REVIEW: Doncaster Cast’s Aladdin is festive feast of fun

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Doncaster’s Cast Theatre is this year playing host to its second brilliant panto production, following on from the success of Cinderella last year.

This season’s Christmas offering comes in the form of Aladdin, following the traditional story but with a localised twist.

All the characters you would expect are there - Aladdin himself, Wishee Washee and of course, Widow Twankey.

The story is opened by the genie of the lamp, played to perfection by Clara Darcy.

Scene by scene, the fun unfolds with all the traditional family frolic, slapstick, jokes and songs you would expect from a good Christmas panto.

Laughs are aplenty for the young and there are lots of risqué jokes, double entendres and innuendo for the adults too.

The story is given a modern interpretation with the inclusion of lots of up-to-date pop tunes that everyone knows and can sing along to - even Beyonce and Kylie songs put in an appearance during the production.

But the show for me was stolen by Alan French as Widow Twankey.

From the onset, he camped it up in spectacular style, mercilessly ribbing and flirting with a man on the front row of the audience. And right through to the end of the show he was hilarious.

Another high point was Danny Burns as Uncle Abanazar singing Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do to himself in the mirror.

My six-year-old daughter Katie remained fascinated throughout and when asked what her favourite bit was she replied “all of it!”, which says it all really.

A fantastic, fun filled family night out with good music, comedy and dance - everything Doncaster needs for a good Christmas night out.

Aladdin is thoroughly recommeded as a real Christmas cracker so go and see it.

* Andrea Pearson and Katie Pearson (age 6)

* Aladdin is running at Cast, Doncaster until January 3

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