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Aladdin - Bradford Alhambra - Tuesday 18 December 2013

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 18th Dec 2013 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
The Bradford pantomime at the Alhambra theatre has always set the benchmark for other pantomimes in the country. This years production of Aladdin is a lavish affair with excellent special effects such as a giant Cobra, a huge Genie of the lamp, a flying carpet and a larger than life Gorilla!

Bradford Alhambra, AladdinAppearing in his 15th panto at the Alhambra, Yorkshire comedian Billy Pearce is an old pro at this type of thing, he held the audience in the palm of his hand from start to finish playing Aladdin.

Chico plays the Slave of the Ring and he appears to have made the transition from X factor hopeful to pantomime star with ease. Bare chested throughout the show, he gave the mums and grandmums in the audience a treat with his manly figure.

Jeffrey Harmer playes an excellent baddie as Abanazar: "I thought you were Simon Cowell", Chico says to Abanazar on their first meeting. Adam Stafford as Widow Twankey has some choice lines too that are not just for the younger members of the audience: "I'm having trouble with my Hotpoint" he shares as we enter Twankey's laundry.

Aladdin, Alhambra Bradford
Photo courtesy of Bradford Theatres

Jenny Gayner as Princess Jasmine is delightful whilst the dancers in the show never miss a beat. The Acrobats in the show - The Acromaniacs - provide more splapstick but their timing is just as tight as Billy Pearce and his jokes.

Of course there is some audience participation with plastic bananas being handed out into the audience who are then invited to throw them at the giant Gorilla!

Even One Direction's Number 1 hit, Live While We're Young gets sung in the show along with last year's LMFAO hit, Party Rocking.

Like all good pantomimes it ends with a happy ending with Aladdin marrying Princes Jasmine. "Have you enjoyed it?" asks Pearce as the audience replies enthusiastically. "If you want some more, come back tomorrow then when we do it all again" he jokes.

Aladdin, Alhambra Bradford
Photo courtesy of Bradford Theatres

The Alhambra show has done it again with a show for the young and young at heart. It might have been a damp winter's night outside but there is still a beacon of light and energy at the Alhambra with this superb production


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. This sounds like a classic family panto. Bright and fun.
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