The weather is getting cold and the festive decorations are starting to appear, this can only mean one thing, it’s Christmas! Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the all-important, Christmas Pantomime. There are so many great panto stories that have and continue to keep the Great British public entertained at Christmas and this year is no exception. The Churchill Theatre Bromley has been transformed into a magical panto world, playing host to Aladdin. Aladdin is one of the most popular and well-loved panto stories and this production of Aladdin certainly cements that reputation.
There are so many elements that go toward making the perfect panto, the bright and colourful costumes and set, the songs, the upbeat dance routines, audience participation, the carefully placed jokes to keep the parents entertained and of course the all-important cast. Aladdin has crammed all of these elements in, making this one hell of a stand out show.
The cast is led by Eastenders’ actor, Scott Maslin, in the role of the evil Abanazar. Maslin gives a brilliant performance as Abanazar, he will have the children hissing and booing until they lose their voices and will certainly keep everyone entertained. The stand out element of Maslin’s performance is that he has gone beyond the stereotypical portrayal of a panto villain, his performance is highly physical and even borderline silly at times. This makes Abanazar comical as well as evil, making his performance highly entertaining.
In the title role of Aladdin is Hi-5 presenter, Luke Roberts. Roberts’ performance of Aladdin is exactly what you expect to see from a male lead in Panto, he is sweet, engaging, funny, and has boundless energy. Aladdin is desperately in love with Princess Jasmine and will stop at nothing to win her heart and marry her. Playing the role of Princess Jasmine is the presenter of kids TV show Milkshake, Jen Pringle. Pringle is every inch the panto princess and she will certainly be a face children will recognise.
A panto just wouldn’t be the same without the dame. In the role of Widow Twankey is the dame legend, Bobby Crush, a much loved and familiar face at the Churchill Bromley. Crush is loud, rude, cheeky and hilarious as Widow Twankey and will most definitely bring some comedy for the adults in the audience. Playing Widow Twankey’s other son, Wishee Washee is the absolutely hilarious, Mark James. James gives a fantastic and stand out performance as Wishee Washee and will keep laughing from start to finish with is jokes, physical comedy and voice. Another stand out performance comes from comedienne and impressionist, Jess Robinson. Robinson plays the Genie of the Ring and will dazzle you with the amount of impressions she delivers in such a short space of time, keep your ears open as you will hear the voices of some of your favourite TV personalities and characters. Not only is Robinson extremely funny and entertaining, she has a fantastic singing voice, which will certainly take you by surprise.
The show takes you on a fast paced and entertaining journey as Abanazar tries hard to get his evil hands on the magic lamp, whilst Aladdin is determined to marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine and neither characters will stop until they have succeeded in making their plans a reality. Among the drama and fun there are regular intervals of song and dance routines, you will most definitely hear some of your favourite chart toppers that will have you clapping and singing along. The show is fun, farcical and full of high energy entertainment, guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and boo a plenty. This really is the perfect theatrical treat to get you in the festive mood.
Review by Haydn James
British Soap award-winning Eastenders actor, Scott Maslin stars as Abanazar in this year’s 2015 Churchill Theatre Bromley Pantomime. He will be joined by Channel 5’s Milkshake! Presenter Jen Pringle as Princess Jasmine, and back by popular demand, the legendary Bobby Crush will be Widow Twankey. We are also thrilled to announce that the cast will be joined by Hi-5 presenter, Luke Roberts as the title role of Aladdin, and British comedian and impressionist Jess Robinson will play the Genie of The Ring.
Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year’s pantomime spectacular. Aladdin is guaranteed to delight the whole family with its stunning sets, glittering costumes, wonderful songs and dazzling dancing that audiences have come to expect from the Churchill Theatre – topped off with laughter and audience participation aplenty! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas and New Year.
The Churchill Theatre
Friday 27th November 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016