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Aladdin at The King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 14th Dec 2013 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Review by Cameron Lowe

Aladdin at Glasgow King's Theatre

If you have ever doubted that magic exists, step inside Glasgow’s King’s Theatre in December.  It will take your breath away.  Children and adults alike are transported to a wonderful place where laughter comes as easily as breathing in and out.  This year, we are transported to the Far East as Aladdin takes to the stage in his home town of Peking.

Karen Dunbar once again leads the all-star cast as Mrs McConkey in this laugh-a-second ride to make believe.  Onstage there has been a terrible accident ... but, luckily, Mrs McConkey is able to stand in at the last minute to play the pivotal role of “The Slave of the Ring”. 

Karen has the audience in stitches from the off and we settle into our seats for a great night’s entertainment.  But the cast never let us get too comfortable as we are encouraged to shout and boo and sing and dance along with our favourite characters throughout.

Des Clarke really makes his mark this year as Wishee Washee.  With his likable character and high energy hi-jinks he gets the kids onside with ease.  He is also given some scope to deliver stand-up style one liners which had broad appeal.

Kieran Brown raises spirits ‘Higher and Higher’ as Aladdin with smooth tenor vocals and a sweetly genuine relationship with Princess Jasmine played by ‘Search for Dorothy’ finalist, Jenny Douglas.  The quality of this parnership’s harmonised vocals are worth the ticket price alone.



Gavin Mitchell gives the audience something to ‘boo’ at – and I’m completely complimentary there!  As baddie Abanazar he is “more evil than Simon Cowell and worse than the guys who sell PPI”.  Gordon Cooper is a cracking Widow Twankey.

Writer, Eric Potts, delivers a wonderfully funny script freely directed by Jimmy Chisholm with plenty of scope for the cast to have fun onstage.  The Twelve Days of Christmas number is simply hilarious.  Choreography from Joanne McShane is fast, exciting and delivered with style by a talented dance troupe.

Don’t miss your chance to join in with this wonderful family extravaganza before the run ends on Sunday 12th January 2014.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Until 12 January
Tickets £10.90 - £32.40



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