After a roaring success during its run last year, the star-spangled cast of classic Christmas pantomime Aladdin is back by popular demand to Cardiff’s New Theatre.
An ‘Aladdin’s cave of unmissable entertainment’, the show packs a punch with a celebrity cast, a great set and costume design, exciting special effects and a whole lot of oh no he isn’ts. About as far from the 1992 Disney film version of Aladdin as it’s possible to be, Sam Kane’s Aladdin, the pantomime, follows the efforts of Aladdin (Ian ‘H’ Watkins, aka H from 1990s pop band Steps) to win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Holly Bluett) and escape the evil tirade of the trademark villain, Abanazar (Sam Kane).
The show is funny and tongue in cheek, with all the Christmas calamity that you’d expect from Wales’ biggest pantomime. With a cast that delights the audience – constant references, alongside several musical interludes, are made to H’s pop-star status and Genie Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas’ rugby-playing history – the production has the audience laughing out loud and singing along, booing the baddies from their first appearance on stage.
Aladdin - Ian H Watkins
Spirit of the Ring - Linda Lusardi
Genie of the Lamp - Gareth Alfie Thomas
Widow Twankey - Mike Doyle
Wishy Washy - Andy Jones
Aladdin will play at the New Theatre Cardiff from 12th December 2015 until 17th January 2016.