase at various points throughout the show, Kent commands the stage and enjoys many a comic caper with Chris Coxon as Wishee Washee.
Coxon is a sprightly Wishee who has the children screaming with delight each time he bounces onto the stage. At his command the audience shout with pleasure “We all think you’re dishy” to his call of “Wishee Washee Wishee”.
Someone who does find Wishee dishy is So-
As this is a rock-
The theatrical space is well used, with actors entering and exiting through the auditorium. So besotted were the children of the audience with Oliver Seymour-
Writers Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan, creators of ‘The Tweenies’, have used their skill and expertise to create a fantastic script for this family show. Widow Twankey says, “There’s nothing like blowing your own trumpet” and with a production as good as this, she deserves to blow it loud and proud.
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