Belgrade Theatre Present Aladdin for Christmas 2014

Written by on November 29, 2014

The Jewel in the crown for the Belgrade Theatre when it comes to panto season begins with Director Ian Lauchlan, with over 40 years working in the entertainment industry, he has the vision when it comes to bringing the magic of Christmas to the Belgrade Theatre stage.

Radio Warwickshire’s mini reporters had a birds eye view of the performance last night. With dazzling set, incredible costumes bursting with sequins and sparkle and in one scene ‘fairy lights’. Our mini reporters were mesmerised from start to finish.

The script was full of humour, audience participation and like all good pantomimes, enough gags for the grown ups to equally enjoy the spectacular performance.

The plot follows Aladdin as he attempts to win the heart of the beautiful princess. But there’s a law decreeing that she can only marry a prince and the evil Abanazar is determined to stand in his way. Can his mum – Widow Twankey – and her son Wishee Washee help or are they more interested in the soapy world of their Chinese laundry? How will Aladdin ever make his fortune and ensure his dreams come true?

The giggles were aplenty from the Radio Warwickshire reporters, but none more so than with this years pantomimes adaptation of The 12 Days of Christmas. The whole theatre was in raucous laughter as the cast re-worked this classic, replacing ‘five gold rings’ with the likes of ‘five toilet rolls’ which were flung into the audience for effect and kept the laughter going throughout the song.

The cast – Iain Lauchlan playing Widow Twankey has such stage presence, with perfect comedy timing, working the audience in the most elaborate costumes seen to date. Morna Macpherson plays Aladdin, Sion Lloyd Abanaza, Marcqelle Ward the Genie and not forgetting Craig Hollingsworth who plays a blinding performance as Wishee Washee.

If you are looking for that magical start to the festive season, look no further than The Belgrade Theatre this season!

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