Aladdin is probably the best know of all the pantomimes so I won't go into the story too much. There were lots of highlights for us though including Wishee Washee throwing sweets into the crowd, the traditional '12 days of Christmas' farce and lots of hits to clap along to including a very good rendition of Sia's Chandelier from Princess Jasmine .
Abenazer (Kevin O'Keefe) is the bad guy that your kids will love to hate with plenty of booing, hissing and shouting of 'oh no it isn't'. The two silly policemen (Garry Walsh and Lewis Denny) will have everyone laughing and there are lots of one liners that will get a few giggles from the grown ups too. Including the whole audience shouting AH SO whenever Wishee Washee appeared on stage.
I loved that there were lots of local references in the script and I'm sure the dads in the audience appreciated the latest Newcastle score updates too! Our kids think it's magical when the stars on stage mention a place they have heard of.
Widow Twankey did what she does best and it seems like he (sorry she) was made for this part but it really was Wishee Washee (Charlie Richmond) who stole the audiences hearts and had everyone rooting for him. For me, he simply is panto personified and we all loved being part of his gang!
I asked everyone their favourite characters or parts of the show:-
Mammy - Lots of singing and dancing including some of my favourite songs (special mention for the child dancers who were fabulous).
Daddy - Ebenazer because he's evil!
Harry (aged 9) - Wishy-Washy and the policemen because they are funny.
Heidi (aged 6) - Aladdin as I like the songs.
Jack (aged 4) - The magic genie.
As you can see, there is something for everyone! If you are looking for a traditional family panto that young, old and in between will enjoy, this is the panto for you.
The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is really easy to get to on Newcastle's Westgate road - just a 2 minute walk from Stowell Street (directions/public transport/parking info here). The show continues until 30th December and tickets are available from just £15 each.